**Guest post from Ellen B.**
|Tip #1: Restrain your dog!
This is a huge safety issue for both the dog and the human passengers. Please watch this video – the advice given can literally save lives. Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Hillestad discusses the importance of using a pet seat belt restraint and points out how to restrain properly your dog in a car.
Tip #2: Never let your dog ride with his head out the window!
Dust, dirt and even rocks that get kicked up could get in your dog’s eyes or ears causing severe injury. Plus, if the dog’s head can get outside the window, chances are his whole body can. Even worse is allowing your dog to ride in the bed of a pickup truck.
Tip #3: Never leave your dog in a parked car on a warm day!
The green house effect in cars makes it unsafe to make even a quick trip into a store on a warm day. According to Dr. Hillestad, “Dogs can’t control their body temperature as efficiently as we can and just a few minutes in a hot car could cause irreversible damage or death.”
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Related Car Travel Posts:
- On the Road Again – Car Safety and Comfort for Dogs – How to get a dog to appreciate riding in the car, along with a few products that can help.
- Road Trip With Your Dog – How to prepare for car travel with your dog. A few supplies that will make the trip go smoothly.
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