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Know Your Four Legged Laws

                With summer approaching, we think about vacations, which many times include taking furry family members too.  Often, this includes a road trip and when you take your pets, you should be aware of the laws and the safety of your pet while traveling.

One of the most important and potentially dangerous things you can do is driving while distracted.  Everyone knows you should never text while driving, but have you ever thought of your pet as a distraction?  Anytime you travel in a vehicle with your pet, they should be restrained with a seat belt or carrier.  As a matter of a fact, your pet should NEVER be on your lap when you are driving. All states have distracted driving laws and most enforce the law even if your pet is cute.
Unrestrained animals can be injured if thrown into the windshield or out of the car and can even be killed by an airbag.  Your pet is safest in the backseat, but if you must put them in the front seat turn off the airbag on the passenger side.  Obviously it is dangerous to place your pet in the bed of a truck. While I never condone this way of transporting your pet, if you do they must be strapped in and cross tied.  Likewise, it is never a good idea to allow any pet to hang its head out of the window.  Injuries can occur to the pet from flying debris and if your pet jumps out of the window, a serious injury can be fatal. Don’t be foolish and think your dog would never do that. It will when you least expect it. Following these tips can save you a fine or ticket, not to mention animal and human lives.
Another pet travel tip is to be aware that all states require a current rabies vaccine in dogs and many for cats as well. Most cities, townships, and counties require a license for your pet too.  Many people do not know that if you cross a state line, many states require, you to have a health certificate. Your veterinarian will issue it within 30 days of your planned departure that certifies that your pet appears to be free of any transmissible disease.  This law is not well known, but it is better to be safe.
Last, an obvious but often broken “law” is never to leave your pet alone in a vehicle for any amount of time.  Think of your pet as a toddler. Anything can happen without proper supervision. Take time to research your local laws before traveling to have a safe and enjoyable time. Feel free to contact Ash Veterinary Clinic at 734-782-2827, or            

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