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Tips on Traveling with your Pet
Dogs who enjoy car travel need not be confined to a carrier if your vehicle has a restraining harness to restrain the animal. Most pet supply shops carry a wide range of doggie travel harnesses that buckle into most standard seat belts to secure your dog safely and securely.
Because most cats are not as comfortable traveling, for their own safety as well as yours, it is best to keep them in a carrier. It is important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don't bounce around and cause possible harm to the animal inside. It is best to do this by taking a seat belt and securing it around over the front of the carrier. Some airlines allow for small pets to be placed in the underseat storage area. Larger pets are required to be in a carrier, and checked-in for shipping.
If traveling in a car, it is also a good idea to travel with your pet in the back seat (although, never in the bed of a pick up truck!), because of the possibility of a front-seat passenger side airbag deploying and causing possible harm to your pet in an accident.
Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the vehicle. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or become ill from having cold air forced into their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.
Stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and eliminate. Never permit your pet to leave the car without a collar, ID tag, and leash.
Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. On warm days, the temperature in your car can rise to 120° in a matter of minutes, even with the windows opened slightly. Furthermore, an animal left alone in a car is an invitation to pet thieves.
There are other safety precautions that you should take anytime your pet goes traveling with you, regardless of the type of mode of transportation, or if the trip is short or far. Be sure your dog wears a collar with an ID tag. A Microchip also assures notification of a found pet. When traveling long distances, in additon to a Microchip, have your dog wear two ID tags—one with a home address and one with a destination address.
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