January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day…
Founded by Celebrity Pet and Safety Expert, Animal Behaviorist and former Los Angeles Paramedic Colleen Paige, the goal of National Pet Travel Safety Day is to raise awareness of the importance of pet safety when it comes to all areas of travel. Petmeds
Many people are in denial that their pets are at risk in a car because they’ve never had an accident.
Often we’re thinking about the “other driver” not realizing an unrestrained pet is a huge distraction and can easily interfere with our own ability to drive safely.
RIDING DIRTY –
When Jaxson was a puppy, he was a #loosedoodle in the back seat…
As he got older, he would often try to ride between the two front seats #consoledoodle While it looks super cute – it’ not safe at all.
At just 10 mph – should I have to stop suddenly or swerve to avoid someone or something, my pet faces the risk of flying into the dashboard, windshield or the back of my seat.
If I’m blessed and there’s no “physical” damage to my pet – there’s bound to be emotional distress #foreveryone
I see dozens of drivers with small dogs riding in their lap, or resting on their lap while their upper torso hangs halfway out the window. These precious pups could be crushed between the driver and the steering wheel in a sudden stop OR suffocated by an air bag deployment due to an accident – or worse – they could be ejected from the car into oncoming traffic #OMDoodle
Once upon a time, I used to let them ride in the trunk area of the SUV…
Not anymore – I have no way of protecting them if someone rear-ended me. They just wouldn’t survive.
THE WIND IN HIS FACE –
During the summer of 2016 – Jaxson started to enjoy riding down the road, head in the wind, hair blowing like a shampoo commercial…
He always seems to have so much fun.
Does your dog like to “eat the breeeze” while cruising down the road?
THOSE DAYS ARE GONE –
At least for me –
- Never did I think about the eye and/or head injury risk from road debris.
- Have you ever gotten a chip or crack in your windshield from a rock flying at your car? It travels almost as fast as a bullet leaves a gun doesn’t it?
- Now imagine something like that (or bigger) hitting your dog in his face, eye or head.
- How many times has a bush or a tree branch sideswipe the side of your vehicle?
- What about those huge trucks with the protruding sideview mirrors?
Pretty scary stuff huh?
I also love my back-seat hammock, it prevents the Boys from falling off the seat in the event I do stop suddenly. #doodlecradle
If your car cannot accommodate a crate, and you can’t afford a harness, you can always loop a strong thick leash through the seatbelt to confine him from moving around. This is by no means 100% effective – but it does lessen the risk significantly.
For us, the harnesses work the best…
There are dozens to choose from with all different price ranges, and most adjust to the front or back seats of any vehicle.
TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS –
Traveling by plane? –
- Book a direct flight whenever possible
- Make a Vet appointment for a check-up
- Purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate
- Make sure the crate has proper identification
- Tell EVERY airline employee you encounter (on the ground and in the air) that you are traveling with a pet.
Traveling by car? –
- Prep your pet for a long trip
- Keep your pet safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate, carrier or harness restraint
- Have a pet-friendly travel kit
- Never leave your animal alone in a parked car
Tips for other modes of transportation (like trains and buses) can be found here
WE ARE A MOBILE SOCIETY –
Making our pets mobile just seems “natural” to millions of pet parents all over this world. It can be done, we’ve just got to remember to keep our pet’s best interest in mind AND use the best practices to get all of us to our destinations – happy, healthy AND safely.
They’ll thank you for it…
In life you have three choices – give up / give in / give it your all ❤️