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Taking your little dog along on a car ride

Whether it's a quick trip to the store or a cross-country drive to a favorite vacation spot, your small or toy breed dog may be the perfect passenger when you hit the road. Take extra care and you two could find some of your best times together side-by-side behind the wheel.

Getting started. If riding in a car is a new experience, help your little dog get used to it by taking several short car rides around town before attempting a trip to a destination far away. For long drives, your best bet for transporting your best friend may be a well-ventilated crate anchored with bungee cords or the seat belt.

Beware of the risk posed by a hot car to your small or toy breed dog. A car can turn into an oven in a flash during the spring or summer.

  • Never leave your pet alone in your car during warm or hot weather even for a minute. Interior heat builds up quickly and poses serious danger
  • Heavy panting or relentless licking could be warning signs that you need to pull over in a shady spot and provide some water

Not every pet enjoys life in the fast lane, but if yours does, make the most of a great opportunity to share a good time together. Have fun and if you're going to be gone for a long time, don't forget to bring along your little dog's food and bowl!

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