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Transporting of animals
Whenever animals are transported, including journeys with pets, the law says that ''NO person shall transport any animal in a way which causes or is likely to cause injury or unnecessary suffering to that animal
Fit to travel
Your pet should be healthy and fit for the intended journey. If necessary, ask your vet for advice before beginning the journey. An animal is not normally fit for travel if it is ill or injured (except for minor illness or injury), it is newborn with an unsealed navel; cannot feed itself and is not travelling with its mother; has given birth within 48 hours before starting the journey, or is heavily pregnant and likely to give birth during the journey.
Avoid Heat Stroke Never leave an animal in a vehicle in direct sunshine or high temperatures. Overheating, distress and suffering is likely when the temperature goes above 25*C for more than a few minutes (unless the animals are already used to hot weather). The temperature inside a car in full sun on a hot day can quickly rise to double the temperature outside, leading rapidly to distress for any animal in the vehicle .
Gogs differ from people as to how the cope with heat. They lose heat mainly by panting and, unlike people, do not sweat a lot. Long haired dogs are more likely to be affected than those with short hair.
The first signs are often faster heavier panting and more activity, with barking and whining. Dogs will look obviously agitated. The dog may produce more saliva than normal, often with drooling and with strands of saliva hanging from the mouth. Extreme panting and dark coloured gums will follow. the dog's eyes may become glassy and it may appear to be unconscious. Once the dog's body temperature is raised so much thatcells begin to die, siezures, coma and death will follow.
Detecting overheating early and treating it promptly is essential to your dog recovering successfully. Take the dog to a cool shaded place, give it water to drink and spray it with cool water. get advice from a vet if the dog does not repond promptly.
Travelling in the UK, the Highway code states that' when in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you if you have to stop quickly. In some European countries, the law does not allow dogs to travel loose in vehicles. Your pet should preferably travel in a container which meets particular standards. A very small dog should always travel in a container, and the container should be placed where it cannot move when you accelerate, brake or go around corners; it is easy to get to and is not exposed to strong sunlight or cold draughts. If your dog travels loose in the vehicle it should not be able to escape through any window. When windows need to be left open, 'window guards' may be needed to prevent the animal escaping. If the dog is travelling in the luggage compartment of an estate or hatchback, you shouild fit a secure dog guard and the floor should have a non slip surface. Providing enough ventilation at all times is essential - both when the vehicle is travelling and even more so when it is not moving. and particularly in hot conditions. Always carry water.
Guidance on Pet Containers The guidance below will help you choose a suitable container for your dog and the type of transport.
The advice about containers and their measurements is maily for plane journeys, but the general principls also apply to other transport.
Your dog container should be a suitable size for your dog - it should be at least big enough for your dog to stand, sit and lie down in a naturL position and turn around easily. A container used to take an animal on a short journey to the vet may not be suitable or large enough for a longer journey.
The container should not contain anything that could injure the animal. It should be designed so that no part of the animal (such as the head, paws or tail) can stick out or get trapped. The container should provide enough ventilation and fresh air for your dog throughout the journey to ensure they do not overheat.
You can buy plastic pet containers from good pet shops and suppliers; or the container can be made of other materials, particularly for large and aggressive dogs.
All measurements are for the inside of the container.
Size of animal = A is the length of the animal from its nose to the base of its tail.
B is the height from the ground to the animal's elbow joint.
C is the width across the widest part of the shoulders.
D is the height of the animal standing up naturally, from the top of the head or the ear tip, whichever is highest,
Size of container
A + 1/2 B = length of container;
C x 2 = width of the container.
D = height of the container.
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