With temperatures already soaring over 100 degrees, Houstonians are heading to the lake, the beach, or just about anywhere to get away from the heat! Many travelers don’t plan a vacation without man’s best friend, so it’s a great time for reminders about keeping dogs safe while on the road. If you are looking for a new ride for your open-road adventures, check out the new Ford 2013 Escape, designed with pups in mind.
Don’t allow your dog to ride with its head outside the window even though some dogs seem to love doing it. The dangers are many, from inner-ear damage to injuries from flying debris.
Keep animals secured in the car inside a ventilated animal crate or in a safety harness or car seat; in the event of an accident, if your dog isn’t secure, it will become a dangerous projectile.Bring your own water in plastic containers. This is preferable to relying on water fountains and other unreliable sources along the way.
Avoid feeding your dog in a moving vehicle. Instead feed them light meals three or so hours before hitting the road, or if necessary, when stopped along the route.
Never leave your dog in a parked car. Even when it doesn’t seem so hot outside the temperature inside a car can quickly rise past 100 degrees. Contrary to common assumptions, opening windows a bit for ventilation doesn’t help much and leaving a dog unattended in a car can become dangerous even if it’s only for a few minutes.For more great tips, check out this information from the ASPCA.