Pet Travel Safety: Make Sure Your Pet Buckles Up
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Recently, I was talking to my brother about pet travel with his dog. He said the dog (a Pomeranian) sits on his lap while he drives. Upon hearing this, I cautioned him about the dangers of not having the dog restrained while driving. The caution about wearing seat belts while we’re driving has been around for years. When it comes to pet travel, the same rules should apply. Pets also need to be restrained while traveling to prevent injury.
Pet Travel Dangers
I often see dog owners, especially those with small dogs, allowing the dog to sit on their lap between them and the steering wheel. If a collision happened, the dog would be crushed either by the impact, or by the airbag inflating. Either way, it’s not a pretty picture.
Another thing I see often is a small dog standing on his owner’s shoulder while the dog looks out the window. Yes, dogs love this, but it’s also very dangerous! If the owner had to make a quick stop, the dog would go flying through the air. Serious injury for the dog, and most probably for the owner as well.
Many areas, including ours, have road construction underway, and flying debris could easily injure a dog enjoying the breeze.
Riding in the back of pick-up trucks can be very dangerous for dogs. Again, they love it because they can feel the breeze and look around as they’re riding. In the event of a quick stop or rear end collision, a dog could go flying out of the truck. Definitely not good!
Pet Travel Safety Gear
Pet travel safety gear has become a law in many areas, with the “click it or ticket” practice in effect.
There are many seat belt type options available, one I like is the Kurgo Direct to Seatbelt Tether Car Restraint.
This restraint gives dogs a chance to roam a very little bit, but will keep them from being hurdled through the air in the event of a collision.
Another option I like is the Easy Rider Car Harness. This was works well because it serves as a walking harness and a travel harness, and comes in extra small.
There are a wide variety of harnesses and car seats available in sizes to fit the smallest to the tallest dog. For smaller dogs that have trouble seeing out of the window, bolster seats work well.
My dogs ride in the K & H Bucket Booster Car Seat This seat works well because it has two straps, one for each of them. I got the large size, it’s great for trips around town, but is rather small for two dogs going long distances.
All of the pet travel safety options I mentioned in this post are available from Amazon.com and other pet supply retailers.
There are numerous pet safety options available. Shop around and find the one the works best for you and your dog. It’s fun to travel with your pet, but make sure you and your dog buckle up for safety!