Safe ways to travel with your pet during the summer

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The school year is almost over and summer vacation is on its way. Many of you will be hitting the roads with the entire family in tow including your pets.

But did you know there's a right way and a wrong way to commute with your pet?

Fido may love the wind ruffling his fur, but allowing your dog to hang out the window isn't safe. Road debris can injure your pet, and hanging out in the bed of a pick up truck isn't a smart move either.

"If you have your dog in the back, the dog will be thrown from the car, and I've seen plenty of broken legs," said Sarah Boyd, a veterinarian.

Your cat may enjoy sunning on the dash or in the back window, but if there's an accident or a sudden stop, you and your cat can be seriously hurt.

The best spot for your pet to travel is securely in the back seat away from airbags.

"The best way to travel with your pet is in a carrier," Boyd said. "And if you don't have your pet in a carrier, they do actually make seat belts for your dog. That's second best, and third best is to just contain them in the back of the car with a fence."

Also remember to never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. It can be deadly and your pet is more likely to be stolen.

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