Animals riding in a vehicle should be in a cage, crate, traveling harness, or otherwise restrained. Unrestrained pets are the cause of many accidents, and are more likely to be seriously injured if an accident occurs.
NEVER allow your pet to ride in the back of an open pickup truck, even if restrained. Cages or crates may be thrown out in the event of an accident. Animals who are tied may attempt to jump out, resulting in strangulation or dragging the animal behind the vehicle.
Do NOT let your dog ride with his head out of the window. Dogs may jump or fall out of open windows of vehicles, or have severe head injuries caused by accidents or being hit by objects such as tree branches hanging onto a street. Small particles could enter your dog’s eyes or ears causing severe injury.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A HOT CAR even if you park in the shade. Cracking the windows does not keep the temperature at a safe level. Just a few minutes in a car on a sunny or hot day can cause irreversible damage or death.
Watch this video with Dr. Kathy Hillestad to learn more about dog seat belts & car restraints: