Our pets are our best friends. We love them and they love us. But just like we have basic needs for our health so do our pets. Here are a few tips for taking care of your pets and making sure they are as healthy as possible.
10. Proper Restraint in a Vehicle
You buckle up for safety when you’re in the car, shouldn’t your pet? Unrestrained pets in a car are a distraction to the driver, and can put driver and pet at risk for serious injury, “or worse,” says veterinarian Douglas. To keep pets safe in transit:
- Never allow pets to travel in the front seat, where they’re at risk of severe injury or death if the airbag deploys.
- Don’t let dogs ride with their head out the window or untethered in the back of a truck bed. Both practices put them at risk of being thrown from the vehicle in the event of an accident.
- To keep pets safe, confine cats to carriers, suggests Douglas, then secure the carrier with a seatbelt. For dogs, there’s the option of a special harness attached to a seat belt, or a well-secured kennel.