“One thing that’s very important is make sure that your pet is in a secured area in the cab of a car,” Dr. Tadlock says. “We see a lot of injuries when dogs fall out of the back of a pickup truck, or fall out of car windows that are too far open.”
Dr. Tadlock says a good crate or even a pet seatbelt is helpful to make sure pets don’t get hurt or cause you to get hurt. She also suggests practicing, take your pets on a few short trips to get them used to the car and give them plenty of treats.
Once you’re on the road?
“I would say stopping every couple hours to give them a little bit of a break, give them a little bit of water, checking on them making sure they are doing ok,” says Dr. Tadlock.
If driving with your pooch isn’t your cup of tea maybe you’ll take to the friendly skies this summer.
“If you are going to be on an airline, make sure you have an airline approved carrier, make sure it has your identification on it, it’s well ventilated and an appropriate size for your pets,” says Dr. Tadlock.
“We highly encourage you to check with the airline you are flying,” says Boise Airport spokesman Sean Briggs. “There are a variety of different restrictions on each airline based on the animal’s size, breed, final destination and various other factors.”
Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog needs a checkup, shots, vaccines, give us a call at 503.666.1600 or visit our website at: www.greshamanimalhospital.com/