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On the road with your dog

Animal rescue charity National Animal Welfare Trust (NWAT) has issued a few reminders and tips for people traveling with dogs over the summer holidays, citing the results of a survey is reminding people of their responsibilities when it comes to dog travel following a survey carried out on dog owners.

Dogs die in hot cars

This should be common knowledge, but sadly no summer goes by without dogs being left in hot cars owners who are unaware of the risks. At 22 degrees outside, a car interior can reach 47 degrees within one hour - and keeping an open window or parking in the shade doesn't help much. It could result not only in your dog's death, but also in prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act.

Secure your dog

The NAWT has found that one in five dogs would are not restrained inside the car they're traveling into, despite the Highway Code asking drivers to ensure a dog is kept secure with a crate, guard or harness, so as "not to cause a distraction to the driver and to protect them and their animal if there is an emergency stop". Many car insurance policies have the same requirement, but  only 7 per cent of those surveyed stating they know what their insurance says. Make sure to secure your dog to avoid injures, and to read through your insurance policy before traveling, to avoid nasty surprises.

Know your emergency breakdown cover

While 88 per cent of respondents said they are covered in case of an emergency breakdown, many emergency recovery companies leave it up to the discretion of their employees to decide how your dog can travel in the event of a recovery. This means your dog may have to remain in your vehicle on the recovery truck or if being towed - or even outright refused.

NAWT CEO Clare Williams said, “Given summertime is a peak season for road travel, we wanted to warn people about the potential road blocks in their way with regard to their next trip. Most of us regard our pets as family members so be prepared for any unwelcome surprises by checking your legal responsibilities, your insurance and make sure your dog is secure while travelling.”

You can download the NAWT infographic here.