Elderly pets are at greater risk for injury during travel because some may not react as quickly as a younger pet would if a vehicle stops short or is in an accident. Many animals, especially dogs, love driving in the car with their head out the window. This is not only unsafe but can put an animal at risk for serious injury. Today, there are many products available that can help secure a pet, similar to how a person is secured in a moving vehicle.
Tethers work similar to a seat belt. One end of the tether clicks into the seat belt buckle and the other end fastens to your pet’s harness. Never secure a tether to a pet’s collar because sudden stop can cause the pet to choke and break its neck. By securing the tether to the harness, the animal may become injured during a crash, but the harness combined with the tether will keep the animal from catapulting forward off the seat.
With a booster seat, the entire seat secures to the vehicle keeping the seat completely in place during sudden stops/starts or crashes. The pet is then secured to the seat with a clip – but the clip should be secured to a harness, not the pet’s neck collar. There are many videos that show the clip secured to a pet’s collar and if the vehicle suddenly stops, the animal can choke. Always tether an animal at the harness instead to avoid such injuries.
A backseat bridge helps fill the gap in the backseat between the front and back seats, creating a platform for the animal to land on in the event of a sudden stop or start, to prevent the animal from falling to the floor. A backseat bridge can make a pet feel more comfortable when traveling in a vehicle because it provides a flat surface for them.
Whatever pet travel solution you choose for your elderly pet, you can rest assured that your pet will feel more safe and secure when traveling in a vehicle.