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Pets in Cars

When your pet is travelling with you in your car do not allow it to put its head out of the window, this can be quite dangerous. Your pet could damage its eyes from flying debris or, if your pet has pendulous ears, it could suffer from swelling of the ear due to the ears flapping in the wind.

In the event of an accident in order to prevent your pet from flying forward through the windscreen specially made pet harnesses are now available. If you are taking your pet out in an open topped vehicle a harness is vital.

Small adaptable, curious dogs make great traveling companions. Small terriers and toys such as Miniature Schnauzers, Poodles, and Pugs make excellent globe-trotters. Larger dogs however, prefer to guard the house and give you a big welcome when you return. But there are always exceptions in both cases due to their personalities.

All dogs should be car-trained as puppies, since this is the most common form of travel for them. If you are dealing with an adult dog who is unaccustomed or afraid of car travel, you may have to make a regular training project out of it. Start out with short drives and graduate to longer trips over time.

The best way for your dog to travel with you in your car is in a pet carrier. An unsecured pet can distract you while driving or interfere with the operation of the vehicle. Too many unsecured pets have jumped from a moving vehicle to be fatally injured, when a carrier or tether could have saved them.
Your dog should always wear a collar with an I.D. tag and rabies vaccination tag, as many pets can become separated from their owners while traveling. You should consider having your dog micochipped. Most all kennels, veterinarians, and animal hospitals have scanners that can read these tiny implanted chips that are registered into nation-wide data bases with the animals home address, name, etc. The process is inexpensive, quick, and permanent. A recent photograph, especially one that shows colors and identifying marks is always helpful.

You should make certain that your dog has all his vaccinations up to date, and obtain a current health certificate from your veterinarian. The following is a list of items that should include as a travel kit for your dog: - An extra collar - A sturdy leash - Moist towelettes - His food - Treats - A sealable container of water - A chew toy - All required medicines and supplements - Brush or comb - An old towel - Plastic bags

During the trip your pet will need access to fresh water regularly, exercise, and breaks to stretch and relieve himself, and comfortable temperatures. Never leave a pet alone in a vehicle especially in hot weather, when exposed to high temperatures, dogs can suffer from a heat stroke. Lastly, just like people, some dogs can get motion sickness. Signs of motion sickness include whining, barking, pacing, salivation, panting, and vomiting. To overcome these conditions, limit their view out of windows, stop frequently, and again, don't let them become overheated.

Always be ready with your dog's leash, and make sure that it is attached to the collar before letting your dog out of the vehicle. It is also recommended to have a security tag attached to your dogs collar with your name and phone number on it in the event that your dog should become lost.

Don't forget to carry a pooper-scooper of some description on your journey. It is against the law for your pet to foul the footpaths and walkways.

If you have to leave your pet in a parked vehicle only do so for short periods of time and make sure that the pet has some ventilation. Over 10,000 pets die in parked cars every year. In hot weather an animal can be overcome by the heat. If, for example, the temperature outside was 80F the temperature on the inside can reach as much as 105F within a space of 10 minutes. The best solution is to have someone stay with the dog, and if possible take it for a walk on its leash.


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