With more than half of pet owners reporting traveling with their dogs in their cars at least once per month, Professional Pet Sitter and Owner and Manager of Pet Sit Pros of South Orange County, Ashley Cunningham, encourages pet owners 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 beach, more and more pet owners are transporting their dogs—and other pets—in their vehicles” says Ashley Cunningham, owner of Pet Sit Pros of South Orange County. “Because of this, it’s extremely important that pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their pets remain safe while on the road.”
Cunningham encourages pet owners to follow 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.
Cunningham also reminds pet owners that pets should NEVER be left alone in a vehicle, regardless of the weather.
Pet Sit Pros of South Orange County is a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational association for professional pet sitters.
To learn more about Pet Sit Pros of South Orange County visit www.southorangecounty.petsitpros.com
or call (855) 867 – PETS (7387)
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