5 Tips on Driving With an Animal in the Vehicle

Groom the Animal Beforehand


This only applies to animals that tend to shed a significant amount of hair, and of course to drivers looking to have the least amount of animal hair floating around their vehicle as possible. Even if a dog that sheds a lot remains relatively still while in the car, chances are that they’ll leave a significant amount of their furry traces before the trip is done. A simple, thorough grooming session before the drive will greatly reduce the amount of hair left in the car by the animal.


If Possible, Bring Some Help


This one applies particularly to drivers who own pets who are livelier than usual. Excited animals tend to want to hop around their owners, which can obviously be a dangerous thing if the owner is operating a vehicle on the road. For this reason, if possible, it’s best for the owner to drive the animal around town with someone else in the car who can help keep the pet in place.


Give the Animal Some Air


Some animals get quite nervous when in a vehicle, which is why a good draft in the vehicle can help them calm down. Whether driving in a Honda Civic or Nissan Frontier, typical Anaheim weather conditions can make for a significantly stuffy vehicle. As hot as cars can get for humans if the windows are down, the effect is multiplied significantly for animals, particularly those with thick fur coats. If a dog could speak, it would likely thank its owner for leaving the window a little open while driving, or possibly cranking out the air conditioning.


… But Don’t Leave the Windows Too Open


It goes without saying that the very last thing a driver wants while traveling with their beloved pet is for the animal to jump out the window at any given point. Again, this depends on the animal in question; docile dogs or cats won’t be as likely to hop out of the vehicle as soon as they’re met with an exterior distraction. In any case, it’s best for the driver to do the safest thing possible and avoid giving the animal the opportunity to jump out the window at their whim.


Bring a Toy or Treat


This is especially useful for animals who tend to get nervous in cars, but have no choice but to come along for the ride and get to a critical veterinarian examination. Sometimes, there’s nothing better to distract a dog or cat from being on the road than a faithful chew toy, or perhaps a snack. When owners need to get their pets to the vet, any possible distraction that would take the animal’s mind off driving is entirely welcome.

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