Keeping Pet Safe This Memorial Day
Summer is right around the corner. Despite all the warnings, we still hear horror stories of dogs that suffered or even died after being left inside hot vehicles.
According to the dogtime.com website, studies have shown that a healthy dog, whose normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees, can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before suffering brain damage or death, at even 85-degree weather, temperatures inside a car can reach 120 degrees in less than 30 minutes, even if a window is cracked. Here are some facts:
• Pet travel has increased 300% since 2005.
• A 60-pound pet can become a 3,000-pound projectile at just 35 mph.
• Unrestrained pets delay emergency workers’ access to human occupants.
• Injured pets may bite first responders and rescue workers.
• Pets may escape through a window or open door and cause a second accident.
• Driver distraction is common when unrestrained pets are rambunctious.
If you’re spending this Memorial Day weekend in a car, truck, SUV, crossover, RV or even boating, remember—safety first! Buckle up the whole family, including your pet. A pet travel harness, tether, or crate may save your pet’s life—and yours!