It is a well known fact that you should not leave any living creature in a car on a hot day, windows cracked or not. This is not as much an issue in the Fall as it is in the Summer, however, there are things that are recommended when traveling with your pet.
Here are some lesser known travel tips:
1 – Bring a cooler
Instead of throwing away empty 2 quart juice bottles or 2 liter bottles, rinse them and fill them up with filtered drinking water. Place them in the freezer in advance of the departure date. When it is time to leave, take out of the freezer and store them in the cooler. These will serve as a cooling pack for the food and beverages in the cooler as well as future drinking water for the pooch when they melt down.
2 – Bring a bowl for both food and water
There is nothing worse than improvising when the correct tool or item is not at hand. The easy way to prevent this is to be prepared with multiples. There are different options of course, such as bringing a pack of disposable bowls and discarding them after use, but when it comes to dogs, that can get messy. The water will slosh and need to be refilled frequently because the disposable bowl is small or the dry food will get over turned because the bowl is easily flipped due to its light weight.
3 – Dog blanket
In the winter this is an excellent idea for snuggling the dog up while on a food or gas run. This lets the dog maintain its warmth in the cooler months. There should be a dedicated dog blanket so that it is always on hand.
4 – Dog harness / seat belt
Safety first goes without saying. Some states have a seat-belt law, while others do not and when traveling on the road, it becomes prudent to be safe than sorry in regards to using a seat-belt. The same principle applies to a dog harness in the car. There are a variety available in pet stores and department stores, but it is recommend to buy an adjustable harness that will fit the growing puppy and then buying the seat-belt attachment because as the puppy is growing up, the harness may change due to chewing and growth spurts, but the seat-belt attachment will really do the trick and will be cost effective.
5 – Flea / Tick Control for Dogs
Do not use “OFF” or other sprays on an animal. This is poison and will harm pets. Make an appointment at the Vet to go over the options available, but it is recommend to use K9 advantix® II Over 21-55 Lb Dog Flea & Tick Treatment
6 – Wash your hands!
Salmonella poisoning is real disaster to humans and pets alike. It can happen after picking up after the pooch, it could be their feeding time, and now those contaminated hands are handling their food.
Follow these simple guidelines to prevent getting a Salmonella infection:
- Wash your hands well with soap and running water right after contact with animals, their food, or their environments.
- Clean up after your pet.
- For dogs, pick up waste and discard it into a tightly sealed plastic bag.
- For cats, scoop litter daily and discard waste into a tightly sealed plastic bag.
- Place all waste into a closed trash can.
- Salmonella outbreaks are not just linked to “people food”. Pet food and pet treats have been associated with outbreaks and illnesses in people and pets. For more information see Selected Reports for Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pet Food and Treats (below).
- Pet waste can contain bacteria, so young children should not clean up after pets.
- Remember to wash your hands right afterwards.
There are some preventative measures that we can take. In order to better store dry pet food, here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
- “When possible, store pet food away from any area where human food is stored or prepared.
- If possible, store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded or closed.
- Store dry pet food and pet treats in a cool, dry place under 80 degrees F.
- Promptly refrigerate or discard unused, leftover wet pet food and containers (e.g., cans, pouches).
- Refrigerating foods quickly prevents the growth of most harmful bacteria. Refrigerators should be set at 40 degrees F. The accuracy of the setting should be checked occasionally with a refrigerator thermometer.”
Dog Harness and Seat belt attachment
Pink adjustable dog harness and black adjustable seat belt attachment. These two dog travel items can be sold separately or together at stores.
Puppy wearing Harness and Seat belt attachment
Adjustable dog harness and adjustable seat belt attachment allow the puppy more wear. They can be adjusted at the sides and chest for ease of movement and growth spurts.
Washing hands at sink
Wash your hands well with soap and running water right after contact with animals, their food, or their environments. This prevents salmonella poisoning.