Pet Travel Safety Reminder: Buckle-Up Your Dog!

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Pet Travel is on a rise. Many pet owners are bringing their beloved dog along on vacation. The most common way pet owners travel with their dog is by car.

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Buckle-Up your DOG!

Do you take your dog for car rides or road trips? Are you aware of the risks of traveling by car with your dog? Make your journey fun and safe.

3 Reasons Why you need to restrain your dog in the car?

1. An unrestrained dog can cause distraction and interfere with your driving. Some of these distraction behaviors are treating/playing/petting your dog, your dog climbing over the front/back seats and having your pet on your lap.

2. If a crash should occur, unrestrained dog can be easily thrown from the car. An unrestrained 60 pound dog traveling at 35 mile per hour can turn into a 2,700 pound projectile in an accident.

3. If a serious accident occurred, an unrestrained dog can slow down rescue workers and can cause further dangers to your dog. During an accident impact, your dog can be frightened, run away and/or run into traffic.

Travel Safely With Your Dog By Car, Buckle-Up!

1. Before you travel, schedule a vet visit to make sure your dog is in good health.

2. Have a pet travel checklist. Make sure to pack all of your dog's daily care needs.

3. Plan your route, travel, time and stops.

4. It’s important to keep your dog secured just like the rest of your passengers. Use a carrier or crate, or harness to secure your dog in the car. There are several ways to restrain your dog in your car. One way is using a dog harness specifically made for car travel. and has been certified by the Independent Pet Safety Research Institution, the Center For Pet Safety.

5. Keep in mind not to place your dog in the front seat. During an accident, your dog can be injured or even killed if the airbag deploys. Be sure to place and restrain your dog in the backseat. The safest spot for your dog is the middle of the back seat.

Ensure your Dog’s Safety, Buckle-Up!

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