When travelling in the car with your dog, did you know it is ILLEGAL if they are not suitably restrained? We all love our dogs, after all, they're 'man’s best friend', however, cars can be dangerous for dogs if you don't consider their needs. That's why we at CarCliq have come up with a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to travelling with your furry family members in the car.
- Correct restraint – ensure your dog has the correct harness/crate/guard to ensure they’re safe during the journey. If you’re unsure about what one is best for your dog, simply research online or ask your vet for advice.
- Always carry water – keeping yourself and your canine hydrated on long trips is very important, as it can cause fatigue and sickness. You can buy travel size water bowls for your dogs.
- Regular stops on long journeys – If you know you’re going to be in the car for a long period of time, you need to plan in plenty of stops. Your dog will want to stretch their legs, drink some water and get some fresh air, but it’s also an opportunity for them to go to the toilet.
- Window shades – this will keep the car cool and block out any direct sunlight for your dog.
- Let your dog hang outside of the window – this is highly dangerous, as your dog could be hit by a passing vehicle.
- Forgetting to switch off your airbags – if you have an accident, an airbag can do more harm than good to your dog. So, be sure to move the seat back as far as possible and switch off the passenger-side airbag.
- Open your windows all the way down – yes, it is important to keep your dog cool during your trip, however by opening them entirely this could lead to your dog jumping out. We advise just opening the windows a little to allow some breeze to circulate the car.
- Leave your dog alone in the car – dogs can overheat in a matter of minutes, therefore causing heatstroke to occur.
Dogs should be considered like any other passenger and we hope you now know the importance of restraining them when they're in the car with you, ultimately keeping them and you safe when you're on your travels together.
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