Archive for February, 2010
We would like to formally invite you to share your pet and your pet’s story. It doesn’t have to be about pet auto travel safety products or about a car wreck incident with your pet. It can be about any sort of travel event, such as a trip you took camping with your dog. Tell us about places you and your dog have visited. Tell us which hotels you stayed in and how dog-friendly they were. Tell us what you and your dog did on your vacation. Tell us where you take your dog for fun activities, such as to a lake or dog park.
We LOVE pets and would LOVE to hear about yours. Who wants to hear nothing but stories about Sephi and Maya all the time? (Besides me, of course.)
Tired of muddy paw prints soaking through your dog seat cover after you take your dog home from the dog park? I know I am. After spending almost $100 to get the interior of my car professionally cleaned, I went searching for a quality water-resistant dog seat cover. And I found it through Cruising Companion. Cruising Companion has developed a new dog seat cover which is not only stylish, but also resistant to water. It is two sided – a teflon-coated nylon on one side and warm fleece on the other. It is in a hammock style so that it not only covers the seat of your car, but also the back of the front seats and the floor. Don’t worry, you can still use your dog seat belts with this dog seat cover. It has two seat belt holes for your convenience. And when your dog seat cover gets really dirty, it is machine washable.
We can not say enough good things about Bark Buckle UP. Bark Buckle UP is a non-profit company which educates people about pet travel safety. They also test products and rate them in order to ensure that the pet travel safety products on the market are safe for your dog. Bark Buckle UP has been providing such a great service to the public that they are being awarded the Pet Safe Choice Awards at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show.
Bark Buckle UP has listed the top vehicles to own for pet travel safety as well as the top retailers, hotels, and airlines for pets. They have also done research to provide informative statistics in regards to pets in vehicles. For example, did you know that in a car accident where the car is going about 35 MPH, a 60-pound dog can become a 2,700-pound projectile? Visit www.BarkBuckleUp.com for more information.
Dee-Ann Durbin with the Eagle Tribune has written a good article about pet auto safety devices and why your pet should where one whenever they are in the car. She writes about the Pet Buckle which is a brand we have recently acquired and offer for sale on our website, Pet Auto Safety.com. She also talks about pet car booster seats and pet crates which we also offer for sale. And she mentions a product we never heard of called the Pet Tube. While we contact the manufacturer of the Pet Tube see if we can make arrangements to sell it from Pet Auto Safety.com, you check out the great pet auto safety article at www.EagleTribune.com.
Pet Auto Safety.com has added a new product to the site. We are proud to say that we have found a company which actually spent the millions of dollars to crash test their product. The Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness has been crash tested using dog dummies. Because crash testing is so expensive, other dog car safety harness products have only been strength tested. That’s not to say that those products aren’t safe, but you can be assured with the Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness. The Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness is made with same quality automotive grade components as your car and is tested using the same test equipment used to test restraints found on commercial trucks, child restraints, and school buses. Due to the high cost of crash testing, the Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness is a bit more expensive than other dog car safety harness brands. But you will have more peace of mind when you travel with your beloved pet.
If your dog rides in a kennel or crate when they are in the car, your dog is much safer than a dog riding in the car without any safety restraints. But to make your dog as safe as a dog wearing a safety restraint such as a dog seat belt, try kennel straps restraint system. The kennel straps restraint system keep your dog’s kennel, carrier,or crate strapped safely in the car so that it does not slide off the seat in a sudden turn, stop, or collision. The kennel straps restraint system is made from the same seat belt quality webbing as the seat belts of your car. This kennel straps restraint system is made by the same company, Pet Buckle®, which crash tests their pet travel products.
A visitor to our site recently asked us, “Do you have any suggestions on how to get dog hair out of a pet car hammock without having to wash it?” That was a difficult question and I am sorry to say that unless you have a super powered vacuum cleaner, there is no perfect answer. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can use a lint roller brush and a pair of tweezers. But most of us don’t have that kind of time – or patience. So here are a few quick tips which may not get rid of all the hair but will certainly help.
Bounce fabric softener claims to repel pet hair. Try putting a few Bounce sheets in your dryer along with your dog car seat cover or pet car hammock. Do this before you put the dog car seat cover or pet car hammock in the car and do it again in a few weeks or months, depending on how often your dog rides in the car.
Try spraying the dog car seat cover or pet car hammock with a static guard spray. This type of spray not only reduces static, but it also helps to repel pet hair. Obviously, with your dog sitting on the car seat cover or pet car hammock, hairs are still going to get forced into the fabric. But perhaps not as much.
