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Secure Pets In Moving Vehicles

Whenever you have to transport an animal in your car, keep it secured in a carrier, or under control by a back-seat passenger. Small pets should never be allowed loose in the vehicle as they can easily slip into inaccessible nooks or crannies. Large pets that cannot fit into carriers should either be well-trained enough to sit quietly on the back seat, or leashed and held onto firmly by a back seat passenger. They should not be allowed to claw at the driver's arm, climb into the driver's seat or block the driver's sight through the rear windscreen or windows.

Keep all small pets securely in their carriers, and don't open the carrier until you reach your destination. If a pet in a carrier seems to need attention, but leaps out of the carrier as one of your passengers checks on it, stop the car in a safe place and catch the animal first before you continue the journey. Invest in car seats/ belts specially designed for larger pets. This will prevent the animal from been thrown around the vehicle in the event of an abrupt stop or accident.

Do not tie an animal by the neck to any part of the vehicle during a trip. If the animal is thrown forward during sudden braking or a collision, it may choke to death or have its neck broken. If the animal gets car-sick, stop the vehicle and tend to it. Do not be distracted and keep turning around to check on it.

Never let the pet carrier or pet be positioned so that whenever the driver glances into the rearview mirror, all he sees is a large pair of furry ears or a paw-print covered bag! Aquarium pets should be safely transported inside sturdy containers with a generous cushion of air between the water and surface and the lid so oxygen exchanges remains possible. Container lids should be tight and in no danger of slipping off, with a few holes in the top for ventilation. Journeys should be kept shot.


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