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Pet safety is incredibly important, especially when transporting them from your home to a PetStay dog carer. When you travel with your dog you must consider their safety, the Highway Code and even the weather. Follow our handy guide to help your dog stay safe in the car.

According to surveys by the likes of Confused.com, two out of three drivers are unaware that not strapping their dog in or restraining them in the car could land them a huge fine and potentially cause serious injury. When you travel with your dog you must also consider the weather. Take regular breaks and ensure they have plenty of water and are able to keep cool.

To help keep you and your dog safe when traveling, take a look at our 5 top tips to keep safe in the car.

Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Car

  1. Don’t allow your dog to ride with its head out of the window. You could be risking injury to your pet.
  2. Ensure your dog is suitably restrained in the car whether you are using a seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or a dog guard. (Highway Code states “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.” Rule 57)
  3. Always carry a large water bottle to keep your dog hydrated, or to help cool your dog down quickly.
  4. Sun shades on the windows can help keep your dog cool on hot days but NEVER leave your dog in the car. They can quickly overheat which can prove deadly to your pet.
  5. Have your dog’s favourite blanket or toy with them on the journey to keep them entertained and to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

Even on short journeys, make sure your dog is safe and prepare for longer journeys by taking them on a long walk beforehand, and planning in pee breaks throughout. If you have anymore tips share them in the comments below.

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