The great race driver Dale Earnhardt and his wife Amy have two dogs that love to go on drives with them. Dale has always had dogs in his life like a yellow Lab named Domino, Rocket the Irish setter, a boxer named Killer and several cats – Buddy, Cuz, Dude and Tux. I even owned hamsters, which were named after characters from the Days of Our Lives soap opera.
Once I grab the car keys, it’s all over … they beat me to the front door with their noses pressed against it, just waiting for it to crack open for a sprint to the truck and a trip to somewhere, anywhere – they never care – they just want to be with us.
He has teamed up with Nationwide insurance to talk about dog safety in the car…or truck.
How to avoid medical maladies like motion sickness, heat stroke, lacerations and bruises which were the most common medical conditions related to traveling. Take these precautions:
- Never leave your dog unattended inside a parked car for any length of time. Even on a cool day, the temperature inside the car is always higher than outside. Some dogs can start to have a heat stroke at 83 degrees. If you think leaving the car windows rolled down is a good solution, think again. Open windows do not circulate any cool air and it could end in the theft of your dog or your car.
- Depending on the length of the trip, refrain from feeding your pet a large meal before starting out, especially if it is their first ride. A few small snacks along the way will be better for their stomach. Bring plenty of water and even some ice cubes for your dog to lick to keep him from becoming thirsty or sick.
- If your pet gets nauseous during car rides, talk to your veterinarian. There are medications that will ease an upset tummy.
These suggestions are based on more than 1.5 million pet insurance claims Nationwide processed last year.
Source: People Pets