Pet Safety: Buckle Up For Memorial Day

(Photo Credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

With summer right around the corner Bark Buckle UP wants to remind people to be safe driving buckle up the whole family pets included this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

(Photo Credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

If you are spending any part of Memorial Day weekend in a car, truck, SUV, crossover, RV and even boating, remember safety-first buckle up the whole family. It’s easy to do pet travel harness, tethers, crates and for boating wear it your PFD pets too”, stated Christina Selter “Pet Safety Lady, founder Bark Buckle UP.

(Photo by Billie Weiss / Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)

(Photo by Billie Weiss / Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)

“Despite all the warnings against leaving pets and children in cars, yet we still hear all too often the horror stories of dogs that suffered or even died after being left in vehicles as temperatures inside soared. 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 then 30 minutes, even if a window is cracked,” Selter said.

FACTS:
• Wearing a seatbelt costs you nothing but NOT wearing on can cost a life
• Bark Buckle UP’s StatTracker 2009 98 percent of pets were not secured properly
• A 60-pound pet can become 3000-pound projectile, at just 35mph
• Pet travel has increased 300 percent since 2005
• Unrestrained pets delay emergency workers’ access to human occupants
• Pets escaping post-accident pose many dangers, including catching the loose pet
• 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