#1: Riding Unsecured or in your lap. If a sudden stop is necessary it can cost your dog’s its life ~ they will become a launched missile into the windshield, dashboard or back of the front seats. There are devices that hook your dog to the seatbelt and keep them safe.
#2: Riding with their head, or more, out the window. Yikes! Sudden stops have cost thousands of dogs their lives, or worse. Thousands are reported every year as having fallen out the window. Would you let your 2-3 year old freely hang out the window in the same fashion?
#3: Riding in the Bed of a Pick-Up unsecured. Are you crazy? Would you let your 2 yr. old toddler walk around in the bed of your truck while you’re speeding down the highway at 60 mph? Too many dogs have been thrown from the pickup, killed and caused accidents with other driver’s swerving to miss the dog just thrown to the road.
In California, and several other States, they have made it illegal with a hefty $10,000 fine if caught.
**Also riding in the passenger seat can deploy the air bag which can injure or kill your dog with it’s 200 mph force.
#4: Leave trapped in your dog in your car in Hot Weather. It only takes a few minutes for your car to heat up to deadly temperatures, even with windows ‘cracked open’. And many owners have returned to their cars only to discover their dog’s stolen [Laboratory’s pay high prices for dog’s used for experiments, still]! In some States now people can break your car window to save your dog’s life, if left alone in killer heat temperatures, and not get arrested or charged for destroying property.
FYI: Dogs do not sweat like humans. They cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws. A dog’s body temperature can climb from normal to deadly levels in as little as 15 minutes.
Warning Signs of Heat Stroke:
- Heavy Panting
- Lack of Coordination
- Profuse Salvation
- Rapid Pulse
- Red Gums and Tongue