10 Car Safety Tips For Travelling With Your Dog

Taking man’s best friend on the road opens a whole new world of exciting adventures as far away parks, beaches and hiking trails become accessible to otherwise neighbourhood stranded paws.

Just as car safety is important for all Australians, it is important to take into account the wellbeing of your dog. RSPCA statistics reveal about 5000 dogs each year are injured or killed in Australia as a result of falling from a moving vehicle*. *RSPCA Statistical Data 2010

Ford Australia has compiled a list of canine travel tips to make each trip safe and enjoyable for both owner and companion:

1. Secure your pet: Restrain your dog with a seatbelt or harness specially designed for travel. An unrestrained dog can become a deadly projectile in the event of an accident or expected stop on the road

2. Keep the collar restraint free: To prevent injury in the case of an accident, never attach restraints to your dog’s collar

3. Windows up: While every pooch loves the wind in his hair, road debris can cause health problems to ears and eyes and puts your dog at risk of collision with outside obstacles

4. No dog left behind: Hot or cold, leaving your dog in parked vehicle is never a good idea. Cars can heat up fast causing heatstroke or even death. Conversely, cold temperatures in winter can be also affect your dog’s safety

5. Carry a supply of water: Bring a supply of fresh water along for the ride. Just as at home, your dog will need to keep hydrated especially on long trips

6. Give your dog your mobile number: When you're on the road put a piece of tap with your mobile number on your dog’s tag. If he/she gets loose, your home number won’t be much use if someone finds the dog and you’re travelling

7. Give them something to do: Keep your dog calm by keeping them busy. Give them their favourite toy or blanket ,which will reduce the chance of them being destructive in the backseat

8. Get them familiar with your vehicle: Get your dog accustomed to your car. A little preparation and training will go a long way to make more a more comfortable drive

9. Stay leashed outside the car: When your dog’s not in the car, make sure the leash goes on as new places can be full of exciting smells and smells to tempt even the most well behaved dog

10. Consult your vet: Many dogs do not travel well in a car. Consider speaking with your vet about travel-sickness medication and whether it’s the right thing for your pooch

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