Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Keeping Dogs Safe In Vehicles

Porky and Buddy

Dear Porky and Buddy,
Now that it’s almost summer, I wonder if you could say something about all the dogs I see riding in the back of pickup trucks. Sure, it looks like they are having a good time, but it can’t be safe. Is it even legal?


Dear Martha,
No one is going to get a ticket for having his big old black lab riding in the back of his truck.  Lots of things that are unsafe are legal.

Actually lots of things that are just plain stupid are legal, but we digress.

We all know that dogs love to feel the wind on their faces, but allowing them to ride in the bed of pick-up trucks or even just to stick their heads out of moving car windows is simply dangerous.

You wouldn’t do it with one of your kids (we hope) – don’t do it with a dog.

Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections.

Or what if someone in the car ahead of you throws a can out the window?  We know, that never ever happens around here, right?

Abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse, even for pets inside a vehicle if they are not secured!

Pets in cars and trucks should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them.

It’s not a matter of pampering your pets, not that we have any objection to that.

It’s a matter of keeping them safe.

And speaking of dogs in cars, now you can donate your car, boat, truck, RV, Jet Ski or snowmobile to OCHS and receive a tax deduction.

This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fundraising partner, Donation Line LLC at 877-227-7487.

Make sure to ask for us by name or our extension #3141 or you can go to www.donationline.com and just search for the Oswego County Humane Society and fill out the online form.

It’s fast, painless, and a good way to honor the fond memories of your vehicles and the pets who enjoyed them.

And you get that rusty heap full of dog fur out of your yard.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: [email protected]il.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.

1 Comment

  1. i cant beleave that I made it to 63yrs old, I rode in the back of pickups w/my dogs on the faem, never wore a seatbelt, never wore a helmet on motorcycle & still don’t in state’s that are free, did 2 tours in Vietnam & never wore a helmet, an drove tractor trailer with no seatbelt w/my dog next to me !!!!

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