One aspect of pet wellness is driving safely with them. Even though it may seem simple to drive with your pets, this is not always the case. For example, your pet dog or cat may get very excited when traveling and may have had a few accidents in your car’s backseat. Your pet may also behave in an undesirable manner such as jumping back and forth or may not even enjoy traveling in the first place. The following are some of the things that you can do to make it more safe, enjoyable, and comfortable to drive with your pets.
Restrain Your Pet
Driving with unrestrained pets is hazardous because they can disrupt your attention or suffer serious injury if an accident takes place. They can also be thrown about during panic braking. In order to avoid this, you should always restrain your pets in the rear seat. You can use a pet carrier or pet harness and secure it in place using the seatbelt. You can also use a cage which should be placed on the rear floor.
Make Sure Your Dog Does Not Hang His Head Out of the Window
Dogs love doing this but you should discourage it because your pet can suffer eye damage from flying dirt and dust.
Refrain from Smoking
Smoking increases the feelings of nausea in humans and this can also happen to your pet.
Do Not Leave Your Pet in the Car if the Weather is Very Cold or Hot
Hundreds of pets die every year after being left locked in a car when temperatures are extremely hot or cold.
Get a Safety Harness
There are many types of safety harnesses available for pets of all sizes. Ideally, you should look for harnesses that are made from soft, strong nylon webbing and are designed to restrain pets around their necks and bodies. They should also be nonirritating and adjustable. When your pets wear such a safety harness, they can sit up, lie down or stand since they are safely restrained. Safety harnesses are compatible with all automobile seatbelts and some of them
serve dual purposes.
Use a Pet Seat Cover
This pet wellness product is a layer of cloth that is designed to cover your car seat. Pet seat covers come in a wide variety of materials, sizes, and colors. They are very useful for ensuring that the hair your pets shed does not fall onto your car seat. They also help protect car seats made from soft leather.
Use a Pet Car Barrier
Most pets love to have freedom to move from the back of a minivan, SUV or crossover to the front passenger seat. However, this can be dangerous and you can ensure that your pet does not get to the front seat by using a pet car barrier. This pet wellness product is usually made from wire and it adjusts to fit different vehicles. If your pet is stubborn you can purchase an extender that you can use along with the wire barrier to keep it at bay.
When you start using products such as safety harnesses, you may find that pets, especially dogs, will chew on them. However, you should be patient and use reward treats. This will help your pet become comfortable with the new arrangement and enjoy traveling while retained.