|What is the best way to transport your animals?|
|Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:53|
Whether it is the family pet or your show horse, it is important to keep your animals healthy and safe when transporting them. Here are some helpful tips from OSU’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital clinicians.
If you need to transport a horse long distances (more than 500 miles), it is important to recognize that long distance transport increases the risk for pleuropneumonia (shipping fever).
Do not haul a horse long distances if it has recently been exposed to other horses with evidence of respiratory disease or if it has recently had signs of a respiratory infection, such as a cough, nasal discharge or fever.
If you need to transport your horse long distances, plan ahead. Hauling in an open type trailer with the horses head untied to allow it to lower its head during transport reduces the risk of shipping fever.
Alternatively, stopping every 6-8 hours to unload or untie the horse for 15 minutes or so is also beneficial to reduce the risk.
Give your horse at least 8 hours to recover from a long trip before asking the horse to exercise or perform.
After long road trips it is smart to monitor your horse’s attitude and appetite closely, as well as its temperature for several days. Call your veterinarian if you notice anything abnormal.
When transporting smaller animals like dogs and cats, the safest place is in the animal’s carrier.
If you decide to let your dog roam free inside the vehicle, make sure the window is not down too far so that the dog could fall or jump out or suffer eye damage because its head is hanging out of the window of the moving vehicle.
Never let your dog ride unrestrained in the back of a pickup truck. The dog could suffer trauma from being bounced between the walls of the truck bed.
Also, the dog could suffer broken bones or severe trauma if it should jump out of the vehicle. Worst case scenario, jumping out of the vehicle, the dog could be hit by an oncoming car that could result in severe injuries or even death.
Plan ahead when you need to transport your livestock or if you’re just driving around the block with the family dog. Keep your animals safe from harm.