Safe Travel with Pets – MYHIGHPLAINS

It’s summer, so families and friends are gearing up for summer road trip season! Many of these travelers will bring along their furry friends, as 38% of pet parents say they will not go on vacation without their pets. That’s no real surprise, since 69%of Americans see their pets as family members, with one in five seeing their pets as children. Pet parents are likely to splurge on their pets by throwing them birthday parties, taking them to day care, and buying them organic food. While it is obvious that our pets are well loved, are we making sure their safety when we hit the road?
A recent Harris Poll found:

    Almost all pet parents (97%) drive with their dogs, but many practice unsafe driving habits. 41% let their dogs ride in the front seat, and less than a quarter of pet parents (23%) buckle their dogs up.
    Research found that pet parents are likely unaware of the safety needs of their dogs, as almost half (48%) do not own any of the safety driving gear tested for their furry friends.
    In fact, only 28% have purchased a dog crate or harness seatbelt, only 11% use a car seat, and only 5% say they have a built-in pet safety system.
    Almost three-fourths (71%) agree that vehicle manufacturers should proactively build more dog safety features into their vehicles. And almost half (46%) say vehicle manufacturers that do not have built-in dog safety features do not care enough about pet safety.

However, it’s not entirely the fault of pet parents as, like most Americans, they have long received mixed messages on dog safety. Cornell University’s Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro has more on the do’s and don’ts of traveling with our pets.

Dr. Mazzaferro is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, completing an internship at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma in Wisconsin. She completed a residency in Emergency-Critical Care at Colorado State University, where she also earned her PhD. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in 2002. Dr. Mazzaferro was the Director of Emergency Services at a multispecialty practice in Colorado for 10 years before joining CUVS in 2012. Dr. Mazzaferro is internationally renowned and a leader in her field. She is President of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. She is also a prolific publisher, having authored four manuals as well as numerous chapters and manuscripts on a range of topics relating to Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. She lectures extensively nationally and internationally, having given presentations in more than 21 US states and 9 countries. Internationally, Dr. Mazzaferro is recognized for her accomplishments as a lecturer and author and was the official on-air vet for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl!


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