How to safely transport your pet in a vehicle

Here are few tips to consider on how to keep your furry family member safe during car rides;

Picture by Cynthia Barikian
  1. Use crash-tested crates.

Think of it this way, if you were to buy a camping tent for yourself, the main factors you’d consider are:

  • The size; you need to fit comfortably
  • Air circulation; so you don’t suffocate while in it
  • Good insulation; so it confines with all seasons
  • Crash bags for extra security in case of emergency breaking.

The same factors apply to the crates, simple.

  1. The Dog seat belt!

Yes, I was as fascinated as you are when I found out they exist!

I know it is not mandatory by law to have one for your dog here in Lebanon, but it ensures a safe and secure ride. In case of an emergency break they keep the dog in place and prevent them of being thrown off their seat, given that dogs do not have the same gripping ability we humans have. In case you need to leave the car your dog may want to follow you, sometimes to places where he can get hit by a moving vehicle. It also gives him room to move and change positions, while enjoying the view!

  1. Breaks are good; have a few.

If you are traveling by car for a long distance, make sure to have a stop every 2 to 3 hours and let them go out, stretch their legs and do their business.

  1. switch off power windows.

    Picture by Christiane Rouhana

Make sure to regulate the windows in a way your pet is getting fresh air and is safe at the same time. It’s easy for them to accidentally clear open the windows with their paws. Overexcited dogs are known to jump out of a moving vehicle. Taking the wrong step might even cause the window to close on their neck and chock them.

  1. Bring water and a bowl!

Always store a bottle in your car, as part of an emergency kit. You never know what might happen; whether it is a short or a long drive. The bowl is not mandatory; your dog can always drink from your cupped hand.

Keep in mind that it’s never safe to drive with your pet in your lap, to let them ride in the open area of your vehicle (like our fellow driver did here) or to leave them unattended inside the vehicle, especially when the weather gets warm.

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