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Dog Travel Safety Restraints Overview


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Dog Travel Safety Restraints Overview

Hotels, resorts, and airlines have adopted pet-friendly policies that have made it much easier for you to travel with pets. Your travels, however, usually begin right in your vehicle, so your pet's safety should begin there, as well. That's why pet restraint is a safety measure all pet owners should be addressing.

For your mutual safety, your pet should be restrained or confined at all times while riding in your vehicle. Unrestrained, your pet can be a serious threat to you and your passengers, distracting you or impairing your ability to drive. Also, without restraint, your pet is at risk for serious injury during quick stops, sharp turns, and accidents.

In most cities, there are no seatbelt laws to protect pets - as there are for you and family members - but we hope you agree it is your undeniable responsibility whenever you travel together, whether the trip is to the local grocery store or a cross-country vacation. For the best protection, we recommend that you restrain your dog in a specially designed seat or harness. Most dogs will become accustomed to these quickly. In the event of a collision, cages, crates, or vehicle barriers will provide the best protection for your pet.

Whichever restraint option you choose, never put your pet in the front seat where he can be injured by airbags.

Your dog should always wear his collar with ID tag, especially when away from home. Be sure to keep your pet leashed during rest stops - you don't want to lose him in an unfamiliar area or be exposed to other pets. NEVER leave your pet in a hot car, even with windows cracked. In as little as 2-3 minutes, pets can overheat and even die from high temperatures. If you must leave your pet in your vehicle, always ensure proper air circulation.

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