road trip with dogs

Tips for Dogs on the Go: In Town or On the Road

In the Car

Does your dog love to stick her head out the car window as you cruise down the road? It’s fun for pet owners to watch their dogs as their ears and jowls flap in the wind, sending slobber skyward onto windshields in their dust. Unfortunately, this is the kind of fun that can cause injury to your pooch. Insects and road debris can inflict serious harm on your dog’s eyes and mucous membranes. An unsecured dog can create hazards within the car by distracting the driver or by interfering with foot controls and steering. Consider confining your small dogs in a crate, and ask your veterinarian to recommend a seatbelt-compatible safety harness for larger dogs.  As the temperatures warm up, don’t forget that even on a mild, 70°F day, the climate inside your vehicle can heat up 30°F or more in as many minutes, even with all…