Travelling With Your Pet

Buddy, do you want to come for a drive? Travelling in the car with your pet can sometimes be tricky, especially if your dog or cat isnt used to being a
passenger. We have a few hints to help them keep calm and to ensure they arrive safely at their destination. In Queensland it’s not
a legal requirement that pets are restrained but you can be fined for having your pet on your lap while driving. In the event of a crash an unrestrained
pet can become a projectile and can be thrown around the vehicle
causing serious injury to the animal passengers or the driver of the car. For
a dog you can travel with them either on the back seat or in the boot of a car
like an SUV or station wagon but it’s illegal to put pets in the boot of a sedan car. Most dogs do actually quite enjoy travelling in the
car. They tend to find that the movement quite calming but just please make certain that they are restrained. There are several different types of restraints but the RSPCA advises
using a seat belt harness restraint, crate or carrier When using a harness make sure it has a
wide chest plate and always ensure the restraint
is correctly weighted you can connect to harness to a seatbelt
either through the strap or through the seat buckle. If they’re travelling in the back of the car you can tether the harness to a child seat anchor you don’t want it so the dog doesn’t
have any freedom of movement at all but by the same token you don’t want them
able to go walking up and down the back seat either and the same
goes in a ute. It’s important that during travel, pets have adequate ventilation, shade and access to fresh water throughout the journey.

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