Our dogs are our best friends so it stands to reason, we want to do everything we can to keep them safe. Except, so many dog owners take their pets out in the car without even thinking about whether they will be safe or not. It’s something so many of us are guilty of, and which most of us have gotten away with, but it only takes one accident to change everything, which is why I’m going to get into a few things you can do to keep your dog safe in the car right now.
First things first, let’s talk about restraint. No, I’m not suggesting doggy straight jackets (although, on second thought…), but rather the art of keeping Fido secure. A loose dog in a car is like a furry missile – adorable, yes, but not exactly safe. Dog seat belts, car crates, or harnesses are the way forward. They’re like the VIP section in a club, but for dogs and with less champagne.
And speaking of safety, let’s address the elephant in the room – or should I say, the bulldog in the backseat. Airbags are great for us humans, but not so much for our canine companions. So, front seats are a no-go zone for dogs. Stick to the back seat, where they can admire the scenery and judge other drivers in peace.
Don’t Wind the Windows Right Down
Now, I know what you’re thinking – “But my dog loves sticking its head out the window!” Sure, and I love the idea of winning the lottery, but we can’t always get what we want. The wind-in-the-fur thing might look fun, but it’s a one-way ticket to eye injuries and unexpected vet bills. Keep those windows up, or at least only slightly open. Trust me, your dog will still catch all those fascinating smells.
Keep the water Flowing
Car rides, especially in the summer, can turn your vehicle into a makeshift sauna. Always bring water and a bowl for your dog. It’s like having a mini-bar in the car, but, you know, for dogs.
Ensure They’re Insured
Pet insurance. If you don’t have it, you should consider it, just in case, because dogs don’t have car accidents lawyers working for them, and should anything happen on the road, it could get expensive at the vet’s pretty fast. Sure, it won’t prevent car-related incidents, but it can make them less of a financial headache.
Take a Break
Don’t forget regular breaks. Dogs, much like us, need to stretch their legs, have a bathroom break, and judge the facilities. Plan stops on long journeys – it’s the perfect excuse for you to grab that questionable service station coffee.
Keep a First Aid Kit
And here’s a pro tip: Keep a doggy first-aid kit in the car. Include the basics like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and a muzzle (because even the sweetest dog can get snappy when hurt). It’s like being a Boy Scout, but less khaki and more fur.
Don’t Leave Them Alone
Last of all, never, and I mean never, leave your dog alone in the car. Not even for a quick errand. Cars can turn into ovens quicker than you can say, “I’ll be right back.”
A safe dog is a happy dog (and a happy owner). It might seem like a lot, but hey, it’s all part of sharing your life with a cute ball of fluff, right?