CCRT Safety Precautions
At CCRT our pets, whether dog, cat or otherwise are members of our families; and as such should be treated as any other member of our families. In short, our pets are dependent on us and trust us to keep them as safe as any other family member.
Here are some safety precautions we wanted to share with you. It goes without saying, NEVER leave a pet in a vehicle unattended.
- Your car may be stolen with your dog inside
- For a dog, harmful, and even life-threatening effects can occur in a short time in a hot car.
Dogs can’t release heat by sweating, as humans do, so their internal body temperature rises more quickly. Some dogs, including senior pets experience even more challenges in hot weather.
- Left alone in a cold car for too long, dogs can develop hypothermia, a dangerous condition that occurs when the core body temperature drops too low. For dogs, mild hypothermia begins to set in when their temperature drops below 99 degrees Fahrenheit.
- At the end of the day, it’s best to simply leave your dog at home.
Consider dog parks with separate play areas for large and small dogs as these are most
conducive to safe and congenial mingling. When your dog only wants to hang with you or stands
by the gate, respect his wishes – and take him home. If your dog does enjoy playing with select
dogs, then we suggest setting up “play dates”. Remember — for your dog, nothing really replaces
time spent with you.
Speaking of dog parks…they are fenced in and are safe. NEVER allow your dog to be
unleashed in any open area. Even the best trained & most obedient dog can misbehave. It only
takes once for a tragic accident. Your dog may be very good at recall…always, but to disobey only
once, could not end well. Remember for your dog’s safety…ALWAYS…. leash in unfenced areas.
There has been an increasing number of dog thefts; from store fronts, vehicles, backyards. As
you would with a child, have your pet under careful supervision at all time. Don’t tie them up
outside a grocery store, neighborhood store, leave them unattended in a backyard or in your car
with the windows down “a crack”…..they may not be there when you get back to them.
Dog should be restrained in a vehicle as it may provide several safety benefits both to the dog
and the occupants of the vehicle:
- the dog cannot move around within the vehicle and therefore has less potential to distract or
disrupt the driver.
- in a collision, the dog may be less likely to become a projectile thereby potentially decreasing
the risk of injury to the dog, driver or passengers.
- restraint may prevent the dog from jumping out of a moving vehicle’s window which may
reduce the risk of injury to the dog and other road users.