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Driving With Pets - How To Make a Car Trip With Your Pet Safer

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Updated: 2009-08-14 4:45 PM 2654 Views    Category: - General Pet Care
 
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Why should I worry about driving with my pet, anyway?

In a crash, sudden stop, or evasive maneuver, an unrestrained dog or cat essentially becomes a missile inside the vehicle. The force of impact can kill or injure the animal — or any human in its flight path. The bigger the animal, the greater the danger.
 
Statistics about critters in car crashes are hard to come by. Police reports don't usually include "pet projectiles" as a cause of injuries or fatalities. But according to one survey, 70 percent of Massachusetts veterinarians reported treating animals that were injured while riding unrestrained in vehicles.
 
Unrestrained pets also pose a danger to drivers, passengers, occupants of other vehicles, and pedestrians. Their movements can distract drivers, and small pets can get underneath a gas or brake pedal, increasing the chances of a collision.
 
How can I make my pet safer?
 
"Small dogs should ride in a well-ventilated, hard-sided pet carrier," says Nancy Peterson of the Humane Society of the United States. "A carrier affords some protection in a crash. It should be placed in the back on the floor, where it's safer than on the front seat or back seat."
 
Larger dogs need a harness attached to the vehicle's safety belts. One of the most popular devices is the BatziBelt  It  features a triangular metal shackle that attaches to the safety belt in the backseat. The BatziBelt works in all cars with backseat lap-and-shoulder belts. It should be hooked to a harness. Don't hook it to your dog's collar; your pet could get whiplash if you do.
 
My dog loves to hang its head out the window. Why should I stop it?
 
Because you know better than your dog. Wind irritates dogs' mucous membranes and blows debris into their eyes, nose, and throat. And it's dangerous to let dogs ride in the open bed of a pickup, where they're exposed to wind and weather and run the risk of being thrown out in a sudden stop. At least seven states, including California, prohibit transporting unrestrained animals in open pickup beds.
 
What else might go wrong?
 
Plenty. "Unattended animals in a hot car can suffer heatstroke, irreversible brain damage, or even death," Peterson says. Last year, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine showed that temperatures inside a parked car can get dangerously high on sunny days, even when the outside temperature stays at a relatively cool 72 degrees. They documented a rise of about 40 degrees over the course of an hour, with 80 percent of the increase in the first 30 minutes. Leaving the windows cracked open didn't help.
 
What about cats?
 
"Some animals just don't like riding in cars," Peterson says. "Cats in particular find it stressful." If you take your cat on a trip, put it in a carrier on the floor and let it get used to short rides first.
 
Are there alternatives?
 
You can leave your pet at a boarding kennel or with a professional pet-sitter. Or you can ask a trusted friend to pet-sit. If you must take your pet on a long driving trip, you can help ensure its safety by taking the simple precautions above. If you take the time and effort to look out for your pet's well being, you'll both have a better trip.
 

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