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11 August 2009 Issue

It Shouldn't Happen To A Dog!

DON'T let your dog travel unsecured in an open pickup truck bed. Dogs can't "hold on" the way humans can, and any sudden start, stop, or turn can toss your pet onto the highway. If the impact of hitting the road at a high speed doesn't kill him/her, oncoming traffic probably will.

There are other hazards to consider. Most dogs love the feeling of wind blowing past their ears at 60 mph, but that wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit into the animal's eye, which could cause permanent damage to the eye. Insects or flying debris can also lodge in the nasal passages or get sucked up into the windpipe.

It is safest to allow your dog to ride inside the truck cab, or leave him/her at home. If he/she must ride in the back of the truck, put the dog inside a crate that will give it some protection from the wind and weather, and tie the crate securely to the walls of the truck bed so it cannot slide or be tossed out of the truck.

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