We recently added an emergency tube to our vehicle pet safety arsenal. With Mom’s health issues two years ago and our tire incident while traveling last February, Mom started to think more about us pups. What would happen to us if there was an accident and Mom was hurt, unconscious, or even worse. It doesn’t matter if we are here in town or on a road trip, what would happen to us?
Of course, we always wear our seat belts or are in a Ruffland crate to keep us safe if there is an accident. We wear tags with our name and Mom’s phone number, and we are chipped, but what should first responders do with us? There are horror stories of dogs being taken to the pound after an accident where their human was severely injured or killed. Mom wants to do everything she can to keep us safe and get us back to someone who knows us and would care for us. It’s not something we like to think about but it is the responsible thing to do. You never know when something will happen.
The emergency tube is made of PVC pipe and has two end caps that slide on and off, but are also snug fitting. These tubes come in different sizes too. We have muzzles and leashes in the back of the car in case of emergency. If we are scared, muzzles may be necessary. All of us have trained wearing one just in case. In our tube we have lots of information, but some people buy larger ones and keep leashes inside them too. What should you put in the tube?
- Pet’s name
- Photo of each pet if you travel with more than one
- Age of pet
- Neutered or spayed
- Vaccination record
- Any medication information
- Allergies a pet has
- Name of clinic, vet, and phone number
- Name of one or two people to contact to come and get your pet in an emergency
- Where leashes and muzzles are located in your vehicle
Our emergency tube was on Etsy, but there are other sites online where you can buy them. They come in different sizes, colors and some let you customize the wording on the outside. Where do you keep them in the car? You can attach them to the dog’s kennel, we have ours attached to the back of the driver seat. Since we travel alone, as one, two, three, or all four of us, we put all our info into the one tube.
Hopefully no one will ever need to use the tube, but it gives Mom piece of mind because you never know what will happen and when. We are thankful Mom does her best to make sure we are taken care of no matter what.
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