Keep Your Pet Safe in the Car
It’s Hot, Keep your Pet Safe
Summer means vacation time and all kinds of trips. And if you’re like many Americans, you probably have one or more furry friends that you’re planning to take with you. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. In fact, it’s perfectly understandable that you’d want the complete family present every time you go on a trip to the beach, the park, a campground or wherever else you’re planning to go.
To ensure that your summer is filled only with fun and happy memories, make sure to keep these safety tips in mind, particularly when you’re going on a road trip with your beloved pets.
Keep your pets properly restrained.
Whenever your pets get into the car with you, you should always keep them restrained both for their safety and yours. A pet that’s freely roaming around your vehicle is a distraction that can shift your focus away from the road. And in case an accident happens, an unrestrained animal is more likely to get injured than a restrained one.
Don’t just settle for any kind of restraint, though. Choose something that will keep your pet safe but still comfortable. If you opt for a crate or carrier, it should be large enough that your pet can still move around in it. And it should be well-ventilated. It’s also a good idea to get your pet used to the carrier before your actual trip.
Keeping your pet in the carrier will not be enough. You should secure the carrier so it will not slide or fall in case of an abrupt stop.
Keep your pets properly hydrated.
Just like us, our pets tend to get extra-thirsty during hot weather too. That is why you should always bring plenty of water. Either choose bottled water or tap water stored in a jug. Sometimes, letting your pet drink water from an unfamiliar area can cause an upset tummy.
Bring enough food as well. And time your feeding properly. A light meal three to four hours before the trip is usually ideal. Remember too that it’s not advisable to feed your pet while the vehicle is moving.
Never leave your pets in the car.
It’s one of the reasons you should always try to check ahead if the places where you intend to go to are pet-friendly or not, so you won’t have to leave your pet in your car while you’re off doing something, even for just a few minutes.
In warm weather, vehicles tend to heat up quickly, even more so when you’re parked under the direct heat of the sun. Leaving the windows slightly cracked won’t be enough to keep the heat off. Which is why under no circumstance should you ever leave your pets in your car, unattended, under the summer heat.
Finally, as much as they seem to enjoy it, you should never allow your pets to ride with their head (or any part of their body for that matter) outside the window. Being hit with just one flying object would be enough to cause a serious injury. Not to mention the rushing wind isn’t good for their ears.
Big Sky Collision Center Says Have Safe Travels
Whether you’re traveling far, or staying nearby, always exercise caution. We see many vehicles come in that a little more attention behind the wheel could have prevented a wreck. Keep your pet safe and it’s one less distraction while driving.
If you have been in an accident, bring your car to the best auto body shop in Billings. While you’re here, see if Raisin is around.