Here are a few important tips that will help to keep you, your best friend, and others safe and happy on your trip:
- To avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety, work your pet up to longer trips by taking shorter treks before taking on a long expedition.
- Just in case you and your pet become separated, be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar and that they have your current contact information, including cell number(s).
- Update your microchip registration and pet license information to ensure its current and consider including the name and phone number of an emergency contact.
- Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles.
- Properly restrain, contain or crate your pets inside of your vehicle prior to your trip. Consider purchasing a specially designed pet seatbelt, carrier or barrier to avoid irreversible consequences due to distractions or other mishaps.
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- Never allow pets to sit on your lap or remain in the front seat while you drive.
- Never allow pets to stick any portion of their bodies out the window.
- Pets should never be transported in the bed of a pickup truck.
- Do not leash your pet inside of a truck bed even when parked to avoid strangulation hazards and because open truck beds do not provide any protection from the weather.
Keeping pets safe is every pet owner’s responsibility. Being a safe driver is not only your obligation – it’s the law!