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Pet Safety Reasons for Dogs to Wear a Pet Auto Seat Belt

My eldest dog, Sephi, has had almost seven years of experience riding in the car. And there have been a few times when I have had to stop quickly or swerve suddenly. Because she was wearing her seat belt, she did not fly forward and land on the floor or hit her nose on the back of the front seat. I recently heard from a friend of mine that their dog had to have surgery on their foot because of a sudden stop that sent her dog crashing to the floor of the car. Needless to say, my friend's dog now wears a dog car seat belt.

Driver Safety Reasons for Dogs to Wear a Pet Auto Seat Belt

I just recently got a new puppy named Maya. Like most puppies, she is full of energy. And because she is a puppy, we have had to make lots of visits to the vet for booster shots and other puppy issues. I can't imagine being able to safely drive her to the vet if she wasn't wearing her dog car seat belt. She would be trying to lick me or climb all over me while I was driving. If you think cell phones are a distraction, a cute puppy is even more so.

Driver & Passenger Safety Reasons for Dogs to Wear a Pet Auto Seat Belt

Imagine if you and a passenger were in a major wreck where your dog was sitting in the back seat without a restraint. No matter how small or how big the dog is, the dog could fly forward with tremendous impact. And if the dog is directly behind you or the passenger, imagine what that dog could do. The impact could kill not only the dog, but you or the passenger as well.

Other Solutions to Keeping Your Pet Safe While Traveling in the Car

Dog car seat belts are not the only product out there that can help protect you and your pet in the car. There are also pet auto barriers for vans and SUVs. These barriers keep the dog in the back of the vehicle. Should you stop suddenly, the dog may fly forward, but they won't hit you and they won't get thrown out the front windshield. Smaller dogs can use pet car seats. Most dog car seats have restraints like seat belts and they also provide your dog with comfort. And finally, you can always keep your dog in a crate. There are products out there that can keep the crate secure in the back seat of the car or in the back of a van or SUV.

Dogs can still enjoy a car ride with a pet auto seat belt on. Both my dogs get so excited when I get their dog car seat belts to put them on. So keep everyone in the vehicle safe while traveling. Seat belts and other safety restraints are a great idea for every passenger.