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Keep your dog safe in the car | LollyPup NY

Keep your dog safe in the car | LollyPup NY

You wouldn’t drive without a seat belt. You wouldn’t let your friend ride without a seat belt. Why risk your dogs’ lives by not restraining them properly? 

What happens to your dog during and after a car crash?

Unrestrained dogs can easily become projectiles and cause serious injuries to themselves and to other passengers. In case of a crash at a speed of just 25 miles per hour, a dog can be projected with a force equal to 40 times its weight. That means that even a small 10 lbs dog becomes a 400 pound force at the time of an accident. 

Additionally, dogs who are involved in an accident have been known to escape the vehicle and run straight into traffic risking getting hit by a car. The crash leaves them shocked and confused, and their instinct is to run as fast and as far as they can. Some never return. Therefore a proper restraining system protects the pup not only during but also immediately after the crash. 

What about distractions?

According to the NHTS, in 2020 distracted driving claimed 3,142 human lives and caused death or injury to thousands of furry passengers.

In fact, unrestrained animals are listed among top distractions, along with texting, eating or fumbling with the radio. Almost every dog owner admits that they have been distracted by their dog while driving.The bored pups often hop on the driver’s lap, interfering with the steering wheel or slip under the driver’s feet, accidentally blocking the brakes. The owners play with the dog, pet them, feed them, or try to restrain them using their hands. All while driving. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety warns that taking your eyes off the road for more than two seconds doubles the risk of an accident.  

Given the huge risks, why do only 16% of dog owners restrain their pet in the car? Our dogs are a part of our family. Why not protect them the way we protect other family members? 

There are many safe options to choose from, although veterinarians recommend pet car seats that allow the dog to lay down comfortably during a longer trip to protect their joints. Make sure that the car seat has the option to be secured with a seat belt and that it comes with a strap that attaches to the dog’s harness. 

It’s time to take your dog’s safety seriously. Learn more about the top rated pet car seat today.  

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