Keeping pets safe is an easy enough task when you’re at home. But what happens when you take your pets on the road? From road trips across the country to even a short trip to the store, pet auto safety can be a major issue.
If you’re not careful, not only could you cause injury to your pet, but you could also get in trouble with the law. This article boils down the essentials for pet safety to help you ensure the care of your best friend.
1. Harness your pets properly!
Don’t let your pet roam free in the bed of your pickup truck or in your car. If you stop short, or if an airbag goes off, the pet can fly out of the vehicle or get injured. Put your animal in a pet carrier that’s well ventilated and safe for travel. Yes, it might look cute to have your dog stick his head out the window and flop his tongue around as you drive down the open road. But for your beloved pet’s safety, and your own, use a carrier.
2. Practice good pet parking etiquette.
You never leave a baby in a parked, warm car, would you? Then why would you leave your dog or cat or other pet locked alone in a parked car while you run an errand? Not only is this bad practice – parked cars can heat up quickly, even on relatively cool days – but you could also get in trouble per California’s anti-cruelty statutes.
3. Plan for the trip and prep your pet.
Let your dog or cat or other animal do his/her business before they get in their carrier. Provide fun and comforting for your animal: a nice cozy blanket to snuggle up on, some snacks, perhaps an ice cube or two to lick to stay cool and hydrated, or perhaps some toys. Schedule rest stops so both you and your pet can stretch your legs.
4. Attend to the little extras.
Consider talking to your pet and/or playing soothing classical music on the drive. In general, practice the art of empathy. Imagine if you were a pet on a long trip. How would you like to be treated? What would you like to do? You can tap your empathy to make the trip easier, safer, and more fun for your furry friends.
Safety is the number one priority at Shattuck Auto Collision Center. Keep yourself and your pets while on the road during the summer holiday travel season. If you do end up with some car trouble and need auto body repair, major or minor, the professionals here at Shattuck Auto in Berkeley are here to help.