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Petplan is #DrivenToBark on Behalf of Pets
Date:8/4/2014

Newtown Square, PA (PRWEB) August 04, 2014

Every year, countless dogs die in cars due to extreme temperatures. Despite this, only 15 states have statutes that specifically prohibit leaving an animal unattended in a confined vehicle. Petplan believes this is a national issue – and that four-legged friends urgently need legal protection.

That’s why Petplan is petitioning the Obama Administration to encourage all states to enact laws prohibiting animals from being left unattended in cars, exposing them to dangerously hot or cold temperatures.

If 100,000 people sign the petition in 30 days, they get their paws in the door of the White House. This means the Administration must respond to Petplan’s petition, potentially paving the way to saving the lives of dogs across the nation.

Here’s why leaving a dog in a hot car can be deadly:
?    Dogs can suffer heat stroke and die in less than 15 minutes in a hot environment.
?    Even on a cool, 72°F day, a car’s temperature can shoot up a staggering 40°F in one hour.¹
?    Most of that temperature increase occurs within the first 30 minutes.²
?    Even in the shade, a car’s temperature can quickly soar to dangerous levels.
?    Cracking the windows open has little effect on the temperature in the car.³
?    By the time a dog shows visible signs of heat stroke, it’s often too late to save them.

¹http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/1/e109/F3.expansion.html
²http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/1/e109/F3.expansion.html
³http://www.redrover.org/mydogiscool/how-hot-do-cars-get

Sadly, many pet parents simply don’t realize how dangerous it can be to leave their furry friend in a car. “Heat stroke can permanently damage a pet’s health very rapidly,” explains Dr. Jules Benson, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Petplan. “The change of only a few degrees to a dog’s normal body temperature can quickly result in coma, organ dysfunction, permanent brain damage or even death.”

The needless, agonizing deaths endured by dogs every single year is why Petplan is Driven to Bark. “Protecting pets is at the core of everything we do,” says Petplan Co-Founder and Co-CEO Natasha Ashton. “And as pet parents ourselves, it breaks our hearts that so many dogs needlessly suffer and die every year. This simply has to change.”

On August 4, 2014, Petplan will launch their petition and a dedicated website with more information and real stories at GoPetplan.com/driven-to-bark/. They’ll also be barking from the rooftops with a nationwide social media campaign. On Facebook and Twitter, the campaign will be driven on a national level by the hashtag #DriventoBark, and on a local one by the hashtag #DriventoBarkIn(state abbreviation), e.g. #DriventoBarkInPA, #DriventoBarkInTX.

It seems that every day, there are new reports of dogs dying in hot cars – but while there is plenty of awareness around this issue, there needs to be change as well. Petplan wants to lend a paw to create real, lasting and legal change that will end the unnecessary suffering of these furry friends.

To view the paw-tition directly, visit GoPetplan.com/driven-to-bark.

ABOUT PETPLAN
Petplan is more than a pet insurance company. We're dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets not just surviving—and thriving—into their old age. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud.

Petplan is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America for two years in a row. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide comprehensive coverage for all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of the pet as standard.

Petplan pet insurance policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group was rated A+ by A.M. Best in 2012. For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.gopetplan.com, read the Petplan Vets for Pets blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

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