If your pet travels with you in your car, this information will help ensure they stay safe.
Just like people, animals need to be buckled up for safety. Having your pet properly restrained can prevent them from escaping, flying forward in your vehicle, or being hurt in a crash.
Keeping your pet secured in your vehicle also prevents you from driving while distracted. Driver distraction is a leading cause of car crashes in B.C.
You may have a lap dog at home, but in your vehicle, always keep your dog in the back seat. Buckle up your dog with a dog harness (dog seatbelt) or crate.
Cats take road trips less frequently, but it's just as important to keep them safe while they travel.
If you leave your cat loose in your vehicle, they could crawl around your feet, causing problems when you need to brake. Also, your cat can easily escape from your vehicle if you open your windows.
Cats are often not used to being in carriers, which can result in both fear of the carrier and fear of your vehicle. To be your own cat whisperer, see the training video, Cats and Carriers: Friends not Foe from Catalyst Council.
Dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks are particularly at risk. The safest way to transport your dog or other pet is to keep them inside your vehicle.
Remember, it's the law: Section 72 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act prohibits the transport of an unsecured pet in the back of a pickup truck.
See the BC SPCA website for more information about transporting your pet in a pickup truck.