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Use car restraints. "Protect your puppy when he's riding in the car by using an airline-approved travel crate or safety harness designed for dogs. Never let your.. dog ride unprotected in the open bed of a pickup truck [or lean out the window of a car]...

Always ensure ID is on your dog. "Don't forget that all-important collar, leash, and ID tag. Microchip implants.." (Bertram, Susan. "Your Puppy's Health." Dog Fancy, Feb 2004, 38-39).

"Keep dogs in the back seat... A K9 official was telling me about a dog that was in the front seat, restrained, and the vehicle got in just a minor mishap. The air bags were engaged, and the dog broke its neck and died" (Allspach, beth. Letter. Dog Fancy, Dec. 2003, 10).

seat belts

"..going with a restraint poses dangers to dogs and drivers alike. In the vent of a sudden stip or crash, a dog can become a flying projectile that can injure you, crash through a windshield, or slam with bone-breaking force into the dashboard or seatbacks.

"In addition, a terrified and battered dog who's just survived a crash may, if unrestrained, leap into oncoming traffic or become lost in unfamiliar surroundings...

"The best form of protection is a crate, securely strapped or, better yet, bolted down to keep it from shifting... a doggie seat belt is our recommended alternative.

"Dogs should ride in the rear seat whenever possible, well away from airbags. Passenger-seat airbags can maim or kill a dog" (Holland, C.C. "(Seat) Belt Your Dog." Whole Dog Journal, Feb. 2004: 16-19).

"Before you leave on your trip, call an animal hospital at your destination for an update on health issues facing dogs in that area... Some areas of the country are "hot spots" for fleas, ticks, Lyme disease, heartworm, poisonous snakes, thorny plants, car traffic, and even predatory animals" (T.J. Dunn, Jr. "Safe Summer Travel." Dog World. June 2004: 15).

Colby Glass, MLIS