Too Hot to Handle

With summer officially beginning on June 21st, temperatures are starting to rise. July is usually the hottest month out of the year and this was even more true last year when a new record was set. According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), July 2021 was the hottest month ever recorded in human history. As temperatures rise so does the risk of heatstroke, especially for vulnerable children and animals left alone in vehicles. Since 1998, 912 children have died from Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH).

Even if you’re not a parent or a caregiver, you can still do your part in preventing a tragedy. Always make sure to lock your car doors to avoid unattended children going into your vehicle. And if you see a child alone in a car, call 911, then try to get them out immediately. The same goes for dogs and other animal companions. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) states that in 2021, 59 animals died after being left in hot cars, and those are just the ones that were reported.

All hot car deaths can be prevented. Whether we are parents, caretakers, or just bystanders, we can all be alert and aware to make sure the number of hot car deaths for both children and animals no longer rises.

Pet Safety: Dog-gone Right!

No time to read a long-winded BLOnG? Welcome to the Three-Second-Stop mini-Blog.

Today’s Three Seconds: How to Transport Your Pet, Part 2

dogseatbelt3 Second StopSo, what IS the safest method for transporting your pooch?  Your dog should never be left loose while riding in the car.  One solution is to put your dog in a travel crate that’s well-suited for their size, an ideal choice for dogs that are easily excitable.  Another safe alternative is to tether your dog with a safety harness or pet seat belt.  This protects them from hurtling forward in case of a sudden stop or accident, and helps reduce distracted driving.  Puppies and small dogs shouldn’t ride in the front seat – the danger of front air bags to children applies to dogs too.
…Now that your dog is secured safely, it’s okay to crack the windows just a little bit so they can still get their sniff on!

Pet Safety: The Window Problem

No time to read a long-winded BLOnG? Welcome to the Three-Second-Stop mini-Blog.

Today’s Three Seconds: How to Transport Your Pet, Part 1

puppy3 Second StopWe know you love to let your dog stick their head out of the car window while you are driving around, but the DMV advises this is unsafe.  First of all, it’s dangerous for your pet.  They might be enjoying a breeze, but it won’t be so fun if they get whacked by debris.  Also, the heavy airflow is damaging to their respiratory systems, especially if it’s cold out.  Unfortunately, unrestrained dogs are distracting to you and to other drivers, and your pet can become a hindrance to your ability to see traffic around you. By not allowing your dog’s head to hang out your vehicle window, you keep your pet, you, and others around you safe.

Stay tuned for more ways to transport your pets safely!