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Keeping Pets Safe in the Car

By Colleen Williams
July 20, 2017 • 2 min. read
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You and your kids wear seat belts when riding in the car, but what about your furry loved ones? Accidents happen and we want to keep our pets safe when they’re traveling in the car too. Here are some suggestions for some pet travel safety gear to give you peace of mind:

Carriers: The safest way for your pet to travel in the car is secured in a pet carrier or crate. If you’re involved in an accident, your beloved pets stay contained instead of loose at the accident scene, and it can protect them from some injuries. There’s a slew to choose from: the tunnel crate for optimal fit, comfy soft crates, and the traditional kennel.

Doggy Seatbelts: These are great alternatives to pet parents whose dog likes to check out the scenery! They won’t give the protection like a crate, but will keep them restrained if you’re involved in a fender-bender (we really like the Solvit Vehicle Safety Harnesses). Also, they restrain over-eager pups from jumping in the drivers lap!

Car Safety Seats: Not just for little kids, there are car seats for your dog too! Booster car seats are great for the little dog that needs a lift to see out the window, whether that be in the front or back seats. They provides some protection in case there’s an accident by keeping your pup securely locked in. Plus most have covers that are easy to remove and machine washable. We found a ton on

Pet Auto Barriers: Not only will these pet backseat area barriers protect your dog, but they will keep you and your passengers safe too.

Please be proactive in practicing auto safety for your pets. If you don’t already use pet auto safety gear, go out and get something so your favorite furry friend is safe for the unexpected. For more travel tips, check out our blog on safe driving and flying with pets.

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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