With more than half of pet owners reporting traveling with their dogs in their cars at least once per month, professional pet sitter, you as pet owners are encouraged to follow these simple pet-travel safety tips.
According to the AAA/Kurgo Pet Passenger Safety Study, nearly 56 percent of people transport their dogs in their cars at least once per month.
From trips to the veterinarian’s office to day trips to a pet-friendly park, more and more pet owners are transporting their dogs—and other pets—in their vehicles. Because of this, it’s extremely important that pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their pets remain safe while on the road.
As pet parents, please consider following these basic safety tips when their pets are along for the ride:
- Leash your dog before opening the vehicle door. Hundreds of pets are lost or injured each year when they dart out of cars uncontrolled.
- Keep your pet’s head and paws inside the car. Do not allow pets to put their heads out the window or ride on the back of a truck.
- Do not allow pets to ride in the front seat. 30 percent of people admit to being distracted by their dog while driving, and distracted driving can cause accidents.
- Restrain your pet with a crate or vehicle pet restraint system. Pet travel safety product manufacturers like Kurgo® offer pet carrier restraints or dog harnesses that can be used with a dog seat belt or zipline that goes the width of the backseat.
- Don’t forget to keep your pet hydrated. Many dogs pant excessively in the car, making hydration even more important.
Jill Jaffe, owner and operator of Fur Paws Sake Pet Sitting Services is a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational association for professional pet sitters. To learn more about Fur Paws Sake Pet Sitting Services, visit www.furpawssake.com or call 469-645-8578. To learn more about PSI, visit www.petsit.com.