DOGS AND OPEN CAR WINDOWS

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DOGS AND OPEN CAR WINDOWS

Postby Blustag » Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:15 pm

Allowing your dog to let it stick its head out the window is a very dangerous habit. Their eyes are exposed to dirt, rocks, dust and other debris. These materials can easily puncture and scratch your dog's eyes. A line of pet goggles have come out which are to help prevent these types of injuries. However, even if you can train your dog not to paw them off his head, there are still many other dangers when your dog's head is out the window while driving.

Damage to the ears is another big concern. When the dog's ears flap in the wind, his soft earflaps (pinnae) can easily become irritated, swell and become very tender. The constant and rapid flapping of the pinnae against your dog's head from high-speed winds causes trauma to the ear and results in swelling. Repeated trauma such as this can cause lifelong problems for your pup.

Allowing your dog to stick its head out the window can also lead to more severe outcomes, such as falling out of the car or getting his head stuck in the window opening. Taking a turn a bit too fast, traveling over bumpy terrain or an overly excited pup can cause your dog to lose balance and easily fall out of the window. These types of incidents occur more frequently than one might imagine and can cause severe injury or death to dogs.

With your dog's head out the window, its eyes are exposed to dust, dirt, rocks and anything else that gets kicked up by your car and others on the road. Allowing your dog to stick its head out of the window while you drive leaves your dog's eyes exposed to possible scratches or punctures.

Even if you've gone so far as to purchase goggles for your dog and spent weeks training it not to slide them off with its paw, there are still other dangers that remain when your dog's head is out the window during driving. The soft ear flaps -- called pinnae -- can swell and become tender from flapping in the wind [source: PFD]. The repeated and rapid flapping of the pinnae against your dog's skull from high-speed winds actually causes trauma to the ear; blood pools in the ear flaps, which can cause painful swelling. After repeated trauma, the soft tissue in the ears can scar, causing lifelong problems for your pooch.





­Despite the seeming biological imperative of every dog that's ever ridden in a car to stick its head out the window, it's actually a harmful habit.

Before the 1920s, automobiles commonly lacked windshields. Although cars back then were comparatively slow by today's standards -- the 1920 Ford Mode­l T topped out at 45 mph (72 kph) -- drivers of cars without windshields wore goggles to protect their eyes [source: Automobile Magazine]. Now that windshields come standard on all vehicles, everyone inside is protected from debris and other road hazards. That's great, but you shouldn't try sticking your head out the window going 55 mph (89 kph) down the highway

Of course, the worst possible outcome from allowing your dog to stick its head out the window while you drive is falling out of the car at high speeds. Dogs can slide through some tight spaces; look no further than the closest home doggie door for proof. A head stuck out of the window can easily lead to falling out the window if you encounter bumpy terrain or some other jarring road obstruction. A spill can cause broken bones, internal injuries and worse if other cars can't brake in time to avoid hitting your pet.
Your dog can also be hit by passing trucks or overhanging branches, the list is endless.

All of this adds up to another conclusion: It's a bad idea to allow your dog to ride in the bed of a pickup truck. All of the dangers of sticking its head out the window from inside the car are increased, since the bed of a pickup offers little or no protection from wind, debris, or falls. On top of that, a pickup's metal bed can reach dangerous temperatures on a hot day, which can cause damage to the soft tissue on a dog's paws.

Ultimately, the best place for your dog to ride is secured inside the cabin of the vehicle. Crating your dog or purchasing a special car seat that restrains it like a small child is the best way to make sure you and your pooch arrive at your destination happy and healthy.
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Re: DOGS AND OPEN CAR WINDOWS

Postby Annie-Hyena » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:20 pm

I'm glad that Tamriel likes to keep her head firmly inside the car! I do strap her in, but she never puts her head out the window! Which is very useful because my car doesn't have air-co, so I have to have the windows down!
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Re: DOGS AND OPEN CAR WINDOWS

Postby Blustag » Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:36 am

If people want to have their windows open there are plastic vents especially for car windows to stop dogs putting their heads out. They are usually black or white and very easy to use and fold up small. Well worth getting. Also stops people
putting their hands in. You can prob find them on amazon. ;) Safety harnesses for dogs are also worth using.
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Re: DOGS AND OPEN CAR WINDOWS

Postby Blustag » Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:38 am

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