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Facts about car safety and laws for dogs in cars

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It is not uncommon for people to prefer traveling with their canine family members. Most owners feel uncomfortable going on car excursions and vacation destinations without take the entire family, including the pet. Often times, leaving your dog at home only creates continual worry and stress. You can safely travel with your dog in the car, ensuring it is restrained and secure. Contact your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home to find the many traveling options for your pet, such as car seats and halter-vest that can be attached to the car's seat belt.

Just as you would never drive around without securing your children safely in a car, your pets require the same consideration for their safety and yours as the driver. Many dogs end up at the vet in trauma situations because of no restraints when involved in an accident. Your pet can go through a window or jump out of the car and get hit during such a traumatic event. Restraining your dog is so very important for the safety of all involved.

At least 84 percent of pet owners do not restrain their pets and studies show that drivers with pets loose in the car can result in:

  • 65 percent of them are distracted by the dog moving around, barking out windows and so forth
  • 31 percent of drivers get distracted by the dog climbing in their laps while in motion
  • 23 percent have to physically restrain their dogs with their arms when applying brakes, taking attention away from the road and other vehicles
  • 20 percent of dogs sit in owners lap while driving
  • 19 percent of drivers have to take their hand off the steering wheel to reprimand or deter the dog in the car while jumping from seat to seat

Such distractions can lead to accidents and traffic dangers. It only takes two seconds to take your eyes off of the road to correct your pet and end up in a dangerous situation. Keep your dog, yourself and other drivers safe; restrain your dog in the car. Many states are putting it into law that pets must be restrained just as all other occupants in a vehicle. Also keep in mind, your dog must be restrained in the back seat, not the front. The last thing you want is to have an accident with your pet in front and the air bag deploys. It will kill your pet instantly.

Don't wait for laws to go into effect in order to protect your pet companion. When traveling in a car, everybody needs to be restrained in a seat belt, including your favorite canine family member. Car travel is all about safety and fun for the entire family.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

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