Try using a material lint brush rather than the tape ones. I have a red glove-like lint brush which resembles an ovenmit without the thumb-piece. I believe I got it at PetsMart or possibly even Walmart. It is very easy to use and you can do a few swipes with it every time your dogs get out of the car. Again, it won’t remove all the hair, but it will help keep it at a minimum.
The visitor to our site told us that she has heard of using rubber gloves. I have never tried that but from what I have read elsewhere, it sounds like it might work. The next time I need to clean my dog car seat cover, I will give that a try.
If you have any suggestions, please share!
Do you have a evacuation plan for your family in case of a fire? Did you include your pets in that plan? We have outlined some important tips which will help you include your pets in the fire evacuation plan.
First and most importantly, make sure your pets always wear their tags or have identifying tattoos or microchips. Animals tend to flee when terrified. So if your pet escapes the burning house before you can leash or crate him, there is still a chance they will be found and returned.
Know where your pets tend to hide. Fire is a scary thing and your pet will try to get as far away from it as possible and will go to a place where they feel safe. Some dogs hide during thunderstorms. Where does your dog hide? Cats tend to have all sorts of secret places they go to get away from it all. Do they go on top of the cupboards, in the closet, under the bed? Make sure you have a way to reach those special hiding places.
You should have an emergency kit for yourself and family. Don’t forget to put your pet’s things in the kit too. Helpful things to keep in the kit are leashes, pet food, any pet medications, and your pet’s veterinary information. If you have cats, make sure you have crates handy for them, or use a pillow case if needed.
Remember, your pets are important members of the family too. But if you can’t get to your pet, it is important that get out of the house as soon as possible. You can leave the door open as you leave. If you have a spare moment, open a window for them too. It sounds harsh, but you can’t help your pet if you get caught in the fire too. There is still hope that your pet will escape and you want to be around to take care of them and the rest of your family.
Make sure the airline as comprehensive information and guidelines for traveling pets. They should have a phone number specifically dedicated to owners with flying pets. Continental, for example, has a dedicated phone line for pet travelers.
Get an appropriately sized, airline approved dog carrier. Dog carrier specifications include proper ventilation; no wire kennels; a dog carrier large enough for the dog to sit, stand, turn around and lie down comfortably; no wheels on the dog carrier; two empty food dishes in the dog carrier; absorbent material on bottom of the dog carrier, such as a blanket; properly closing dog carrier (no locks).
Consider weather conditions – You need a backup for in case the airline determines that weather conditions are too extreme for pet travel.
Your dog’s veterinarian will need to issue a Health Certificate within ten days of departure.
Flying can be very stressful to your pet. You have probably considered tranquilizers for your pet, but I have found that veterinarians do not recommend this except in extreme circumstances. A tranquilized pet can not pant in hot weather (panting helps cool them down) or shiver in cold weather (shivering helps warm the body). If you think your dog will be too stressed for flying, try to find an alternative.
Although there are very strict regulations about animals flying, bad things can still happen. I heard a story on the Bonnie Hunt Show, where the dog in the kennel was left exposed to the pouring rain as the luggage was being put in. As a result, the dog was wet, the blanket was wet, everything was wet for the entire plane ride as the dog rode in cold terror in the baggage compartment of the plane. Thankfully, the dog was okay, but very very stressed.
Distractions which could cause a wreck:
- Nosing, licking, or otherwise pestering the driver.
- Trying to climb in the lap of the driver.
- Pacing back and forth from window to window.
Injury to themselves or other passengers:
- Injury to your dog’s eyes or nose from flying debris when their head is out the window.
- Broken bones, internal injuries, trauma, or death due to sudden stop, violent swerve, or car wreck.
- If a car wreck occurs, your dog could become a deadly projectile which could kill them and possibly other passengers.
Escaping the vehicle:
- Jumping out of a moving vehicle causing injury to themselves and possibly causing a wreck from you stopping suddenly or from other
cars trying to avoid hitting them.
- Dog which is projected from or escapes from a wrecked vehicle could cause another wreck when it gets into the road.
Breaking the law:
- While it may not be against the law to have your dog unseatbelted, if law enforcement sees that your dog is a distraction you may be
ticketed for unsafe driving.
Stress to your dog:
- Unharnessed or uncrated dogs can get stressed out in a car. Stopping, turning, etc can prevent them from keeping their balance. They
don’t understand all the movements and can be stressed by it.
- Dogs can get carsick – especially little dogs who can’t see out the window.
- A stressed dog can vomit or make other types of messes in your car.
Our message does not mean that you shouldn’t take your dog with you in the car. We just want you to think about you and your dog’s safety when they are in the car. Consider a dog car seat belt, keeping them in a crate or pet car seat, or putting up a pet barrier between the front and back seats in order to keep them in the back. For more information on dog car safety, visit http://www.petautosafety.com/pet-travel-articles.