Over 100,000 Dogs Lose Their Life Annually From Riding in Truck Beds
Dogs riding in truck beds isn’t a good idea some very compelling statistics proves it. American Humane say that more than 100,000 dogs die annually from accidents associated with riding in the back of a pickup truck.
If you unsecured transport a dog in the cargo area or truck bed of vehicles is at risk of injury as they can easily jump or are thrown from the vehicle, even if the dog is well-trained.
Steve Scherer of Quincy Animal Control told KHQA about the risks associated with having a dog riding in the back of a truck.
“The dog could see something and jump. Most dogs are smart enough not to, though, but I would worry about getting in an accident – the dog’s going to be a projectile then. I would also worry about a dog being tethered in the back of a truck because it could jump over the side of a bed and hang itself,” explained Scherer.
The weather is another serious problem, since they are exposed to the weather openly. The heavy winds experienced when the truck is in motion can put the dog’s lungs under pressure. The hot sun can heat the metal floor of a truck bed enough to burn a pet’s paw pads.
Some dog owners leash their dogs into the back of the truck but this can also cause additional problems. Many dogs have been strangled when tossed or bumped over the side of the truck and been left helplessly dangling.
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You may think that your dog is having a lot of fun riding in the back of a truck but canines can get spooked easily.
The unique way to keep your dog as safe as possible is to keep them up front with you. Or you might also want to consider leaving them at home.