National Pet Travel Safety Day: What Is It & What Can You Do?

National Pet Travel Safety Day

January first not only marks the beginning of a new year, but also the start of many a resolution to improve in the coming months, to do better this year than last. It is fitting, then, that National Pet Travel Safety Day falls on January second.

If you have yet to hear of this holiday, now is the time to learn how National Pet Travel Safety Day came to exist, what it stands for, and how you can participate. Pet lovers of every stripe should be concerned with the safety of pets, both when at home and away. What is National Pet Travel Safety Day and what can you do to keep your pet safe? Here’s what every pet parent needs to know.

What is National Pet Travel Safety Day?

Falling annually on January 2nd, National Pet Travel Safety Day is devoted to educating the public about the potential dangers inherent to traveling with unsecured pets in vehicles. Your pooch may love to hang his head out the window while you drive, while your cat might prefer to lounge in your lap as you drive to the vet’s office. However, this can be an unsafe situation for you, your pets, and even other drivers.

On this holiday, it’s important to remember that you, as a pet owner, are responsible for the safety and well-being of your furry companion. If you like to take your pet along when you travel, whether you’re driving to the dog park or taking a month-long vacation, you need to make sure your furry friend is safe and secure. National Pet Travel Safety Day seeks to raise awareness and help pet owners keep everyone safe in the process.

How Did It Start?

National Pet Travel Safety Day was founded by Colleen Page, one of America’s leading Pet and Family Lifestyle Experts. She’s more than just an animal lover, though. This renaissance woman is an animal behaviorist, a designer, a photographer, and a writer whose advice on pets has been featured in prominent publications. She’s also the author of The Good Behavior Book For Dogs. In addition to National Pet Travel Safety Day, she’s founded several other popular, pet-centric holidays, including National Dog Day, National Cat Day, National Puppy Day, National Pet Day, and National Wildlife Day, among others.

What Can You Do to Keep Your Pet Safe?

Some animals feel right at home in your vehicle, and jump at the chance to go along for a ride. Others are not as comfortable with the motion and noise of a vehicle. Either way, allowing pets to remain loose in the car can be hazardous to their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of the driver, passengers, and even outside traffic.

What if your pet should be startled and lash out at someone in the car? Your best pal could be the cause of an accident. What if he/she leaps from the vehicle, getting harmed or causing harm to others in the process? What if you suffer a totally unrelated accident and your furry friend is hurt or even killed because of your negligence? You’d never forgive yourself.

Safety first should be your motto whenever a pet is in the vehicle. For optimal safety, you should always secure your pet with a proper safety harness or crate that anchors to the seat or remains in place with the aid of the safety belt. Other safety guidelines could include providing adequate shade, water, and rest breaks during long trips, and obviously, never leaving your pet unattended in the car. On National Pet Travel Safety Day, make sure to brush up on safety guidelines for traveling with pets in order to honor your responsibility to keep your pet safe, healthy, and well.

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