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Is Your Pet Safe in Your Car?

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On: Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 10:00AM | By: Karen Cook

Is Your Pet Safe in Your Car?

We all love our pets. I mean, they love us unconditionally with no judgments, no grudges, and they never tell us we’re wrong. My dogs have an easy job. I’m never wrong so they don’t have to bite their tongues. They cheer us up, comfort us, and protect us. Is it asking too much to reciprocate?

Sure, you feed them good food, get their shots, and keep them on a leash when you go for a walk. But what about in the car? It may feel like love, giving them the freedom to wander and look out the windows, but how safe is that? My boyfriend and I were in an accident in high school in our little Chevrolet Chevette hatchback which had a toolbox all the way in the back. The other car hit on my side and I was hurt pretty bad, but the only injury he received was a bad bump on the back of his head where the toolbox hit him when it came flying out of the back. Fortunately the toolbox wasn’t alive. It would have killed a small dog. A large dog might have killed him.

There are all kinds of accessories for your pets comfort in a vehicle. You can get seat covers to keep of the hair and booster seats so little animals can see out. The most important one though is a seat belt. Yes, they have them for dogs. Most of them attach to the existing belt in the car or to a hook in the very back and they come in all dog sizes. Some even double as a walking harness so you can unhook from the car, snap on a leash, and you’re ready for outside adventures. The best part, however, is that they keep your pet from becoming a projectile in case of a sudden stop, and keeps the little ones from getting under the pedals and either causing a crash or getting smooshed when the pedals are pressed.

Side note: It is NEVER okay for your pet to ride in his cage on the OUTSIDE of a vehicle. Not even if you are a presidential candidate!

You can spend anywhere from $10 to $250 on a dog harness for your automobile. I would suggest reading the labels and testing them for sturdiness, keeping in mind the size of your pet. Your dog trusts you completely. You can see it in his eyes. Don’t let him down when you take him for a drive.

Don’t get me started on leaving your dog in the car when you go shopping. Don’t do it. EVER!

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