Safety First: Thanksgiving Travel Tips for your Pet

by VetDepot on November 22, 2010

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If you’re considering hitting the road with your pet this Thanksgiving, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Here are a few recommendations for pet owners who want to include their furry friends in their holiday excursions.

•Pets should always ride in the backseat of a car and should be properly restrained with a harness, carrier, pet car seat, or vehicle barrier. Dogs should never ride in the back of a pickup truck because they can easily leap out or be thrown. To keep your pup safe, keep him securely inside the vehicle at all times.

•It’s widely believed that dogs love sticking their head out of the car window and feeling the wind in their fur, but the possibility of flying debris makes this a dangerous scenario. Keep your dog’s eyes safe from injury by keeping those car windows closed.

•To avoid a case of doggy carsickness, try to feed your pet a few hours prior to your trip. This gives your dog some time to digest before the motion begins.

•Make sure to stop every so often so your dog can stretch his legs and take a bathroom break. Also, make sure your pup’s leash is fastened before opening the car door to prevent your dog from making a run for it.

•Never leave your pet in a parked car to avoid exposure to the wintry temperatures of this time of year.

•Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you may be inclined to share some holiday goodies with your pet, but remember that not all people foods are safe for animals. All desserts containing chocolate are dangerous for canines. Foods with onions and garlic are also toxic for both cats and dogs, so it’s best for your pet to chow down on his own food.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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