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Does your canine buddy jump for joy when he hears the words ‘car ride?’ If so, your furry friend is in good company: Man’s Best Friend often loves to go riding around! Just be sure to put Fido’s safety first when you take him out and about. Read on as a local Oconomowoc, WI vet offers some helpful tips for taking your pup on car rides.
We know, Fido loves sticking his nose out the window, and sniffing the air. This may be cute, but, unfortunately, it is also very dangerous. Your pooch could easily get dust, rocks, or insects in his eyes, nose, or mouth. He could also step on the control for the power window, which can be extremely hazardous. Your canine pal will be much safer traveling in a crate, which will also offer him additional protection in case of an accident. Add toys and bedding to your four-legged friend’s crate to make it nice and comfy for him.
Just like people, dogs can get carsick. If your four-legged buddy tends to get queasy when he goes for car rides, you can try to desensitize him, and help him get used to being in a moving vehicle. At first, just sit in your driveway with your canine companion in the car with you. Then, start taking Fido for short drives. You can gradually increase the length of these rides as your pup gets used to being in the car. Avoid feeding your pet just before taking him for a drive, as riding around on a full belly may make him nauseous. Also, be sure to keep a window cracked, so your pooch always gets fresh air flowing to him. If you are traveling long-distance, stop every few hours to let your furry pal stretch his legs, relieve himself, and get some fresh air.
We can’t repeat this one enough: never, ever leave your furry buddy in a closed vehicle, especially in hot—or even warm—weather. The temperatures inside a car can reach deadly levels in just minutes! If Fido isn’t allowed to accompany you inside at your destination, he’ll be better off staying home and taking a nap.
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? We are here to help! Please feel free to contact us, your local Oconomowoc, WI animal clinic, anytime!