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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #040 - Pet Safety Travel Tips
July 15, 2009
Save your dog's life with dog first aid!
Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.
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Table of Contents
Pet Safety Travel Tips
For many people, pets aren't just companions; they're important members of the family.
So, it's not surprising that more and more people choose to travel with their pets.
To ensure your pet has a safe and happy car ride, here are a few important travel tips.
Before You Hit The Road
Look for services that cater to pet owners.
Pet-friendly hotels make it easier than ever to bring pets with you on the road.
Many offer amenities such as pet sitting, dog walking and even pet-pampering spa treatments.
Do research ahead of time to find the perfect hotel that fits your needs.
Get your pets used to the car and make them feel comfortable.
Often, the only time pets ride in the car is when they're visiting the vet or groomer — so they may not always associate a car ride with positive feelings and may even be afraid to ride in the car.
Teach them instead that car rides can be fun by taking them for short road trips to a dog park, a friend's house for a play date, or just to a new place to take a long walk.
Make sure your pet has proper identification.
Just in case he or she gets lost while traveling, you want to be sure your pet is wearing up-to-date ID tags.
The most important thing that needs to be listed on the tag is an emergency contact phone number, but it's also a good idea to mention if you'll offer a reward if someone returns your pet to you or if your pet needs any medication.
Prepare a doggie bag.
A pet travel pack is a great way to make sure you're prepared for anything — and is something that can remain stocked, so it's ready to go with you at a moment's notice.
Make sure it contains cleanup supplies, a towel or bed to serve as a comfortable resting place, portable feeding/watering bowls, food and water, a pet first aid kit, and lots and lots of toys to keep pets busy and well behaved!
Restrain your pets for safe car travel.
Free to paw their way around the car, unrestrained pets can be a distraction to drivers and can get injured if the car makes a sudden stop or is involved in an accident, even if it's just a fender bender.
Secure your pet in a crate or with a harness to keep it safe.
Don't let your pets ride with their heads out of the window.
While most dogs love to hang their heads out of the car window and feel the wind in their fur, it's best not to indulge them.
They can easily be injured by debris flying into their eyes.
Never leave your pets unsupervised in the car.
Just like people, dogs and cats are susceptible to heat stroke — even if it isn't that hot outside or the car windows are left open — and can even be stolen.
Make sure you know where your pet is at all times.
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