Buckle Up for Safety

Buckling up is an important safety precaution for your pet. Many states and provinces now require that pets be restrained while in a moving vehicle, and restraints have several advantages. They help protect pets in case of a collision, and they keep pets from running loose and distracting the driver. They also keep pets from escaping the car through an open window or door.

Cats and smaller dogs are often most comfortable in pet carseats, which can elevate your pet while restraining them. Carriers give many animals a sense of security and familiar surroundings, and can be secured to the car seat with a seat belt or a specially designed carrier restraint. There are also pet restraints available that can be used without carriers, including pet harnesses.

No matter what kind of restraint you use, be sure that it does not permit your pet's head to extend outside the car window. If pets ride with their heads outside the car, particles of dirt can penetrate the eyes, ears, and nose, causing injury or infections. Excessive amounts of cold air taken into lungs can also cause illness.

Pet restraint in the car takes a bit more time, but pet safety is the responsibility of the pet owner. As pets are not able to care for their own safety, they count on you to keep them safe.