2005-08-05 / Community

Offers Travel Tips For Pet Owners

America’s vacation season is in full swing, and many dogs and cats are joining their owners for family vacations. While summer heat and driving can be a dangerous combination for animals, if drivers take some simple precautions, pets will do just fine.

Here are some travel tips from Response Insurance Group’s Driving With Your Pet brochure: If the pet is not used to car trips, try a few test runs to help acclimate them for the ride. Spending time in the car while parked and short drives are an easy start.

Cats should be kept in a carrier and dogs should be held in a restraining harness. This will help stabilize your pet.

Feed your pet a little less than normal. Since too much water can upset their stomachs on the road, provide ice chips to limit water intake.

And don’t forget to pack some toys and bedding.

When traveling to new places, it’s important to have a collar with an ID tag that includes both a permanent address and vacation address with phone numbers.

Dogs like to stick their heads out of the car window, but it is very unsafe. Small stones and debris become dangerous projectiles at highway speeds.

Never leave your pet in a car in warm or hot weather. Even with windows open, or parked in the shade, interior temperatures can quickly rise to lethal levels.

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