Over 6,000,000 dogs & cats were killed on US roads last year.

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These statistics are staggering, scary and real.

In the US alone approximately 1.2 million dogs are killed on the roads each year. The number of cats killed on the roads in the US every year is much higher at an approximation of 5.4 million*.

In most of these cases, the dog was hit for a relatively simple reason considering the facts. The dog cannot be seen by the motorist and the driver only spots the dog once it is too late. Even if you have a light colored dog, at night every dog becomes a hidden target.

So, how do we help stop these easily preventable deaths? The answer is simple: make you and your dog or cat more visible at night to oncoming traffic. With our LED dog collars and LED leashes you and your dog will be spotted immediately by motorists no matter how dark!

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Does your dog wander in the backyard at night? Keep a constant eye on the pup when you turn on their LED dog collar! If your dog is adventurous and tends to wander off the property, make sure he or she is lit up so drivers can easily spot your dog.

A dog being hit by a car is an emergency

If your dog ever gets hit by a car, it is likely he or she will try to continue on like nothing happened - maybe act quite timid - but more of the time your dog will act as if they do not have any injuries (even though they might). Why? Dogs hide their pain, even if it is fatal. It is a survival instinct, because showing weakness or that you are hurt in the wild can get you killed.

If your dog has been hit by a car going faster than a slow crawl (think 3-5MPH) you will want to put your pet in the car and start driving to the veterinarian or the emergency veterinary clinic. While you are on your way, call - this allows the facilities to prepare if the accident is bad. If your dog was hit badly, and is unconscious, you will want to be extra careful in the car. If you can, bring another person to watch your dog while you drive. An unconscious dog can wake up while on the way to the vet and go a bit crazy. 

The costs to take your vet are rarely cheap, especially for a serious situation like a car accident. When pet owners are upset about their injured dogs or cats, they might take their frustration due to the expenses out on the medical team - but everyone needs to remember the vets are there to help and that in order to be there the expenses need to be paid.

Every dog owner needs contingency plans to pay for veterinary emergencies. This is part of the cost of having a dog. Having a dog hit by a car is often avoidable, but not every veterinary emergency can be avoided. A savings account, a credit card or a paid-on-time pet insurance policy are options for this need. In a perfect world, every dog-owning household would have a savings account ready for veterinary expenses. In this world, though, we each just have to do the best we can.

Training

Statistics show that dogs who typically chase cars are at a much higher risk of being hit by a car. This habit can also prove dangerous for the dog walker. It is important to teach your pup not to chase cars!

When you have guests over, it is imperative that you teach everyone not to chase your dog. Guests (and your family) should NEVER chase a dog. This is extremely counterproductive to dog training and it puts your dogs life at risk.

When you chase a dog, you are teaching the dog to run away from you - you trigger their instinct to run. A lot of people love doing this with their dogs or their friends dog as a fun fame. Unfortunately, while fun - this is very dangerous and you are teaching the dog dangerous habits. Playing "keep away" with a dog is also not recommended as this is also you chasing the dog.

If you need your dog, or another dog to come to you, then you will want to run away from the dog. This seems counterintuitive, but it usually works quite well. If you cannot run, then try walking away. You can even try backing away in an enticing manner. You can try pretending like there is something exciting on the ground near you, or even get on your back - but NEVER chase a dog! 

 





22 Responses

Tracy Stolpa
Tracy Stolpa

April 29, 2019

I wish I would have done so many things differently with my dog. Maybe she would still be with me and my heart wouldn’t be shattered. She was cold and ready to go in. I unleashed her just outside the door so she could go straight into the warmth vs. waiting just inside the door to get unleashed. I opened the door and the older dog went right in, but she did not. I guess she wasn’t that cold and wanted to continue on a walk. She stopped at the corner, looked back as I was trying to run backwards so she would come my way and she turned and trotted into traffic. She was run over instantly and died a few moments after I picked her up out of the road. The driver didn’t stop and I laid in a puddle next to my dog crying as she took her last breath. She was just over a year old and didn’t understand the dangers of cars. I feel so guilty and punish myself everyday. I just don’t know how to live life without her. She was my everything and I failed her. I’ve thought about another dog, but can’t afford the adoption fees. I’m good with vetting my dog, but just don’t have the extra money to adopt again. I’ve lost most of my immediate family (Mom, Dad, Sister and one of my sister’s twin daughters) to death since 2007. I really needed my dog and can only wish I made different choices with my her. RIP Dottie, 11/19/2017 – 4/12/2019.

