If your summer travel plans include taking Fido with you, then here are a few things you may want to keep in mind before hitting the road.
Leaving a dog in a parked car is not cool.
One of the most dangerous place for your dog in the summer is inside a hot car. Even with a window cracked opened, the temperatures inside a non-running vehicle can rise to lethal level in a matter of minutes. A mild 70 degree outside temperature can turn into a scalding 90 degrees inside a car after just 10 minutes. So be sure that you stop at places where you are able to let your dog get out of the car with you or if someone else is traveling with you, take turns leaving the vehicle so someone can stay in the cool, running vehicle with the dog.
You wear your seat belt when you travel for safety reasons, right? The same laws of physics apply to your pet. If you’re involved in an accident or simply have to hit the brakes suddenly, your dog can become a projectile and risk injury to himself/herself as well as the human passengers in the vehicle. There are many quality safety harnesses on the market today that can help keep your dog buckled up and comfortable on the road.
Regular exercise is still important.
It’s easy to lose track of time on a long road trip and forget that your dog needs to get out and stretch his legs. So, even if you’re not ready to take a walk, it might be time for Rover to roam a little. Take periodic breaks in driving to get some exercise with your dog, it will help fight travel fatigue for the both of you.
Laying in the back seat may not seem strenuous, but your dog can get dehydrated just resting. Always be sure to take some water that can be easily accessed and made available to drink.
These are all simple things to consider yet they are very important to you and your pet. If you’re looking for other ways to keep your dog comfortable in the car and/or you want ways to protect your interior from any mishaps on the trip, be sure to look at the full line of Canine Covers from Covercraft.