Important Safety Tips -

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

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!


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! 

 

 


31 comments

  • Juliet

    My little 10 pound dog was hit by one of my school workers cars on May 14th while still on her leash. One more tip never use retractible leashes. They stretch out way too far and make your dog think they can go wherever they want. Since my dog poops right by the side of the road I went to pick it up. I tried to tighten the leash but it didn’t work and she went out too far and got hit right on the head with the bumper and the driver kept driving. It was the most horrible moment of my life also when I ran out onto the road to get her the car behind it didn’t stop and almost hit me. And when I got out of the way crying the guy tried to give me a high five which was disgusting of him. And I held her as she bleed out and called my mom. I felt her pulse and She was still breathing and I kept walking to her mom trying to get there with out hurting her and she died as I was walking to my moms car.

    I was 13 and didn’t know any better and the moral of the story no retractible leashes

  • Chris Bota

    Where did you get these statistics?

  • richie

    Hi tracy stolpa i completely feel ur pain right now. My puppy got hit by a car yesterday died in my car while i was driving him to the hospital like 5 minutes before i arrived. Prince was like my son i adored him. He was incredibly smart loyal and super sweet and lovable. A dog unlike i never had before. Im completely torn and heartbroken. He never ran out the gate even if it was open. So when i open the door he uses the bathroom in the yard. Yesterday we stepped out i turned back to get my phone and at that moment he saw a cat and went straight after it chasing it on the street. At that moment a car came and hit him and he left. My puppy ran back up the driveway limping he wasnt bleeding yet either. In the car he began to bleed and i saw him opening his jaw. But in the hospital they said he had no heartbeat. Im devastated! I have a question for the rest of you that had their puppies hit by a car. Did they bleed later? Im just confused why it took him so long to bleed it makes me wonder did i take too long to take him could he have been saved if i hurried more?

  • Lu

    The first rescue cat I had was a loving cat I named Blackjack. I kept him inside except when I took him out under supervision. Then I married a man who let him outside and insisted he needed to be “free”. The day he got killed in the road was the day I decided to divorce that man. Blackjack gave his life to warn me what danger the children and I were in from my bad judgement. To this day, I cannot forgive myself.

    Maybe you cannot train a cat this way, but everyone who can should get training for their dog.

    This is a great idea.

  • Tracy Stolpa

    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.

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