A recent survey done by the American Automobile Association reveals that the majority of dog owners leave their dogs unrestrained while traveling by car. Listed below are some of study’s other findings:
•52% of those surveyed say that they have pet their dog while driving
•18% have reached into the backseat to interact with their dog while driving
•17% have allowed their dog to sit on their lap while driving
•13% have given their dog a treat while driving
•3% have taken a picture of their dog while driving
These are scary statistics because distracted drivers are more likely to cause an accident than drivers that are concentrating on the road. If an accident does occur, an unrestrained pet can be a danger to you and your passengers. At only 30 mph, a dog weighing just 10 lbs. can exert 300 lbs. of pressure if an accident occurs. At the same speed, an 80 lb. dog can exert up to 2400 lbs. of pressure. Properly restraining you dog with a seat belt or a car seat specifically designed for canines makes a car trip with your pooch safer for everyone involved. If you’re concerned about your dog having anxiety if not riding on your lap or immediately next to you- begin with short car rides with a restraining device before taking a long trip. Dogs with car anxiety may also benefit from a natural stress reducer like HomeoPet travel anxiety drops.
For many, the 4th of July means barbeques with the family, fun in the sun and of course- fireworks! While firework displays provide us with plenty of entertainment, they can be downright scary for our pets. It’s not uncommon for cats and dogs to go to great lengths to escape upon hearing those booming noises and seeing those flashes of light. Because of this, shelters see an influx of runaway pets every year after 4th of July festivities.
Below are a few tips for keeping furry family members safe this 4th of July:
•Keep pets inside during local fireworks displays: Keeping dogs and cats inside will not only reduce chances of them running away, but will also minimize stress due to unfamiliar sounds. If at all possible, it’s best to stay home with your pets.
•Close windows, curtains and doors: This will help keep out as much sound and flashing light as possible.
•Turn on the TV or some music: These more familiar noises might calm a pet’s nerves and drown out some of the loud noise from outside.
•Make sure all pets are wearing secure collars with proper identification: It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Pets have been known to dig under fences, pop out screens and perform other tricky escape attempts upon hearing fireworks. Just in case your beloved pet does manage to get out, up-to-date identification betters your chances of a quick homecoming.