Dogs Get Injured in Car Accidents Too - Use a Car Seat
Today, research and statistics have helped us to understand the risks of driving on the road, so as a society, we now take the proper precautions to protect ourselves: seat belts, air bags, insurance, etc. But, what kind of protection are we providing for our pups? The answer: not enough; we're still stuck in that 70s mentality.
Car accidents happen every day. Make sure that you protect you and your dog from the potential danger.
Can Seat Belts and Air Bags Protect My Dog?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, "Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34 in the U.S." Luckily, years of research has allowed car companies to refine the protection that a seat belt can offer. In fact, "[Today] seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%." Using an airbag in combination with a seatbelt reduces the likelihood of injury and death even further. However, seatbelts and airbags that have been designed for humans are not designed to protect a dog's body.
Will My Car Insurance Cover My Dog?
It all depends on the insurance company that you are using. Many companies- like State Farm- will make you pay out of pocket for your pet's injuries, while other companies -like Progressive- actually offer pet injury coverage as part of their collision package. To be sure if your policy covers your pets, check with your specific insurance provider. While including your pets on the insurance is great, none of this protection is as good as the preventative protection you can offer your pup.
The Jumbo Tagalong is one of the best dog car seats on the market today
Using a Dog Car Seat is the Smartest Move
Today, manufacturers are now offering seat belts and car seats
that are actually designed for dogs. These tools help to keep your dog safe in case you slam on the brakes or get in a car accident.
Unfortunately, most people do not utilize the tools that can end up saving their dog's life even though car accidents have been proven to be a leading cause of death. In a recent study by AAA and Kurgo, "Eighty-three percent of respondents acknowledge that an unrestrained dog in a moving car can be dangerous, but only 16 percent currently use a restraint." It has become so much of a problem that states like Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, and New Jersey have even implemented dog restraint laws for driving. Studies have shown the importance of restraints for both humans and dogs, so why wouldn't you protect your beloved dog?
Dog Car Seats will keep your dog from roaming around the car, falling out of the window, getting injured from debris while sticking his head out of the window, becoming a projectile during an accident, and will cut out the distractions that significantly increase the chances of you getting in a car accident in the first place!
At Pet Street Mall, we have a variety of Dog Car Seats and other dog supplies that will help you protect your pooch from all of life's dangers.
By: Tim Snyder