Car Safety for Dogs

Does your dog get excited when you ask him if he wants to go for a ride? You’re not the only one! Many of our canine friends absolutely love going for car rides. When you’re out and about with your furry pal, you’ll want to be sure to always put Fido’s safety first. A local Lafayette, LA vet discusses car safety for dogs in this article.

Crate Training

We recommend keeping dogs crated, even for short rides. If Fido is allowed to roam around in the car, he could bump into the driver or step on power window controls, which would be very dangerous! He also wouldn’t be protected in case of an accident. Many manufacturers now make doggy barriers for vehicles. If you decide to try one of these, check safety ratings, and ask your vet for recommendations.

Long Distance Trips

Fido can make a great traveling buddy. If you’re going on a long trip, make sure to bring your canine friend’s paperwork with you. Your pooch should be microchipped, current on all his vaccinations and parasite control, and wearing current ID tags. Stop every few hours to let your furry pal get some fresh air and relieve himself. We also recommend bringing water from home, as strange water may upset your pet’s furry tummy. Last but not least, always confirm your dog’s accommodations in advance.


Just like people, Fido can get carsick. If your furry pal tends to get queasy in the car, always keep windows cracked, so he gets a steady flow of fresh air. Also, avoid giving your canine buddy large meals before taking him on a ride. Sometimes, taking a series of shorter rides can help our four-legged friends get used to riding in cars. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Never leave your canine friend unattended in a car. This is especially crucial in hot weather. On a stifling summer day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels within minutes. Even if you’re only planning to run in and out, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Fido will be much safer, and more comfortable, at home!

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Is Fido due for shots or an exam? Feel free to contact us, your Lafayette, LA animal clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!

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