Safety Is a Must When Traveling With Dogs

"The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog."

Mark Twain may have hit the nail on the head with that quote. For many people, dogs are the best companions on the planet, so it makes sense that folks would want them as travel partners, too. A dog on the road can make miles go by much faster as you watch your pooch enjoy the new sights and smells from the comfort of your vehicle.


If you have a pooch, then you know that there are few things that are more exciting than taking a trip in the car. However, there are serious safety concerns that responsible pet owners need to consider before packing their bags and bringing along their favorite dog bones.

Overheating, traffic collisions and even bathroom "accidents" can be serious risks for drivers and their pets. It's vital for pet owners to ensure the safety of themselves and their dogs when they're ready to hit the road. Plus, pet owners need to know that they can never leave their dogs unattended in their vehicles.

Never Leave a Dog Alone In a Car

According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), there are dozens of dogs that die because of a lapse in judgment from absent-minded pet owners. Leaving a dog alone inside a car, even one running with the A/C set, can kill a dog within minutes. One study showed that a parked car on a cool 78-degree day could reach an interior temperature of 160-degrees within just 10 minutes.

Since dogs can't sweat and because they have such thick fur coats, they can become sick from a heatstroke and die quicker than humans in the same environment.

Many experts suggest that if pet owners need to run inside for an errand, that tethering their pet outside with a leash in the shade is a much safer option.

Making Sure Fido Is Happy When Traveling

When you do hit the road with Fido in-tow, there are a few things that can the experience more comfortable for you both. A water bowl and a comfy blanket are a good start, but a few choice products can make all the difference when you're putting down serious miles.

  • Air Purifier: You can try to cover up the smell with some pine air fresheners, but you're not going to fool anyone. A quality Pet Air Purifier can plug into your vehicles 12-volt outlet and effectively filter the dander inside your car. Plus, it's sleek look and compact size makes it a great accessory for ride without the dog smell.
  • Doggles: There are few things that funnier than a dog sticking their head out the window. However, if you have one of those pups that can't resist putting their nose out of a running car, then you need to properly protect their eyes. Loose gravel or a bug can do horrendous damage to your dog's eyes, even at modest speeds, so it's important to guard them. Doggles are military-grade eyewear that allows any pooch to travel in style safely, no matter how hard the wind is blowing.
  • Pet SUV Mats: One of the worst parts about having your dog in the car is that they seem to trample over everything. Hopping over the backseat, trying to sit in your lap or running around the car can all be dangerous distractions. Luckily, Pet SUV Mats give dogs a reason to chill out. The comfy car seats come in a variety of colors and sizes that keep your dogs occupied in the backseat while you get them safely to your next destination.

Wherever you plan on cruising this season, remember that your dog can't tell you when its thirsty, overheated or hungry. Just like young children, a dog will be exhausted after a day on the road, so it's important to make plenty of food and water available for them, as well as a comfy place to rest. However, just because there are some risks involved with bringing your canine on the road, don't let it scare you off, a well-planned road trip could be one of the best times of both your lives!

If you're still looking for fun products for your traveling pooch, be sure to ask the pet experts at PetStreetMall.com by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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