Travel safely with your pet
When making travel decisions, choose what is safest and most comfortable for your pet. If you have decided it's best to bring your pet along, follow our tips for a safe and low-stress trip.
Do you know the best place for your dog or cat in your car?
Dogs shouldn't roam in the car
The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a carrier that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seat belt or other secure means. Dog restraints or seat belts are useful for preventing your dog from roaming around the car and being a distraction to the driver, but they haven't been reliably shown to protect dogs during a crash.
Cats belong in carriers
Most cats aren't comfortable traveling in cars, so for their safety as well as yours, keep them in a carrier. It's important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don't bounce around and hurt your cat. Do this by securing a seat belt around the front of the carrier.
Leave the front seat for humans
Keep your pet in the back seat of the car. If an airbag deploys while your pet is in the passenger seat (even in a crate), it might injure your pet.
Keep those heads inside!
Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open bakkie.
Don't ever leave your pet alone in a car!!!
ON A WARM DAY, the temperature in a car can exceed 45°C in a matter of minutes—even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.
Excerpt from article published by The Humane Society.
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