We know that your special pet is your “fur-baby”, and you want to keep them safe.  Before you go cruising with your canine or kitty, it’s best to review some of the different ways to keep your “baby” safe while driving short or long distance.  Check out these simple tips to keep your pet safe:

Prep your Pet

Get your pet prepared by taking them on a series of short drives, and gradually lengthening time spent in  the car.  Also provide your pet with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle.

Take A Travel Kit

Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, medication and first aid, and grooming supplies.  Be sure to pack plenty of bottled water.  There are companies that will gladly sell you travel kits for the road or airline travel.

Hold on Tight

Consider a harness to make sure your pet is safe and secure.  Look for a harness that will keep them restrained in an accident.   According to the 2013 Safety Harness Crash-worthiness Study by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), the only product to pass the tests and earn the CPS designation of Top Performer was the Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness.

Watch the Road

As cute as they are, don’t let your precious pet distract you while you’re driving.  In one study, 59% of respondents admitted to at least one distracting behavior while driving with their dog, including petting and giving them treats.

Bring a Buddy

Share the driving and pet caretaking duties with a friend or family member.  You’ll be able to focus on the road and relax knowing that someone you trust is keeping a close eye on your pet.

Don’t leave your Pet Alone

A quick pit stop may feel like no time at all, but it’s too long to leave your pet in a car.  One hazard is the heat… when it’s 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour.