How to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Car
Mar 07, 2015 11:02AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Do you wear a seatbelt? I’m sure you do for a few reasons, right? First of all it’s a law, written to protect people from flying around in the event of an accident.
Secondly, we wear seatbelts because we are having more fun being alive then dead, right? Having a seatbelt on when you are going somewhere does not diminish your enthusiasm about going in the car, does it? In fact, if you are like me, I feel weird if I get to the end of the driveway without having my seatbelt on. It is simply part of going in the car.
I cannot tell you the number of people I have known over the years who have thought they were letting the dog have fun while in the car, they open a window and allow the dog loose in the car. The dog seems to be happy and loving life as it hangs its head out the open window taking in all the scents coming its way until a small flying object kicked up from another car hits the dog in the eye.
Even a spec of sand can do damage and now you are at the emergency vet as opposed to running your errands on a busy Saturday afternoon. Your dog will have suffered damage to the eye at the very least if not having lost the eye all together.
So, you are driving along and the dog comes up on your lap to see you and you suddenly get in an accident, the airbag deploys at 300 mph in a millisecond. This fantastic safety device meant to protect you has just needlessly killed your dog and seriously injured you as well.
And don’t think your dog is safe in the passenger seat either, the passenger side airbag will kill your dog there too, and it comes out even faster than the driver side because it is coming from the dash rather than the steering wheel. This entire scenario happens daily and can easily be avoided.
When traveling in a more contained and safe manner your dog will be protected as best you can and will have a much better chance of surviving a crash. In the same manner that your joy in traveling in the car is not diminished by having to wear a seatbelt, your dog will not dislike the car because he is in a crate. Watch for a future article on properly training your dog to ride in a crate.