Canine Care: 3 Car Safety Essentials For Your Furry Friend

Riding in the car is often a fun time for dogs. If your furry friend enjoys sticking his head out the window while you're driving down the road or sitting on the seat beside you when you're taking a trip, you need to provide the safety that the dog needs. There are a few essentials that you can look for in pet supply stores and online that will keep your dog safe and comfortable for trips of any length.

Car Seats And Belts

There are special seats and belts that you can get for your car that will keep your dog in one place. They are easy to install and remove when they aren't needed. Some restraints are in the form of a gate that is installed at the back of the car to keep your pet in one area instead of walking around while you're driving. A small seat is also an option. It usually has a belt that goes around the dog, keeping him from moving around while the car is in motion. This design is similar to a child's car seat but doesn't have the arms or buckles. Some restraints look like a harness that is attached to the seat belt in the car. In the event that you're in an accident and your dog is injured, you can seek help from an auto accident attorney for compensation for vet bills and other treatments for the dog.

Dog Pack

Make a pack for your dog with items that will make traveling comfortable. It should include a pillow or blanket, a toy or two, and bowls that can be used for food and water when you stop to stretch your legs. You can also include a bone or a treat for your dog to enjoy to take his mind off of being in the car for long distances. Some packs can be placed on the back of the driver's seat to act as a barrier in the event that you're in an accident or your dog slides off the seat when you brake, preventing him from hitting his head or legs.

Zip Line

A zip line is ideal for allowing your pet to roam around in the car while keeping him in one place. The line is placed along the top of the vehicle with the help of the handles that are located above the rear windows. The line will move in a similar fashion to how one would move in a yard when your pet runs back and forth.

Your dog likely enjoys being in a car. You want to provide safety measures that will keep your dog from getting injured. You also want to keep your dog occupied while in the car to keep his mind off of the movement of the vehicle.

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