Tips For Driving With Your Pet In Your Vehicle

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For some of us, a road trip just isn’t a road trip without our furry friends. However, you want to make it fun and safe for everyone involved. Here’s how:

  • We need to take breaks every few hours (or less), so it makes  sense that they do, as well! Give your pet some time to walk around, do their business (abiding by appropriate laws, of course), and get a snack and water!
  • Make sure, however, that their paws aren’t exposed to hot or cold surfaces for too long. Remember that we have shoes to protect our feet, and our pets do not!
  • Do you have a bigger truck or SUV? Might your pet need help climbing into your vehicle? Consider investing in a ramp, or a step, that they can take to climb in easily.
  • Also, don’t travel with your dog in the back of your pickup truck – many dogs have been injured jumping or falling out.
  • Finally, please never leave your pet locked in your car, especially during the warmer summer days. The interior of your vehicle will turn into an oven, and it can become quite harmful for your pet.

Lastly, before you set off on that big adventure, if your pet isn’t used to travel, get them acclimated by taking a handful of short drives, first. After that, you should be good to go for adventure!

Published by Brooke

Brooke Yool (Vice President, Daltons Midway) is a caffeine-dependent life form and a Crossfit addict who takes pride in taking care of her body -- after all, it's the only place we have to live. Prefers her puns intended.