There are plenty of common-sense tips on keeping your dog safe in a car. The one that stands out is the well known guideline: never leave your dog in a hot car. Temperatures rise incredibly quickly, and the body of the car essentially becomes an oven. It happens tremendously fast and the affects by and large irreversible. All responsible dog owners (and most people) know about this one.
There are, however, a couple of other things to be careful about with your pet in the car. If your car still has metal safety belts and safety clips, it’s important that your dogs paws and skin don’t come into contact with these on a hot day. We tend to forget that these bits of metal became incredibly hot during summer, either when exposed to direct sunlight or simply being in a warm car with the windows up. A great way to counteract this is to keep white towels in the car – they reflect light and help keep things cool – covering these exposed metal parts can help keep their temperature low and stop them from getting so hot that they burn your pup.
It’s also important to watch what Fido sniffs and licks when you’re walking around either your own car or those of others. Dogs can be drawn to the smell of exhausts and liquids that may leak from cars – some dogs are even attracted to the smell and taste of transmission fluid. It’s imperative that you ensure they don’t lick or sniff these liquids too closely, as they are toxic and can prove fatal for your dog. This isn’t scare mongering, it’s exercising caution.
There you have it – some tips you may not have considered before. Now stay safe while you take your beloved pet on adventures!