A Look at Vehicle Safety
Published on: September 6, 2017
Let’s Go for a Ride!
This probably goes without saying, but here at Wag N’ Wash we love pets! Helping our customers provide the best care for their companion animals is always our top priority. We encourage people to bring their leashed pets in to the store to shop, get a bath or just to say hi! But what about before they get to the store or the park or the vet? How safe is your pet while in the car? Let’s take a look at vehicle safety to keep our furry friends safe when we hit the road!
Is It Hotter than You Think?
You should never take your dog somewhere that makes you leave them in a parked car, especially for extended periods of time. According to the AVMA, every year hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. Even if it’s just a few minutes or you leave the window cracked your pet is still at risk. The AVMA website explains that “the temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F…and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!” Remember that your pet is wearing a fur coat on top of that. It’s easy to see how heatstroke can happen so quickly.
When you go out, check with the stores and restaurants you plan to visit to see if they allow pets. If they don’t, save that errand or lunch for another day or simply don’t take your pet with you. As much as we love our pets, sometimes we have to make the choice to leave them at home. Talk to a team member at your locally owned and operated Wag N’ Wash about toys, treats and chews that can help entertain your pet at home while you’re out and about!
Buckle Up for Safety!
How often do you think about buckling in your cat or dog? Small dogs and cats are usually put in a carrier and placed in the back seat without being buckled in. Larger dogs are often put in the back with no restraints whatsoever. According to Paws To Click, 84% of pet owners bring their dogs on car trips but don’t use any kind of restraint. What happens to your pet if you’re in an accident? What if your pet causes an accident?
Paws To Click explains that “an unrestrained 75 lb. dog will exert roughly 2,250 lbs. of force in a crash at only 30 mph.” To reduce possible injury to your pet, you should always use a secure carrier, buckle, harness or restraint for your pet. Wag N’ Wash carries a variety of helpful tools to keep pets safe in the car. For smaller pets, flexible travel carriers can be used along with a seat belt to keep your companion animal secure. For larger pets, consider a harness that can be attached to the seat belt or a travel barrier that blocks their access to the front seat. A Wag N’ Wash team member is happy to explain the various options available. We can even help adjust a harness on your pet to ensure the most secure fit!
Know Your Pet!
Every pet has its own unique personality, and every pet travels differently. Your dog might be most comfortable on your lap during a drive, but this could be dangerous to the both of you. It’s important to teach your pet to enjoy the right way to travel. At home, leave the carrier open and use it to create a fun, safe place. Put a favorite blanket in there and when your pet shows interest or goes inside, give them a tasty treat. A positive association between your pet and their carrier will make it easier for them to travel in it.
Does your pet really hate the car? Consider an anxiety relief remedy or a Thundershirt to help calm them. You can also get them a favorite toy or blanket that’s only used for car rides. Something to comfort them during the trip. Anxious pets often pant a lot and may become dehydrated, so keep water readily available. A travel bowl makes it easier to give your pet water, so consider keeping one in the car.
If you ever have any questions about travel products or techniques, stop by your local Wag N’ Wash and talk to a team member today!