5 Important Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe

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During the busy and stressful holidays we are often distracted and we may accidently put our dog in harms way. Here are five things to keep in mind to keep your dog safe and comfortable:

  1. Your dog travels inside the vehicle with you. Do not place your dog in the bed of a pickup, or in a crate strapped to the roof. This is both cruel and dangerous.
  2. Your dog rides in his own safe space. Do not drive with your dog on your lap, or hanging out a window. Your dog should be in crate made specifically for car travel, and the crate strapped in; or in a travel harness and harness buckled securely.
  3. Your dog should always wear a collar and ID with your current info. Check your tag before you go on a trip to make sure your phone number is clearly readable.
  4. Your dog should be microchipped and registered with your info in a database like found.org, which is always free.
  5. Keep your dog on leash at all times when stopping for potty breaks. Even if your dog is not a “runner,” an unfamiliar place can unsettle him enough to make him unpredictable.

For more great tips on travelling safely with your pet, check out: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2011/05/safe-road-tripping-with-pets/index.htm.

About Michelson Found Animals

Found Animals is an independently funded nonprofit that works to achieve one goal:  find the big ideas that will help reduce the number of homeless pets. Led by business, animal welfare and medical professionals, we develop innovative solutions that address the underlying causes of pet homelessness, bringing pets and people together.  Programs address pet adoption, pet microchipping and registration, low-cost spay neuter services, and sterilization research.  By offering a wealth of educational resources to pet owners and animal care professionals, Found Animals advances the health and safety of animals everywhere. Found Animals was founded by Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson. Follow our progress online at www.FoundAnimals.org, or via social media at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.