Pets are usually regarded as part of the family. We like to take them along with us on vacation so we can spend our leisure time with our animal companions. A big problem that arises, especially in the summer, is keeping pets safe in the car while you travel. Accidents happen all the time and the more you do to prevent problems from arising, the less issues you’ll have while traveling. Animals are a lot like us and need to be provided the same level of care that you would show a child or other family member while traveling. We’ve got a few tips for you to keep your pet safe in the car this summer.
- Use a pet harness – You wouldn’t want to put a child in the backseat without a seatbelt. The same goes for Whiskers or Grover. Buying a pet harness can be a difficult process. You need to make sure that the harnesses have actually been tested and are secure enough to keep your pet safe in the event of a car accident. Make sure that the harness is the correct size for your pet and do as much research as possible on the harness before making an informed decision on what the best product is for your pet.
- Never leave a pet in a hot car – All animals are susceptible to heat stroke. You should never leave a pet in the car on a hot day, even if the windows are rolled down. The interior temperature of a car can easily reach above 150 degrees. Most people start getting uncomfortable around 80. Leaving your pet in the car on a hot day can result in the death of a pet, or even the theft of a beloved animal. If you can’t take your animal inside at your destination, you shouldn’t take your pet with you.
- Find a vet – If you’re going on vacation somewhere out of your immediate area, you should research and find a reputable veterinarian in the area, in case of emergency. Many things can happen on vacation and it’s generally harder to track down an emergency vet than it is to find an urgent care or doctor for humans. Check out healthypet.com for reputable vets in the area.
If you consider your pet family, like many do, you should do everything you can to keep them safe in the car this summer. If you have any questions about keeping your pet safe in the car or would like to discuss insurance options, you can reach us by phone at 301.371.6335, visit our website, or drop by our Middletown, Maryland office. We’ll help you figure out exactly what you need to help you drive safely.