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Let’s Go For a Ride

By Jenny Anderson

Special to Today’s News-Heralddogride

Some pet owners bring their dog with them where ever they go. We all occasionally take our pet along for a vehicle ride, and certainly must take them when making that trip to the veterinarian or boarding facility.  It is probably a good idea that we have outings with our pets often enough, so they don’t dread that occasional trip to the vet.  We may even be traveling with our pets for the upcoming holidays.  Hazardous winter driving conditions increase the potential for and accident.

When riding in the car, we do need consider our pet’s safety, just as we do our own.  Seatbelts are a must, but the pet may encounter dangers we have not even considered, especially in the front seat.  Even when it’s just a short trip avoid leaving your pet unsecured.  For safety,  follow this advice:

  • All pets need to be secured in some way, such as in a small crate or with a cushioned safety harness.  A net or metal barrier should be in place for larger animals kept in the back seats.  When we need to quickly stop (or experience a crash), an unsecured animal becomes a projectile—possibly injuring both human and pet.
  • Keep pets out of your lap.  They may distract the driver, get in the way of the steering wheel, or caught under the brake pedal when trying to make a sudden stop.
  • Any spot in a front seat is unsafe because of possible airbag deployment.  Riding “shotgun” can cause serious injury or death.  Airbags are too powerful for anything other than a full-sized human adult passenger.
  • Open windows are very tempting for a pooch.  They love the feel of wind and the outside scents.  If you want your dog to enjoy the outdoors while in the vehicle, use doggie goggles to protect his eyes.  Also, secure the pet with a restraint and keep the window up enough so the animal cannot fall out.
  • Never, ever put an animal in the bed of a pickup, where they might fall or be thrown out.
  • An animal left unattended inside a vehicle is at risk, too, especially in extremely warm or cold climates.  If the dog cannot come with you, please leave it safely at home.

We  all want our companion animals to be with us for many, many years, and these safety precautions help insure that will happen.

Adoptable animals will be available at the local PetSmart store as follows :

December 6th @ 10:00am to 1:00pm

December 7th @ 11:00am to 2:00pm

December 20th @ 10:00am to 1:00pm

The monthly Volunteer Orientation will take place December 13th @ 9:00am in the WAHS adoption facility conference room.  If you are interested in volunteering with WAHS, this session will acquaint you with all volunteer opportunities available.

The Western Arizona Humane Society is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with kennel hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 855-5083 for details. For found or lost pets, call 855-4111. View animals found at



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