Pets Corner – August 2018

Here’s a photo of my own pup, Lily Shiloh, modelling her Sleepypod car harness. I chose this safety harness because it performed well in crash test studies.

*Pets Corner is a column I write for pet owners that is published monthly in the Old South News, a newsletter in London, Ontario.

Thinking of taking a road trip this summer? Keep these safety tips for travelling with your pets in mind:

  • Pets that are unrestrained in a moving car are at risk of serious injury to themselves and to you, in the event of a car accident. Keep pets secure in a crate or carrier attached to either seatbelts or bolts – always in the rear seats of your vehicle. Alternatively, invest in a specially made harness that attaches to a seatbelt.
  • Travel with emergency items including a pet first aid kit, medications your pet needs, food and water with collapsible dishes, and travel documents required for border crossing.
  • Confirm that your pet’s ID tags and microchips have the correct information should you become separated.

Travelling with pets is not always possible – if you need to leave your furry friends at home, contact me for your pet sitting needs!

Melissa Harris, Barks and Recreation