Sedating a dog for travel

Until you spot something that puts a knot in your stomach — someone’s dog is freely riding in the bed of their pickup truck.Not only that, but also you see the driver look down to switch the radio station, only to swerve away from the curb after looking back up. There must be a law against something like this, right?

Dear Dog Lady, Over the holidays, I will be driving a long distance with my 7-year-old female pug.

If it’s forceful enough to crack a windshield, there’s no doubt it can harm a dog’s eyes, nose or even lungs if it’s breathed in.

Of course, there are also more obvious consequences, like a dog being thrown from the truck (or being slammed against the back of the cab) if the driver slams on the brakes or swerves.

This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice.

She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery.

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