Avoid Heartbreak (Travel Safety Tips)
As an animal communicator and “caretaker” of my own animal family members, I know far too well how painful the death of a pet can be. What can make this loss even more difficult is when it could have been prevented. I would not want to see anyone go through this kind of pain, exacerbated by regret.
Reconsider temperature One of the most dangerous situations an animal can be in is when they are left in a car during warm temperatures and the rate at which a vehicle becomes too hot for an animal can be surprising. The temperature inside of a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. The increase in temperature moves quickly, rising to 110 degrees on a 70 degree day! According to the American Veterinary Association, cracking the windows of the car does not help. Before leaving home, check the temperature and really consider if it is necessary to bring a pet in the car.
Keep our pets tethered It is also important to make sure that your dog is properly restrained in your car. Usually this means a harness attached to a seat belt for larger dogs. There are travel safe dog beds or carriers that can be used for smaller dogs. Carriers should also be used for cats. Smaller animals can cause accidents by crawling or under the pedals of a car.
All body parts in car It is very cute to see a dog with their head out the window, taking in the scents while riding in a car. However, debris can fly in their face and cause serious damage, such as eye infection and injuries. Putting a dog in the back of a pickup truck can have tragic results.
A calm pet is a good travel companion My cat Wolfgang hyperventilated 30 minutes into a trip. It turns out he would become very nauseous in the car which upset him and he just did not like traveling. This led me to seek help from the My Cat From Hell television program’s Jackson Galaxy. This was many years ago, before he had a show, and I was so grateful that he took a good 45 minutes to provide me with behavior tips to help Wolfie. Nice guy. I had a 3.5 hour move ahead of me and utilized a plan that started with simply putting Wolfie in the car and giving him a favorite treat without the car being on. We progressed very slowly to turning the car on (still treating) and then car rides around the block, gradually increasing until we were able to take that trip with no issue. I also used Jackson Galaxy’s flower essences for this. Essential oils such as Lavender, Peace and Calming and Valor are excellent options to support an animal during travel (download my free essential oils handbook MORE)
Stay Grounded and Mindful If you asked me if I could make the mistake of leaving my fur-baby in the car longer than I intended or to forget they are in the car at all during unsafe temperatures, my initial reaction would be, “no way!” But I know that I am capable of accidentally doing either of these things given the “right” set of circumstances. Making a point of being mindful and staying grounded in my own energy is tantamount to circumventing such an awful mistake.
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