Safety Tips For Traveling With Your Pet
Vacation season is underway and many dogs and cats will be joining their owners for a summer getaway. Although car trips can be stressful for many household pets, experts agree that they do not have to be if drivers take some simple precautions.
Ray Palermo, director of public relations for Response Insurance, a national car insurer, cautioned that too many drivers do not take the time to prepare pets for long trips. Palermo suggested several ways to help ensure a safe driving experience.
• If the pet is not used to car trips,
try a few runs to help acclimate him or her to the ride. Spending time in the car while parked
and short drives to nearby destinations
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 if there is
a sudden movement or accident. • Feed your pet a little less than
you would normally. Since too much water can upset their stomachs on the road, limit water by providing ice to chew on. Don't forget to pack some
toys and any other favorite
items or bedding. • When traveling to places your
pet is not familiar with which it is particularly important to have a collar with an ID tag that includes both your permanent and vacation addresses and phone numbers. Bring a photo of your pet in the event you need to put up "Lost Pet" posters. Many veterinarians and animal welfare organizations
also offer micro-chip identification
implants. • Dogs like to stick their heads
out of the car window, but this is very unsafe. Small stones and
debris become dangerous projectiles
at highway speeds. •Never leave you 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. •Pack a first aid kit with tweezers
and alcohol for tick removal,
cloth bandages and topical antiseptic.
For more information on this and other safety topics, visit www.re sponse.com/safety.