Traveling Safely With Your Pet

Originally Posted 3-15-18.

We are in full swing of spring break which means summer is around the corner. Vacations and traveling is upon us whether we are ready for it or not. According to PetProSupplyCo.com, “Here are a few facts you should be aware of whenever you consider traveling with your pets…

– There are 43.3 million households in the US with pets.
– 84% of dog owners traveling with their dogs are not restraining them.
– Only 16% of people who transport their dogs use proper safety restraints.
– 60% of dog owners have driven while distracted by their pets as passengers.
– 52% of dog owners have petted their dog while driving.
– 17% percent of drivers allowed their dog to sit in their lap while driving.
– 13% percent of drivers admitted to giving food or treats to their dog while driving.
– 4% percent of drivers acknowledged playing with their dog while driving.”

Full article here: https://www.petprosupplyco.com/…/car-accident-pet-statistic…

Traveling safely with your pet is very important. I consider mine as precious cargo. Dogs have their own minds which we can’t help but love and hate at the same time. Recently, I had client tell me about how her dog jumped out of the window while driving. The dog was fine but it was extremely scary. Personally, my dog (Beverly) tried to kill me at 70mph on IH-35 by putting the car in neutral while on her freedom ride from the shelter. These are surprisingly common stories for dog owners I have encountered while traveling with their fur-babies. Securing your pet is the most important thing you can do while traveling. In an accident, it prevents them from becoming a projectile or injury. Kennels, seat belts, and carriers are great options to utilize while traveling.