Car Safety For Frenchies

Car Safety For Frenchies

There’s nothing like the call of the open road, the blue sky ahead, and your dog on the seat next to you. And many Frenchies love to travel with their humans.  What a lovely picture, right? Just you and the dog, on a road trip.  But before you venture out, you need to be aware of car safety for Frenchies. To this day, people everywhere still ride with their dogs roaming loose in the car, but the unfortunate fact is that they’re placing both themselves and their four-legged friends in unnecessary danger each time they pull out of the driveway.

Don’t believe me? To be specific, here are the main hazards that might arise if your Frenchie isn’t restrained properly in the car.

• Danger from airbags. Vehicle airbags are meant to protect passengers much larger than your dog – the force of an airbag going off during a collision could terribly injure or even kill your pup.
• Loose pets can be distractions or hazards to the diver, especially if they bark, jump around, or climb onto the driver while the car is moving.
• Heaven forbid an accident should happen, your best doggie friend could become an unwitting canine projectile, either receiving serious injury themselves or harming other passengers.
• Your pup may be able to escape through windows if an accident does happen, and may either run away or be at risk of being hit by another car.
• Some dogs, especially if injured or hurt in an accident, might interfere with the help emergency personnel might be trying to give to human passengers.
• Finally, in almost every state, if your pet causes you to crash, know that it’s actually a violation covered under distracted driving laws.

So what are the best ways to keep both the human and canine passengers safe in the car? Well, although there are lots of different products on the market, the best choice for your Frenchie is probably a sturdy crate or a travel restraint harness for dogs.

If a crate is your ideal choice, then choose one that’s the perfect size for your dog (not too big), and secure it using your car’s seatbelt. Some cars or vans even have metal floor anchors which can really come in handy for this purpose. A blanket and chew toy can be good for a snooze or some distraction while the car is moving.

A doggie seatbelt harness is, by far, the better option. The best kind of harness for protecting is a SolvIt three-point restraint system, which should be well fitted, with wide, padded straps (especially the strap running down the center of your pup’s chest), and multiple attachment loops to tether your pup. This helps to distribute weight more evenly in case of a crash. Secure your pup using the a seatbelt or car anchor – a tether no more than two or three feet long is probably best, since it allows your pup to move around, but limits their momentum in the case of an accident.

Puppies are best restrained with a front-facing Pupsaver® seat

Remember to stop often for potty breaks for your pup, and don’t forget to offer them a drink, too. Consider keeping your car windows closed if you can – dust and other debris can fly into your Frenchie’s eyes (which are already prone to issues) at high speeds. And finally, never leave your pup alone in a parked car, even in the shade – heat inside can build up to dangerous heights in minutes.

With these car safety for Frenchies in mind, we hope that your next road trip with your Frenchie will be a safe, fun and happy one.

 

Here’s a important video that the Center for Pet Safety needs for all dog owners to see.  Please share this, to get the word out:

And Pupsaver® safety instructions for pups: