When we get in the car it is only natural to buckle-in the kids then buckle-in yourself and hit the gas. Well, what about Fido? So often we grab our pup and jump in the car without even a second thought that they should be buckled in too.
I recently reached out to the Reddit community asking for stories and experiences about dogs involved in car accidents. I will be writing a series of posts (#whataboutfido) highlighting the responses and the importance of dog safety in the car.
The focus of the story today is about how dogs react immediately after an accident.
*Please note all names used in this article are fictitious for anonymity
I spoke with a Reddit user who stated that a friend (Michelle) had been in an accident with her two dogs (Barker and Biscuit). Luckily, no one was harmed in the accident but of course, everyone was shaken up. After Michelle pulled over, somehow Barker got out of the car through the window and was running around in the street scared and confused. Fortunately, Michelle was able to get Barker back to the car without any further incident.
Unrestrained dogs escaping after an accident is more common than you may think. A dog that has just been in an accident has no idea what is going on. They feel scared and their first reaction is to run from the situation that scared them.
Not only do we have to worry about the kind of injuries an unrestrained dog in a car accident can sustain we then have to think about the fact that they could possibly escape from the car afterward. (Too much stress if you ask me!) As the owner, who had just been in an accident, the dog running out of the car is the last thing on their mind.
In this story, Michelle was able to get Barker back in the car without any issues but others have not been so lucky. Witnessing your dog being hit by a car or running away after an accident is heart-wrenching and something no one should ever experience. Just being involved in a car accident is enough.
The solution to all these problems is a dog car seat also referred to as a dog restraint system for the car. A dog car seat will not only keep your dog safely restrained in the event of an accident, it will keep them in place afterward as well.
Car accidents are just that, accidents. They are unexpected and unplanned, but you don’t need to be unprepared. When it comes to dog safety in the car, it is better to be safe than sorry. Hopefully, you’re reading this and have never experienced anything like this- let's keep it that way!
A dog car seat is a one-time purchase that has so much more meaning than just a cute dog accessory. It can be a life-saving product for your beloved pet.
I will be posting these stories weekly! Our mission with this campaign is to raise awareness about dog safety in the car. Although, this topic may be unpleasant to think about it is important. Please share this story with others using the hashtag #whataboutfido and let’s get the word out to keep Fido safe!
Would you like to be part of the #whataboutfido campaign? Do you have a story to share that could help save lives? I would love to connect with you and feature you in an article! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.