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Four Things Not to Do When Traveling by Car With Your Dog

Taking your dog along on car rides can be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, without some safety in place, things can quickly take a wrong turn.

 

Surprisingly, many of the things pet owners do when driving can be quite dangerous — not only for the dogs, but also for the drivers. Here are four things you should never do when driving with your dog:

Don’t allow your dog to stick his head out of the window

It might look like innocent fun, but an open window can lead to a world of trouble. “Road debris has a way of finding its way to your dog’s eyes and nasal passages, making for expensive veterinary bills,” says Lindsey A. Wolko, founder of the Center for Pet Safety, a consumer advocacy organization that conducts rigorous crash testing on common pet safety products. “Rocks and gravel kick up and if you envision the ding to your windshield, think about the type of damage that small stone can do to your dog.”

 

Plus, Wolko points out that sudden stops can often be very risky. “Pet owners rarely think about what type of damage those sudden stop forces can do to your dog’s neck or muzzle,” says Wolko.

Don’t let your dog ride in the front seat

The American Automobile Association (AAA) says unrestrained dogs in the front seat of a car cause about 30,000 accidents every year. In the case of an accident, airbags can cause serious injury to your dog — just like they would to a child riding in the front seat. “Pet owners also rarely think about the risk of injury to themselves should a pet become a projectile in the case of a crash,” according to Wolko. “The forces in some crashes have been strong enough to eject pets from the vehicle, putting the dog and all drivers on the roadway at risk.”

 

To avoid injuries, Wolko recommends that pets only travel secured in the back seat or cargo area of the vehicle.
   
Don’t ignore motion sickness

Motion sickness is more common in puppies. For some dogs, however, getting in a car is always a prelude to tummy trouble, which can cause drooling, yawning, and vomiting. For serious cases of motion sickness, your vet can prescribe medication to help calm down your dog’s nerves (which can be worsening the problem) or to ease nausea. For milder cases, however, you can try ginger. Ginger snaps fed about 30 minutes before a trip can ease tummy discomfort and might be enough to stop motion sickness.

 

Don’t forget a seatbelt

A proven restraint can not only give your pet the best possible chance of survival in a crash, but according to Wolko, they can also protect the human vehicle occupants. “Imagine a crash at 30 MPH and your dog weighs 30 pounds,” says Wolko. “That equates to a force close to 900 pounds flying through your car if your pet is unrestrained.”
For most people, their dogs are part of the family, so protect them when driving, just like you would protect your children.
   
Nilla’s Tub DIY Dog Wash & Health Food Store for Dogs & Cats, located at 211 Landmark Dr. in Normal, has everything you need to bathe and groom your furry friend in a fun, relaxing environment. They also carry a large selection of dietary supplements, treats, and high-quality dog and cat food, including raw and dehydrated raw from Honest Kitchen. No appointment necessary, call 309-451-9274 or visit them online at NillasTub.com.

This article was printed with permission from The Honest Kitchen. Visit their website www.TheHonestKitchen.com for more information.
 

 

 

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