Now that summer is here, most of us will start to take our dogs for car rides. With a few precautions it can be a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
Many puppies will experience car sickness but may outgrow it as they get older. However, you can help. Frequent but shorter trips can allow your nervous dog to get accustomed to the car. Make sure to go to places that your dog will enjoy. It is also helpful to open car windows at least a few inches. This will help to equalize the air pressure in the car. Some dogs are unable to overcome their motion sickness. If your pet is one of them, ask one of our veterinarians if medication is right for you.
Cars can be just as dangerous to our pet as they are for us. Just like us dogs should be restrained in the event of an accident. A dog crate or seatbelt harness works well for this. New Jersey recently passed a law requiring drivers to secure their pets when they are in the car. The law also forbids dogs from hanging out car windows and from riding in the bed of a pick up truck. Police and animal control officers can stop cars with unrestrained animals and issue tickets from $250 to $1000!
Did you know that temperatures in a car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you are parked in the shade? This can mean real danger for your pets that are left in the car even for a little while. Dogs and cats do not perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets who are left in hot cars can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can cause death.
It is great to have our dogs with us for our summer outings but safety should always be our top priority. Training our furry friends from a young age will help to make it less stressful for all. At Eagle Animal Hospital we would love to help you in any way. Call us at our Chester Springs location for more information or helpful tips.
Eagle Animal Hospital serves Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and surrounding areas.
Written by Harriet Band, receptionist