Only 10 years ago, about 19 percent of owners were bringing their furry pals along with them on road trips. Since then, that number has more than doubled, as 37 percent of owners say they take their dog in the car with them, rather than leaving him behind when they travel.
According to the 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 million homes. Of those, pets, 77.8 million are dogs and 85.8 million are cats, and an increasing number of these furry companions accompany their families on in the car.
Millions of Americans recognize that dogs are wonderful companions and bring their furry friend along on their travels. Michael Morgan of Seattle is one of them, and he has a very simple rule when it comes to travel: If his dog Myles, a 25-pound Puggle, isn’t welcome, neither is he.
Morgan is among the 62 percent of Americans who own at least one pet, according to the Humane Society of the United States, and thanks to the collective $50 billion they spend annually on their four-legged family members, destinations once off limits now welcome well-behaved pets.
In fact, a study performed by AAA and Best Western International revealed more than half of U.S. dog and cat owners said they take their cats and dogs when they travel. So whether you’re planning a scenic fall color tour, a holiday sojourn to relatives, or a summer road trip, Chevrolet is sharing these tips to make your travels more pet-friendly.
You want your pet to be as comfortable as the rest of your family on the road. Car sickness is a very common incident, especially in puppies: While many dogs travel best with empty stomach, others respond better after eating a light meal, especially dogs that have one meal per day. Also make sure that you regularly stop and offer your pet some water. If you need to get out for a break and to stretch your legs, so does your pet - so don't leave him shut-up inside to freeze; take him with you.
Always make sure your pet is properly restrained inside the car with a traveling harness or pet carrier. If the animal is on a seat, unrestrained, then any sort of collision is likely to cause it to fly around the inside of the vehicle, probably injuring itself severely as it collides with headrests, the dashboard, or the occupants - or smashes itself through the windshield.
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AskPatty is a pet-friendly site, so we were very pleased to receive the following news sent to us from the folks at Autotrader. Once again, the expert editorial team at Autotrader is celebrating National Dog Day, August 26, by naming the Best Cars for Dog Lovers.
According to American Pet Products Association, more than 54 million American households own a dog, so it's no surprise that 56 percent of dog owners actively seek out cars and trucks that are great for traveling with their four-legged friends. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Autotrader revealed that 22 percent of Autotrader visitors have taken their pet, or would consider taking their pet, on a test drive.
Mini strapped cameras to the backs of four different dogs – Cooper, Turbo, Ziggy and Zaggy -- to give prospective MINI owners a dog’s eye tour of a MINI Cooper, offering an especially cute way to explore the iconic little car. Visitors to k9showroom.miniusa.comcan watch a variety of rotating external and internal views and also follow a link to see dogs that are available for adoption. Puppy fans can also “tweet a treat” and watch as one of the adorable furballs sniffs out treats that drop from a treat booth.
In addition to travel papers, food, spill-proof water bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication, and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Hollow toys you can stuff with food are ideal for quiet time in the car, campsite, or hotel.
When it comes to water, the ASPCA suggests you bring your own: Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he's not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.
If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.
You can even have them custom-made to fit your specific car model.
This will help keep your car interior clean and fresh-smelling -- and hair-free!
The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase.
Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for your dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab.
Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number, and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.
If you're traveling across state lines, the ASPCA suggests you bring along your pet's rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn't a problem, it's always smart to be on the safe side.
Be sure you bring a photo of your dog with you or have some on your cellphone, in case you need to identify your dog as your own.