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                                     Crate pets when traveling in the car. According to the American Kennel Club, the safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate, preferably made from a strong material such as aluminum, that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. Some crates even have padding for added impact protection. No matter which kind you choose, be sure that
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to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably, and has proper ventilation. Always bring enough water and a toy
or two to keep them comfortable and happy. Being in a crate may also reduce motion sickness in dogs. Place crates on the floor of the back seat or in the open storage/trunk area, preferably not on the back seat.
 When traveling your family pet should always wear a collar with an ID tag containing your con- tact information, in case they escape during an accident.
Most cats aren’t comfortable trav- eling in cars, so for their safety as well as yours, keep them in a carrier. It’s important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don’t bounce around and hurt your cat. Do this by securing a seat belt around the front of the carrier.
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   Keep those heads inside! Pets should always be kept safely inside the car to prevent injury from particles of debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.
Schedule plenty of rest stops. Stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and eliminate. But never permit your pet to leave the car without a collar, ID tag, and leash.
Bring along a human buddy. When- ever possible, share the driving and pet caretaking duties with a friend or family member. You’ll be able to get food or use the facilities at rest stops knowing that someone you trust is keeping a close eye on your pets.
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 Don’t ever leave your pet alone in a car. A quick pit stop may feel like no time at all to you, but it’s too long to leave your pet in a car by himself. Threats exist from the theft of your family pet to the hazards of heat.
Bringing your furry family members when you travel again this summer might make you feel better, but always consider if it’s the best idea for your pet.
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