Ask-A-Vet: Pet Travel Safety
Dr. Tecla Myrick, stopped by TV20 to share information on how to travel safely with your pets. Lily, a foster care puppy, also stopped by to say hello.
Here are some tips from Dr. Myrick's office on how to make vehicle travel safer for people and their beloved pets:
Cats should always be in a crate: crawling around the car can cause an accident (crawling under the break or accleerator or becoming frightened and scratching or biting the driver or passengers is not uncommon.)
Do not let dogs hang their head out of the window; they are just as much at risk as children as getting hit by projectiles like rocks or debris.
Do not let dogs roam loose on the back of a truck. Numerous dogs with serious, life threatening injuries have gone to doctors from falling off of the back of a pickup truck. Be sure they are secured in a secured crate.
Tying your dog in the back of a truck bed is also a bad idea. If they try to jump off or fall, they will drag or hand behind the truck.
Consider a safety harness or crate for your dog in the car as well. Think of them like a child without a seatbeat on.
Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle.
If traveling long distance be sure you have plenty of water and food. Also, stop frequently for bathroom breaks.