With temperatures already soaring over 100 degrees, Houstonians are heading to the lake, the beach, or just about anywhere to get away from the heat! Many travelers don’t plan a vacation without man’s best friend, so it’s a great time for reminders about keeping dogs safe while on the road. If you are looking for a new ride for your open-road adventures, check out the new Ford 2013 Escape , designed with pups in mind.
Now for some great travel tips from FORD:
Don’t allow your dog to ride with its head outside the window even though some dogs seem to love doing it. The dangers are many, from inner-ear damage to injuries from flying debris.
Keep animals secured in the car inside a ventilated animal crate or in a safety harness or car seat; in the event of an accident, if your dog isn’t secure, it will become a dangerous projectile.
Bring your own water in plastic containers. This is preferable to relying on water fountains and other unreliable sources along the way.
Avoid feeding your dog in a moving vehicle. Instead feed them light meals three or so hours before hitting the road, or if necessary, when stopped along the route.
Never leave your dog in a parked car. Even when it doesn’t seem so hot outside the temperature inside a car can quickly rise past 100 degrees. Contrary to common assumptions, opening windows a bit for ventilation doesn’t help much and leaving a dog unattended in a car can become dangerous even if it’s only for a few minutes.