They say dogs are a man’s best friend and we believe it! Our Davis Law Firm Safety Paws, Aspen and Bentley, are an extension of our own DLF family. We understand that family travel may include traveling with your beloved pets. According to the Automobile Association of America and Kurgo pet supply, 6 out of 10 of the population with pets travel with them; and 65% of dog owners admit to participating in at least one distracting activity because their pet is in the vehicle with them. Here at Davis Law Firm we want to ensure that all our friends and pets have safe travels and stay alert while on their way to their destination.
Safety Tips and Products
We spoke with our friends at Kriser’s Natural Pet Store, located here in San Antonio TX and put together a list of solutions to optimize your safety and the safety of your furry friend. According to a product specialist at Kriser’s Natural Pet Store, pets are safest when they are securely buckled in during long road trips. “A carrier might seem like good idea, but carriers can still move around during travel and cause your pet anxiety. Also, during a crash the carrier can be thrown from the vehicle causing your dog to be injured or lost”, said representative from Kriser’s Natural Pet Store.
There are seats specifically designed to secure your pet inside the vehicle while also providing them the freedom to see out the window and interact with you during travel. For dogs, there are many harnesses designed to clip to the seat belt and keep your pup in place while allowing them to sit as they normally would in the back seat. Kurgo is one of the leading brands in harnesses, seat covers, and vehicle safety for your pets many of their products can be found at Kriser’s Natural Pet Store.
Once your pet is physically secure it also important to make sure they are not anxious or scared. Having a harness or a ‘Thunder shirt’ on your pup often pacifies their nervousness and makes them feel more secure by working like a swaddle for a baby. Krisers states “if your pup is still distressed, try administering a natural calming snack such as ‘Zen Licks’ or ‘Happy Traveler’ about 30 mins before your trip.” An anxious dog can make themselves sick or even distract the driver by whining or trying to escape. These products can help relieve some of that anxiety for your pet and get them acclimated to traveling with you.
Now that you have a happy, secure pup make sure to bring a bowl for water and some healthy snacks for them to enjoy during the trip. Kurgo and other brands have specifically designed water bottles with detachable bowls as well as compact travel bowls for families on the go. You can also find many healthy snack bars at Kriser’s and other natural pet stores. Taking family trips with your pet can build great memories that last a lifetime and with these small steps you can be sure your pet is safe, happy and ready for the open road.
Recovery of Damages
If your pet has been injured or passes due to a motor vehicle accident you may be entitled to compensation for damages. According to the Animal Defense League pets are seen as property to courts and if something happens to your pet in a motor vehicle accident, the person at fault would be liable for the “market value” of the animal, veterinary bills and possibly punitive damages.
It is important to hire an attorney for these types of cases that are familiar with personal injury and motor vehicle accidents. The defense will argue that “it’s just a dog” in order to protect the defendant and the insurance company. However, we know better. A pet is family and the right attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve if you happen to be in one of these situations.
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If you or your furry companion has been seriously injured in an accident Jeff is here for you! Davis Law Firm is here 24/7 to listen to your case. Our team of skilled legal representatives offer free consultation at no risk to you. Jeff Davis is the San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer that is here for you, contact us today! Our team of personal injury legal representatives offer free consultations at no risk to you. Jeff Davis is the South Texas Personal Injury Attorney that is here 4 you! Contact us today! We have offices in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville and Waco, Texas! Text and/or call the 4’s and 9’s! SA (210) 444-4444 RGV (956) 444-4444 Corpus (361) 999-9999
Special thank you to Kriser’s Natural Pet Store, please contact them for more questions about any of their pet safety products.