Buckle ‘em Up

posted August 4th, 2010 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

Buckling up a friend or loved one is a no-brainer when going for a car ride. But some may forget the importance of strapping in the four-legged friend when getting behind the wheel. Forgetting, or merely skipping, to buckle your dog could have deadly consequences for both you and your pet. For example, when driving 35 mph, a 60-pound unrestrained dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, windshield or passenger, according to Bark Buckle UP, a national pet safety campaign.
The campaign travels around the country educating pet owners and first responders about the importance of properly restraining animals in vehicles. The campaign’s website, www.barkbuckleup.com, lists products that have been tested and found to be safe to use by your dog. Examples of products include a safety vest, a flotation vest, a first aid kit and an oxygen mask.
And to help every pet and owner remain safe, the Bark Buckle UP campaign offers free safety kits in case your pet is in an accident. First responders will locate the pet safety kit in your glove box and call your contacts to come get your pet, in addition to informing them you have been in an accident. The safety kit includes emergency contact information, shots and other records, and vet information, in addition to safety tips for traveling with your pet. To receive your own kit, fill out the information requested at http://www.barkbuckleup.com/Members/Registration.asp.

– Kristi Eaton

One Response to “Buckle ‘em Up”

  1. Bordertown says:

    Don’t forget to buckle your dogs and secure crates in the back of your vehicle. Air bags are not designed for crates or animals to ride in the front!

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