how to travel by car with your dog?

Whether it’s a long or short trip, taking your dog on a trip can raise questions about what to do before you hit the road. How to ensure the comfort of your pet? What does the law say about this? We answer your questions here.

Are you planning to travel with your dog this summer or next weekend break? Bringing your four-legged animal to the car raises questions about organization: should you tie it? Put it in the trunk? Or in a cage?

We go back to the legislation on this subject to ensure the best possible comfort for your dog on the road.

What does the law say?

In accordance with Article R 412-1 of the Traffic Code, “In traffic, any driver or passenger of a motor vehicle must wear an approved seat belt.” Therefore, the animal must do the same attach imperatively.

On the other hand, Article R412-6 of this same code states that “the driver’s range of motion and field of vision should not be reduced.” A dog jumping on the driver’s lap or a cage that is too large to reduce its visibility could be considered an obstacle to driving.

How to tie your dog?

There are several ways to get your pet into the car and they are sold at the market.

For example, laces that attach to the seat belt clip and that sticks to the dog’s harness: “In the harness instead of the neck because if you have to pull very hard after a sudden stop or an accident, it is better to stretch at shoulder height than on the neck”advises Alexandre Balzer, veterinarian and president of the Société centrale canine, to actu.fr.

He transport cages they are also a possibility, especially for small dogs. “It is safer, it will be better held and it will be easier to move” complete the specialist.

If you have a van, you can take your dog to the trunk with one network or a separating grid so he can’t escape. But be careful to ensure ventilation, light, as well as water and pet food during long trips.

Ensure the safety and welfare of animals

To ensure the safety and comfort of your pet in the car, Article R214-50 of the Rural Code states that “The transport of animals in private cars is carried out under the responsibility of the guide so that the animals have space and ventilation that meet their vital needs.” under penalty of a fine provided for 4th class fines.

If the car is heavily loaded with luggage and passengers, it is possible to place the dog on the ground, preferably in the back where it will be better protected.

Take regular breaks

To make the trip as easy as possible for your dog, schedule regular stops every two hours so he can walk, relax, and drink. Also remember to bring some sweets or croquettes depending on the length of the trip.

Like humans, our pets can be prone to dizziness, ranging from simple anxiety to vomiting. Therefore, you should avoid feeding them before departure. And if necessary, give them specific medications.

For young dogs, it is important to take more breaks, keep them fresh, and often offer them something to drink because they are even more sensitive to rising temperature and dehydration than adults recommend.

Anticipate a heat stroke

With the heat peaks forecast for this summer, the temperature of the cabin can rise rapidly as more passengers are present and if ventilation is insufficient. Therefore, care must be taken to ensure that the animal is not too hot and to hydrate it regularly.

Opening windows for air circulation is a good idea, but it is not recommended to let the animal’s head stick through them, especially on high-speed traffic lanes.

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