SOURCE: Response Insurance

August 14, 2007 09:44 ET

Traveling With Your Pet

Safety Tips for Drivers Taking Their Pets on the Road

MERIDEN, CT--(Marketwire - August 14, 2007) - Labor Day weekend signals the end of vacation season, and many dogs and cats will be joining their owners for a final summer getaway. Although car trips can be stressful for many household pets, experts agree that they do not have to be if drivers take some simple precautions.

"There are more than 135 million household dogs and cats in the nation," said Ray Palermo, director of public relations for Response Insurance, a national car insurer. "They're members of the family and when we take a driving vacation, they are often along for the ride. Unfortunately, too many drivers do not take the time to prepare them for long trips." Palermo suggested several ways to help ensure a safe driving experience.

--  If the pet is not used to car trips, try a few test runs to help
    acclimate them for the ride.  Spending time in the car while parked and
    short drives to nearby destinations are an easy start.
    
--  Cats should be kept in a carrier and dogs should be held in a
    restraining harness.  This will help stabilize your pet if there is a
    sudden movement or crash.
    
--  Feed your pet a little less than you would normally.  Since too much
    water can upset their stomachs on the road, limit water by providing ice to
    chew on.  Don't forget to pack some toys and any other favorite items or
    bedding.
    
--  When traveling to places your pet is not familiar with it is
    particularly important to have a collar with an ID tag that includes both
    your permanent and vacation addresses and phone numbers.  Bring a photo of
    your pet in the event you need to put up "Lost Pet" posters.  Many
    veterinarians and animal welfare organizations also offer micro-chip
    identification implants.
    
--  Dogs like to stick their heads out of the car window, but this is very
    unsafe.  Small stones and debris become dangerous projectiles at highway
    speeds.
    
--  Never leave your pet in a car in warm or hot weather.  Even with
    windows open, or parked in the shade, interior temperatures can quickly
    rise to lethal levels.
    
--  Pack a first aid kit with tweezers and alcohol for tick removal, cloth
    bandages and topical antiseptic.
    

More information on this and other safety topics is available at www.response.com/safety.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ray Palermo
    Response Insurance
    500 South Broad Street
    Meriden, CT 06450
    203-634-7251
    Email Contact