I don’t know about you guys, but I love taking my dog everywhere with me. She comes to the store (if they allow my little brat in there), she goes to the park, I take her through the drive-thru while getting coffee…pretty much anywhere I go, she’s my little backseat roadie. I’ve heard horrible stories of things happening to pets in car accidents though, and before I realized the importance of having a safe seating area for her, I let her walk around in the backseat. I know, I know, don’t chastise me. She’s a big dog (70 pounds) so for me, keeping her in a crate wasn’t possible. I had to slam on the breaks at one point in time and she got her little paw up on my backseat to hold her in place.
I then realized that I was probably putting her in jeopardy more than making her comfortable.
Because I’ve had such a horrible experience, I wanted to recommend some safety precautions you can take, including a carrier for smaller dogs.
1. Pet travel seats – If you have a teeny pup or a small full grown dog, you can often use these travel seats. They’re pretty comfortable (not that I’ve sat in one, but I know someone with a little dog and he loves it) and they have a little seatbelt too.
2. Safety harnesses – This is like the travel seat, without the restriction of the seat. The safety harness has a longer seatbelt and it’s made for comfort to keep your doggy nice and safe.
3. Dog barriers – Dog barriers that are designed for all sorts of vehicles, are made of very high quality and durable material so that your pet cannot break through (intentional or not). There are also many sizes available. While the metal ones are nice, this dog barrier is the one I chose to get to keep my baby safe.
4. Travel carriers and crates – Even though many of us can’t (due to space restriction) use these, they are actually the ideal transit system. A lot of pets actually feel very comfortable in these crates, especially if you have one at home for them to sleep in.There are many types and sizes available.
5. Kennels strap restraint systems– Kennel strap restraint systems allow portable kennels and travel crates to remain secure on the vehicle’s seat. These restraint systems feature seat belt web adjusters for extra safety and convenience, and they are a great way to prevent the kennel or crate from sliding across the floor or seat of the vehicle- keeping your pet nice and safe 🙂
Even though you may have the best of intentions when you bring Fido along for a ride, a distracted driver is one who has a higher risk of getting into accidents, which is not only dangerous for you and your furry family. In addition, more accidents translate into higher auto insurance costs, and thus, keeping your pet members bodes well for everyone’s safety and financial well being. There are some car insurance companies that offer pet insurance as well. It would be worth it to look into them!
With thanks to Elysabeth Teeko for today’s guest post. Elysabeth Teeko is involved heavily with technology, SEO and social media writing, however, she also loves staying in touch with her girly side and writing about things from home, to traveling, to her beloved puppy. You can follow her on Twitter- @Elysateek.