ALL ABOUT DOGS and CATS   Resource Center for Canine & Feline Lovers
Traveling  with Pets
Remember, It’s no fun
riding in the car when
your vision
is limited to the
dashboard, seats, door
handles and sky. Small
dogs  need
seats  to enjoy the
The ASPCA offers the following tips to help you prepare for a safe
and smooth car trip:

Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of
short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.

If possible, your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a
light meal three to four hours prior to departure.

Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day,
even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a
furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather,
a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the
animal to freeze to death.

What is in your pet’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers,
food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming
supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or
pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

Make sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag imprinted with
your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your
cell phone, destination phone number, and any other relevant
contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!)

Don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window.
This can subject him to inner ear damage and lung infections, and
he could be injured by flying objects.
Overheating can kill an animal.
It only takes ten minutes on an 85-degree day for the inside of
your car to reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit, even if the windows
have been left open an inch or tw
Prepare your dog for car travel.
Although most dogs love going
for car rides, they need to be
introduced to car travel in a non-
threatening, pleasant way.

Before embarking on a vacation
with your dog,  get him used to
moving vehicles. Start by driving
him around a block or two, then  
gradually prolong the ride.

Do not make going to the vet the
only time your dog rides in the
car. Take  pleasant rides to
places like parks and beaches
and he will  look forward to a car
ride as much as he does a walk..
Breed-Specific Legislation
There is a trend in many cities, counties, states and provinces towards Breed-Specific
Laws (BSL) in which a municipality bans or restricts the freedoms of dog owners with
specific breeds of dogs. These laws vary from place to place and are affecting a greater
number of dog owners every month. People may think that these laws affect only the "Pit
Bull". This is not the case. There are at least 50 breeds of dogs as well as mixed breeds
that include targeted breeds in North America. The majority of Dogs affected are Pit Bulls
and similar dogs, but other breeds are affected as well. These laws range from
registration requirements and leash or muzzle requirements to extreme laws in which the
breed(s) are banned from the municipality outright. Some places may even  confiscate a
visitors dog who unknowingly enters the region with a banned breed.