Friday, September 15, 2017

Protecting a Precious Cargo Aboard Your Nissan: Pets Safety

family dog
To many people, their pets are consider a member of the family and in some cases consider “children”. The prouder the puppy parent the more likely they are to take their pooch everywhere no matter where they are going. This can mean frequent car trips as well as walks. Pet owners and lovers alike should know a few things about pet safety in a vehicle before ever taking that first trip.

To make this a like easier for everyone, we have compiled some tips we think will help you and your pet have a safer trip in your used Nissan or other vehicle straight from the car dealership Charlotte. Keep reading below for dog car safety tips, some of which can be utilized when transporting other species of pet. You may consider some of these tips to be common sense but when it comes to the safety of our pets, no chance should be taken.

Avoid distracting the driver… When a driver is distracted for even a short moment it can spell disaster for all vehicle occupants. This is why it is so important for drivers to consider and avoid all possible distractions including a doggie passenger. Make sure you pooch is calm and under control before starting a trip. Our other tips should aid in this effort.

Always buckle up… That statement applies to dogs too. Pet seat belts are available as an add-on accessory and can be found in various styles and size to fit a dog’s exact needs. In addition to it implied intention of safety, these special safety belts also help to keep your pet in place. When a dog is strapped in its owner can have peace of mind knowing their pet is safe and not getting into any weird places or bouncing around the cabin. Similar seat belts are also available for cats though they are less common.

dog enjoying the breeze in a car window

Lockup and lockdown… If your dog is too energetic or cannot handle to seat belt then you may want to consider locking them up, or crating, for the ride. This can come with a pitch of guilt as it is not uncommon for dogs and cats to “cry” while crated. Keep in mind that safety is the top priority and it is in their best interest. Proper crating methods are known as a successful form of behavioral training for dogs at home, work and in Nissan cars Charlotte NC. With a little research, you should be able to start training right away!

cat in a vehicle waiting for its owner to returnWhile traveling with your dog or cat in a vehicle, you will want to put it in lockdown. This means locking all windows and doors, plus implementing the child lock features (if available) on both. You may let your dog enjoy some wind from a partially open window but, one slip on the paw could open the window all the way or, worse, open the door. Needless to say, this type of accident could be fatal for a dog and therefore should be avoided at all costs. If your used car or truck is not equipped with child lock doors and windows, then consider a seat belt or crate.

A few other suggest are never leave your dog in an unattended vehicle, make sure to plan enough stops for dog walks/potty breaks, introduce your dog to vehicle travel early, and do not travel with dogs in a truck bed or on a vehicle’s roof rack. We hope you find these pet safety tips for your Nissan Charlotte NC useful. Check out more of our blog soon. 🐶🐱