Undoubtedly, summer time is a high travel time for pets, whether you are traveling to the veterinarian’s office for a check up, to your local park for a walk or out of town for the weekend. Are you traveling safely with your pet?
Tip number one: Dogs should always travel secured in the backseat. According to barkbuckleup.com, if a collision occurs at 35mph, a 60lb dog will become a projectile force of 2,700 pounds! Whether your vehicle has front and /or side air bags, bluntly speaking, your dog will go through the windshield. This will cause significant if not fatal injuries. Now you may wonder, well what about the backseat?
The same is true regarding the impact; your dog will become a 2,700lbs projectile force, which will is a serious concern for you, the driver. For everyone’s safety, a dog should ride in the back seat. Additionally, the pet should be secured with a seat specifically designed for canines and their size. Ultimately, this will reduce the concern for injuries to the pet and their companion.
Tip number two: Felines should be in their carrier that is secured to the seat by a seatbelt. Felines, in general, are not great car riders, leaving the house let alone traveling in a vehicle is not an enjoyable experience for them. Cats should never ride in a vehicle uncontained; securing a cat in an approved travel carrier will reduce the risk of injury during a collision.
Additionally, the carrier should be secured to the seat using the vehicle’s seatbelt system. This will significantly reduce the chance of the carrier becoming a projectile force causing risk to you, the driver.
Tip number three: When traveling, ensure your pet is wearing an up to date identification tag. When traveling any distance with your pet, you never know when a vehicle accident may occur. Like most people during an emergency situation, a pet will become afraid. Their fearfulness during a chaotic situation may result in them running away from the danger. If the pet has a collar with the owner’s contact information there is a good chance the pet will be returned to its owner. Equally, as important as information is microchip. A microchip is a small device (size of a piece of rice) that contains a specific alphanumeric number. This device is implanted under the skin of a pet and can be read by various microchip scanners. The shelter, as well as veterinary practices, scan stray pet in an effort to reunite them with their owners.
Fact: July 5th is the busiest time for the intake department at any local animal shelter. During the July 4th celebrations, pets often become afraid of the fireworks and run way from the loud noises. Subsequently, the pet ends up at the animal shelter in the intake department as a stray. The shelter will always scan a pet for a microchip as the first step to identification.