Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe During Spring and Summer Road Trips

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If you’re traveling with your dog this spring or summer here are some safety tips for keeping your furry friend safe and happy. I’m also sharing how you can save the lives of pets and infants by helping pass new legislation. The Hot Cars Act will protect dogs and cats from being left alone in a hot car thanks to the new SOLO – Life Sensor Technology. Keep reading to find out more!

DIY Car Booster Seat For Your Dog

Prepare before your trip

It’s a good idea to make sure your dog has updated tags and vaccination records before embarking on a road trip. You should take your vaccination records with you on your road trip in case you need them. 

road trip with your dog

It’s also a great idea to take your dog on short car rides to get him accustomed to riding in the car in a safe manner. Reward good behavior with positive reinforcement and make sure that your dog is comfortable riding in the car before embarking in a long road trip with him. 

Pack everything your pet will need

When we travel with our dogs we pack a bag with everything we will need for them  In the bag, we make sure to include enough food and water as well as food and water bowl. We also bring treats to reward them for good behavior in the car and for doing their business when we make stops. To keep them calm and keep them entertained we also pack their favorite toys. Even if it’s a short outing we always bring their water bottle to make sure they stay hydrated.  It’s also a good idea to pack a waste scoop, plastic bags, and grooming supplies. 

When traveling with your pets, it is important to have an emergency kit on hand in case of unexpected situations. This kit should include items such as a first aid kit, medications, copies of medical records, a pet carrier, and enough food and water for the duration of the trip. When packing for your pets, be sure to include items that are safe for them. It’s important to reserch to make sure any medication you use on your pet in case of emergency, if you’re treating a small injury for example, is safe for them. On a road trip when our pet got a cut on her foot I had to research “is Neosporin safe for cats?” and found out that it is not! So you always have to be careful.

road trip with dogs

Don’t forget to pack any of your pet’s medication. This applies for both dogs and cats. It’s also important to make sure you know if something is safe for your pet before you use it. I carry a small emergency kit for the kids but the medication that is good for humans is not always safe to use on your pets. For example if you are wondering “is Neosporin safe for cats or dogs” make sure to do a quick search before using it on your fur baby. 

Make sure that your dog is traveling safely

We always make sure that our dog has enough space to travel comfortably. When it comes to our Yorkie Mickey we have a special dog seat that we made for him where he can ride safely. 

With both of our dogs, we always make sure that they are wearing their harness and that they are attached to the seat buckle. We never let our dogs ride with their heads outside the window as this can be very dangerous. 

DIY Car Booster Seat For Your Dog

Never leave your dog alone in a car even with the windows open.

We live in Florida and leaving a dog or a child in a car can be life-threatening year-round as we often have high temperatures even in “winter” months. Although most people are aware that it’s not only dangerous but also illegal in many states to leave your dog in the car on a hot day many people don’t realize this can be done by accident. There are many cases in which people have gotten out of the car to run a quick errand and forgotten their pooch was in the car. We’re talking about responsible pet parents here!

road trip with your dog

That is why I am so excited to share with you about the new SOLO – Life Sensor Technology and The Hot Cars Act. SOLO stands for “Save our Loved Ones”- Life Sensor Technology. The SOLO device is a device that can be integrated into a vehicle to detect “presence of life”. This device is extremely sensitive and can detect breathing as movement within seconds of the driver leaving the vehicle. If the SOLO device senses movement the horn and lights will send an SOS and the windows will roll down within seconds of the driver leaving the vehicle. It can also send a text message. This technology could help eliminate leaving your infant or pet in the car and save lives! It’s not a camera and is non-invasive in daily life, it can see through materials like clothes or blankets to detect breathing as movement and it needs no recalibration, no lenses, is not sensitive to dust and has a long lifetime. It can be hidden by mounting it inside other technology in your car or in somewhere in the interior. 

Save dogs lives

You can help save lives by forwarding the letter found in the Voxx website here to your representatives so that the Hot Cars Act legislation can be passed. This will help Save Our Loved Ones, both children and pets from accidental death due to heatstroke when being left in a hot car. 

Schedule breaks

During long drives, it’s very important to schedule breaks for your dog. Every couple of hours stop at a park or dog-friendly rest stop so that your dog can take a short walk and do their business. And don’t forget to pick up after your dog. I always use a waste scoop which makes it so much easier to pick up any waste. 

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Tips For Keeping Your Dog Safe During Spring And Summer Road Trips

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21 thoughts on “Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe During Spring and Summer Road Trips”

  1. These are some great ideas! We only have cats, and sadly they don’t like to travel with us much. They do when we have to move though and we keep them safe.They mostly hang out in their cages or else they’ll freak out roaming the car.

  2. I don’t have a dog but my parents do and grew up with a dog. I think it’s so important to keep your pets safe and I could not imagine anything happening to my cats.

  3. I love the idea of the SOLO device. I don’t ever leave my cats in the car because the only place I take them is the vets, so I can’t forget them. But this is perfect for people on the go. We can all forget our surroundings for a moment and this will prevent tragedy from happening. Thank you!

  4. We don’t end up taking our dog with us because of this reason. He loves being with us but I am worried he will overheat, even with the windows open when we are driving along!

  5. The solo device is super cool! Not only great for pet parents but all parents in general! I love you traveling tips. We don’t have a dog but frequently pet sit my parents fur baby and we follow most of these tips. Great reminders!

  6. I just became a dog Mom so these tips are everything! I am in love with the car seat you made for him. My dog is a similar size so I might steal the idea. I am amazed at this technology – it really could save so many lives.

  7. These are great pieces of advice! I don’t have a dog, I only have one cat. Every time I need to transport it by car I make sure that the crate is very well strapped with the seatbelt, and my kitty is always safe.

  8. These are good things to remember when traveling with your dog. So cool. I think the hardest thing for my dog was any changes in elevation. Did need to take it slow and give him comfort when we traveled with him.

  9. As a dog owner, I can’t understand people that leave their dogs in hot cars. Even if the window is open. Seriously, so glad this is illegal in our city.

  10. Thank you for these tips! I’m planning to buy a dog someday, and I will definitely consider these tips. I know it will help a lot especially if its our first time taking care of dogs.

  11. I understand your recommendation to put boots on to avoid burning feet. But isn’t it true that dogs can only respirate – sweat to cool down – from their tongues and their foot pads? I see dogs out on hot days with boots and sometimes in rubber ones that don’t breathe at all. Won’t this make them more likely to overheat? It seems picking a better route or picking them up and carrying them at the hot areas would be better. Or what do you think?


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