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.
DON’T: Allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window.
He could be injured by flying objects or debris flying into his eyes, and some dogs have even jumped out of the window of a moving car. "Turn off power windows in your car when your dog is in his harness, as they can be accidentally opened with a simple press of their paw,” advises Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden Atlanta.
Keep your pet in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, recommends not allowing your dog in the front seat to avoid driver distraction and injury to the animal if there is a sudden stop or accident and the airbag goes off.
If you choose a crate, make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. Always secure the crate so it won't slide or shift in the event of a quick stop. And P.S., it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.
No, this isn’t a tip to knock snow or ice off your engine block, it’s a tip to help protect the lives of cats or other small animals that may be hiding under the hood or on top of a tire as a way to stay warm in cold weather. The noise should help startle them away from their hidey-hole before they can be killed or injured by moving parts around the engine or crushed when the tire begins to roll.
According to the ASPCA, during the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars or nestle in the wheelwell to stay warm in cold weather. To a cat living outside, or just waiting for a chance to get back in the house, there are a lot of warm nooks and crannies in a car that look very inviting.
If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape. Others suggest also honking the horn before driving away, just to be sure no creatures are hiding in or around the car’s chassis.