Carolyn
Carolyn

April 29, 2019

I lost my dog yesterday, April 19/19 in front of my eyes. I was holding her leash but I did not have a death grip. I’m not sure why but she darted into the streets snatching the leash out of my hand. One of the worst days of my life. Feeling helpless. Shitty part of life! Lesson…tie your dogs leash around your waist.

Trixie
Trixie

February 08, 2019

I have a question, ask I’m seriously asking to make my Boyfriend think and feel better about the situation. He mentioned that every time he got a dog in the past. The dog would end up escaping and get hit by a vehicle. He totally blames him self and I can empathize with him, however I didn’t ask near as much as I wanted to because I was a little to scared for him to shut down, only on chapter 5 in this relationship… like to move as snail pace. Could I get some opinions ? please keep any negativity hateful comments to your self. I am looking for ways to encourage my partner and help them not feel or think in such a negative way.

kai
kai

February 08, 2019

these facts are for my book report thank you

Lisa
Lisa

February 08, 2019

My German Shepherd Max’s got hit by
a Car Saturday January 26 20019 that make 2 days ago broke he’s spine and the emergency vet siad even with surgery he will never will be walking again so we had to put him down 😭😭he was only 1 and half very smart and lovable so I suggest don’t ever let them out off leash or your site we’re so sad and we feel guilty how that happened we still feel he’s presence around us our Max’s he was like a wild little kid sooo cute and adorable

Deanne Romano
Deanne Romano

January 02, 2019

This is 100% preventable. Keep leash on in any and all open areas. I learned the hard way.

No matter how trained – a dog off leash in a non- enclosed area is always at risk. I just lost my dog on Christmas Day. A quiet “business walk” in Ce teal Park – very little traffic. But at the wrong split second, something in her decided to dart off (I’m guessing to run home). She was hit by a motorcycle and died.

Central Park has off leash hours. It’s a source of great joy for dogs and their humans. And everyone has had their dog scares (darting off). Many have happy endings. Until it’s not.

Never again. Go to a dog run for their freedom time. It’s wrenching. Think about how you would feel should this happen to you, and leash your dog.

Adele Jackson-Gibson
Adele Jackson-Gibson

December 14, 2018

Hi! I’m doing research on this topic and wondering the source of these statistics!

Thank you,

Adele

James
James

November 20, 2018

My dog was just struck by a vehicle and killed the other day… She just turned 1yr old, a puppy. We miss her so much! Please, if you have a pet be sure to take them to some training or tire them out each day so they don’t run out and get killed. I’ve learned a very hard lesson!

Angela
Angela

November 20, 2018

Hello, my name is Angela Beutel. I am doing research on the affects of unleashed and unrestrained dogs in the safety of pedestrians and drivers and came upon this article.

I was wondering the date it was published as well as the information from where that statistic was drawn from. Thank you for your assistance.

Angela Beutel

JANE
JANE

August 28, 2018

This is very sad, and i appreciate the information you have been able to make accessible for people such as myself. I would like to know the year these statistics were reported in as I am writing a paper and am in dire need of the year this was uploaded.

Katelyn
Katelyn

June 11, 2018

Thanks. I an doing a persuasive letter on why dogs should be on a leash and this is very helpful.

treyh
treyh

May 28, 2018

thanks but that is sooooooo sadd

Michael
Michael

May 28, 2018

wow that strait up brutal this is also good for my project still in shock

Kai
Kai

October 16, 2017

Thank you for all the facts

Kai
Kai

October 16, 2017

Oh and Thanks for the facts

Kai
Kai

October 16, 2017

My mind is blowing up from all these facts

Trooper
Trooper

October 02, 2017

My dog trooper got hit by a car on Friday and died minutes later. I was devastated and felt hopeless that knowing he was not going To make it alive. I witness the accident and feel terrible that it was my fault he figured out a way to get out of the fenced side yard the day he died.

dork
dork

December 08, 2016

was here

Haley
Haley

June 04, 2016

My dog u was just hot today and today is my birthday if I would have read this sooner maby u could have trained my dog to stay out of the road and don’t Chace cars or bikes but I didn’t do today she got hit so if u read this article listen to it u need to train it dog

Sarah
Sarah

October 28, 2015

Sarah was here

Zanaria
Zanaria

October 28, 2015

Good facts

Dominic
Dominic

August 26, 2015

Really good info for my speech on animal awareness… Thanks!

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