Riding Shotgun

In the theme of this love-crazed holiday, we have to ask: How much do you LOVE your pet??!

Our bet is, a lot! In which case, it’s time we sat down for a chat about their safety. No, this isn’t going to be a talk about the “birds and the bees.” (Phew!) Today we’re discussing the importance of making sure your pet is safe when they come along with you in the car.

Maybe some of you sat through a presentation in grade school about what happens in a car crash. For those of you who didn’t, the police officer explained how, on impact, everything in the car (pens, books, CD’s, etc.) flies to the front of the car at top speed. If your pup is riding shotgun, unrestrained… well, we don’t want to think about what could happen.

Last year AAA and Kurgo did a survey regarding pet travel. Here’s what they found: Of people who bring their pets in the car, 52% pet their dog while driving. 23% have used their arm to protect their pet when applying their brakes. 18% let their pet sit in their lap!

As adorable as it is to see a dog loving life, with his head out the window, wind blowing back his ears… it’s simply not worth the risk. These habits distract you (the driver) and increase the risk of an accident.

The beautiful Huskies in Suzuki's commercial were all strapped in and ready to go!

We noticed while watching the Super Bowl commercials this year all dogs that were riding along in cars were secured with doggy seatbelts. This is such a great step! And hopefully it will help more people realize just how important it is to buckle up their pets.

How about you guys? Do you have a safety system set up for your pet in the car? Sound off in the comments! 

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4 Responses to Riding Shotgun

  1. Dawn says:

    Absolutely! Both my dogs wear a dog car harness. I also do not allow them to sit in the front seat because of the passenger side airbags. Airbags are not designed for dogs. If you are going to have your dog sit in the front seat, then make sure your dog is wearing a dog car harness and that the front seat is pushed back as far as it can go. If you are lucky enough to have a car that allows you to disable the passenger side airbags, even better!

  2. Pam Lyken says:

    That’s Nitro in the front seat; he lives in Alberta, Canada and is trained by Flo Krisko of Alberta Film Animals. He’s a great dog and a fantastic Canine Actor. Here’s an article on his ride! http://tinyurl.com/7zt9qob

  3. This is indeed a very important, and (sadly) often overlooked, aspect of pet safety. And in many cases it extends beyond the safety of *just* the pets. I previously wrote a blog post about this very topic too, which I’d like to share here (http://thepreventivevet.tumblr.com/post/6602339864/restrain-your-pets-while-traveling-please).

    Its a subject thats very dear to my heart and one which I try to actively promote (along with many other pet safety issues).

    Are you aware of the Paws to Click movement? (www.PawsToClick.com)

    Thanks for highlighting this important topic on your blog.

  4. petsaddlife says:

    Pam, that is so cool! Thanks for the extra info.

    And Dr. Nicholas, we have heard of Paws to Click movement, and we love it! Glad you enjoyed our post!

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