"Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend."
"Subliminal kitty messages? 'You are getting very sleepy'
is not a command when said to a cat; it is an eternal
truth." (Ari Rapkin)
CAR SAFETY FOR YOUR DOG
- Article courtesy of Dog Hiking Canada
Car safety for your dog is up to you. Keep your best friend
safe when traveling. With a little bit of planning before
you head out, you and your dog can enjoy a safe and
pleasant trip! Here are some things to keep in mind before
you head out for a ride in the car.
- A dogs head hanging out the car window, tongue flapping
in the breeze, ears pinned back is a common sight,
especially in the summertime. Granted, it may feel good
to your dog to have the wind in her face, but there are
some potential dangers to letting your dog do this. The
most common mishap from heads hanging out the window is
your dog getting foreign objects lodged in the eyes,
nose and/or ears. This sometimes results, not only in
discomfort for your dog, but a hefty vet bill to remove
the foreign objects. Dogs can also get hit with flying
rocks from other vehicles or hit with tree branches or
even road signs.
- Restrain your dog in the car. You never know when you
will have to stop quickly and this can send your dog
flying around the car like a projectile. This can be
hazardous to you and the dog. Car seats work well. Also
crating your dog in the car. Make sure the crate is
secure so it doesnít become a projectile with the dog
- Riding in the back of a pick up truck is very dangerous.
Enough dogs have been killed this way that in some cities it
is illegal to transport your dog unsecured in the back of
an open pickup truck. If you must transport your dog this
way, have your dog in a kennel and have the kennel secured.
Also, people donít realize how hot the metal bottom of the
truck bed can get when in direct sun and it can actually
burn your dog's paws.
- Car sickness. Excessive drooling may indicate car
sickness leading to vomiting. Make sure your dog has
adequate ventilation. Start out with short trips in the
car to get your dog used to it. If necessary, seek anti-
nausea remedies from your vet. Sometimes dogs are just
nervous about traveling in the car. This is where many
short trips with lots of rewards when you get back will
help your dog associate the car with good things.
- Know where you dog is when you open the car door. Some
dogs will bolt out of the door before you can grab them.
If your dog is a door dasher, leash him before opening
your car door.
Please make car safety a priority when traveling with your
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