Dog Carrier Safety: Health Issues to Consider

A dog carrier can be a real asset for taking your pet in the car, or transporting him for emergency care. There are some dos and don’ts about dog carrier safety that you should follow to prevent further discomfort or injury.

Confinement and Heatstroke

Dogs can get heatstroke if left in a carrier with poor ventilation. When using a carrier or cage for transportation or training purposes, always ensure the device has adequate airflow for your dog. Also be sure you include a drinking water bowl inside the carrier to avoid your pet becoming dehydrated.

Pet supply companies make small fans that attach to cages or crates for use in hot weather or at crowded dog shows. The crate fans are battery operated and will help save your dog from a medical condition such as heatstroke from poor ventilation.

Pet Safety and Carriers

Many times, carriers help to keep pets safe in special circumstances. If your dog or puppy is prone to chewing on chords or getting into dangerous areas, crating him will keep him safe until you arrive home. Likewise, transporting an injured pet in a dog carrier will prevent worsening the situation while you drive to get help. It’s a way to move your dog without upsetting his injured area any further.

For some pet injuries a standard carrier won't be enough to avoid further injury or discomfort. A flat surface is required if you need to immobilize your dog. Place your dog on a rigid surface like a board and secure him to it with a blanket or towel and place tape over that. This works well if your dog has a broken leg or similar injury.

Crates and Dog Travel

Make your pet feel at home in his dog carrier when you bring him on the road. Personalize his space with extra padding like his favorite blanket, bed pad or pillow. Add one or two of his go-to toys as well to provide some of the comforts of home.

Safety tips for crating your dog in the car:

  • Leave adequate space around the crate when it’s packed in your car.
  • Let plenty of fresh air flow in and around the crate.
  • Make sure the crate is buckled to the seat or securely attached to the floor of the vehicle.
  • Ensure the locks and latches are safe and secure before traveling.

Dog Carrier Cleanliness

Clean your dog’s crate on a regular basis. Wash it down with an eco-friendly product that won’t linger, or use mild-soap and water. Dog health problems can arise when they lick or inhale chemicals.

Don’t share your dog’s crate with other pets. He is likely to pick up bacteria and may contract kennel cough or even parasites that get left behind. One sick dog can spread illness to another, and crates can be the perfect breeding ground for spreading germs. Additionally, don’t let your dog share water or food bowls with other pets.