Have you recently added a puppy to your household? Congratulations! Little Fido has lots to learn in his first year, as he figures out the do’s and don’ts of being a dog. One thing he’ll need to get used to is riding in cars. Whether you plan to take your canine pal out and about with you frequently, or only for occasional veterinary appointments or dog park excursions, you’ll need to keep your furry friend safe and comfortable in the car.
Here are some important tips:
We strongly recommend keeping your canine pal crated on car rides. There are far too many ways for a curious puppy to get into trouble if he’s loose in the car! Be sure to choose the sturdiest crate you can find. You can also get doggy seat belts and harnesses, or wire or mesh barriers, but these may not offer Fido enough protection in case of an accident. Recent crash-testing on pet harnesses and pet seat belts have shown that they are not effective in a crash at keeping your pet safe. They will keep them in place while you’re driving, rather than letting them run loose.
Your pup won’t be used to the stops and starts a car ride entails, and may slide around a bit until he gets the hang of it. Be sure to make his crate comfy by adding a soft blanket or pillow.
Keeping the little one at comfortable temperatures is very important. As we all know, temperatures inside a parked vehicle can reach deadly levels in just minutes. Even in 70 degree weather, the inside of a car can reach over 100 degrees after just a few minutes.
Did you know that dogs can get carsick? If your puppy isn’t used to cars, he may get an upset tummy. To prevent carsickness, don’t feed your pooch just before car rides, and crack the windows enough to allow good airflow. And DON’T STAY HOME — Be sure to take them on short, frequent car trips to help them overcome their nerves and carsickness.
You’ll want to keep your canine pal leashed while going to and from the car, but unclip his leash while traveling. Choose a leash that you can easily snap on and off your pup’s collar.
Make sure that little Fido always wears his tags and collar for car rides. We also recommend keeping copies of his vaccinations in your glove compartment, so you always have them. Whenever traveling with your pet, be sure their microchip registration is current as well.
Puppy Car Kit
Make a little car kit for your pup. Include a few gallons of the water Fido usually drinks; a dish; a leash; treats; a first aid kit; plastic bags; and a waste scooper. You can even bring along a few favorite toys to comfort them on the ride
Please contact us for all of your puppy’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!