Warm weather is finally here, and with it comes vacation season. People will be traveling and many will take their dogs with them. In fact, several of my friends will be road-tripping to the BlogPaws conference in Las Vegas next week, and many will have their pets in tow.
When you travel with your dog in the car, is she properly restrained? If you said no, you’re not alone – 98 percent of dog owners admit that their pets are not properly restrained when traveling. And they’re not even breaking the law unless they’re in New Jersey, which is the only state that makes it illegal for pets to ride unrestrained in cars.
I really like this infographic because it provides some great information about the whys and hows of road-tripping with your dog. Take a look, and then we’ll chat some more below.
Now I know what you’re thinking. “My dog always rides with her head out the window, and she’s fine.” Okay, but it’s really just a matter of time before she takes a bug or a rock to the eye – is that really what you want, when it is so easily prevented?
I know many people let their pets sit on their laps in the car but this is so dangerous, especially if your car has an airbag. A minor fender bender could cause your airbag to deploy, and it would likely result in injury or even death to your pet. Why take that chance?
I wholeheartedly agree that small dogs and cats should travel in crates for their own safety. And for larger dogs like my Nike, a harness connected to the seat belt provides security and peace of mind. You can find some great ones at Kurgo.
Keeping your pets – and yourself – safe when traveling in a car is really just a matter of common sense. And when you consider all the wonderful ways you take care of your pets, isn’t protecting them in the car just one more way of saying “I love you”?
Your turn: do you use a form of restraint for your pet when you travel?
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