Max­iZoo­events toad­viseon­car jour­neysfor­pets

Bray People - - NEWS -

MAXI Zoo pet store is or­gan­is­ing two free events this month to help ed­u­cate lo­cal pet own­ers about the steps they can take to protect their pets if they’re fac­ing long car jour­neys as they head off on holidays.

The free ad­vi­sory days take place at the store in Bray Re­tail Park on Fri­day, June 22, and Satur­day, June 23.

Pet own­ers who are plan­ning on tak­ing their pet on long car jour­neys to their sum­mer holiday des­ti­na­tion could be en­dan­ger­ing their life and that of their pet, Maxi Zoo has warned. ‘While there is no law gov­ern­ing the trans­porta­tion of pets in Ire­land it is highly im­por­tant to un­der­stand what is in­volved and that it is un­safe to al­low your dog to roam freely while driv­ing,’ said Emma Fan­ning, Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer at Maxi Zoo Ire­land.

The store’s pet ex­perts have also pre­pared a list of top-tips for driv­ers and pet own­ers, the first of which is to take time out to find a suit­able pet re­strain­ing de­vice or ac­ces­sory for their pet, tak­ing its size and age into con­sid­er­a­tion.

‘ Tak­ing your dog for long walks and play­ing high in­ten­sity games such as fetch will help to calm your pet down be­fore get­ting them into the car. The less ex­cited and more re­laxed your pet is the more likely they are to fall asleep quickly,’ said Ms Fan­ning.

‘Pets should be fed at least three hours be­fore the car trip to avoid car sick­ness and should have a fresh source of wa­ter avail­able at all times to main­tain proper hy­dra­tion lev­els. It is also im­por­tant for pet own­ers to check reg­u­larly to en­sure their pet is not get­ting over-heated or suf­fer­ing heat-stroke.’

Symp­toms of this in­clude hy­per­ven­ti­la­tion, ex­ces­sive pant­ing, pale and dry gums, in­creased sali­va­tion or di­ges­tive prob­lems.

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