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National pet Travel Safety day – Here is what you must know!

Jan 10, 2019Shwetha ARead time < 3 min

Most of the time we are not even aware of what might be dangerous for our furry babies and we keep doing that involuntarily. Today (January 2) is National Pet Travel Safety Day and we at RV PetSafety bring to you a list of things that you must know as a pet owner while you travel with your pet.

Restrain your pet to the seat

Why: An unrestrained dog will be thrust forward at a force equal to 40 times the weight in the event of a car crash moving at speed of 25kms per hour. This can be harmful to both you and your dog. Having small dogs in the lap can be dangerous as well. This causes your dog to fly out from your lap even during minor crashes. No matter what is the size of your dog make sure that they are restrained.

Monitor the temperature of your pet

Why: The temperature inside a closed car can rise up to 140 F when it is just 70 F outside. That is near twice the hike in temperature. At this rate, your dog has high chances of getting Hypothermia, dehydration or sometimes loss of consciousness. Install a pet monitor to monitor the temperature constantly when you are not in the car or even otherwise. What is tolerable by you might not be tolerable by your dog.

Do not get distracted by your pet

Why: Accidents are not caused only because people are distracted by mobile phones. People who take dogs along with them often get distracted by the stunts performed by the dog, this leaves them with less concentration on the road.

Do not ride in a pickup bed

Why: It is an all-American tradition to have your dog at the back of your truck, but the repercussions are too much to handle in the event of a crash. No matter how short your trip is if you are going to put your pet at the back of the truck make sure you crate your dog.

Use Center for Pet Safety (CPS) Certified Restraints

Why: Even though you use restraints there is no guarantee that it will hold your pet to the seat. CPS tested multiple pet restraint products using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard crash conditions for child safety seats. Unfortunately, most of them failed the test, most of these harnesses and collars will have a chocking effect on your fido causing more damage.

Here are a few products that were rendered safe by CPS:

  • Safety Harnesses
  • Sleepypod Clickit Sport (Sm, Med, Lg, XL)
  • Sleepypod Clickit Terrain Sm, Med, Lg, XL)
  • ZuGoPet The Rocketeer Pack
  • Pet Travel Carriers
  • Sleepypod Carriers
  • Gunner Kennel G1 Small with Strength Rated Anchor Straps
  • Travel Crates
  • Gunner Kennel G1 Small with Strength Rated Anchor Straps
  • Gunner Kennel G1 Intermediate with Strength Rated Anchor Straps

Hope you found this useful. Let us know what products do you use and how would you review them on the basis of your usage in the comments section below.

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