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Driving with your pet

May 31, 2017

Do you transport your pet safely?

Each year, countless companion animals are badly injured or even lose their lives because they weren’t properly restrained in a vehicle.

Whether riding in the back of a pickup truck or loose inside the vehicle, pets are at risk of injury or worse in the event of a car accident or sudden, unexpected swerves to avoid obstacles like potholes.

Drive with your pet in mind

The BC SPCA recommends pet guardians to keep their pets inside the vehicle, and use a secured crate or dog seatbelt to restrain their pets.

If an animal owner must transport a dog in the back of a truck, the BC SPCA recommends using a secured crate in the centre of the truck box or using short leads that are cross-tied to the dog’s harness to ensure safety from falling out of the truck, strangulation or death.

Think of their safety

Dogs restrained in the back of trucks with loose ropes or ties can accidentally hang themselves. Depending on the weather, exposing your pet to the elements can also lead to heatstroke or hypothermia.

Think of the cost

Your pet could fall or be thrown out, sustaining serious injuries or even death, leaving you with a broken heart and expensive vet bills. If your thrown pet causes a collision, you could be held responsible for any associated cost.

Think of the law

Section 72 of the Motor Vehicle Act prohibits the transport of an unsecured pet in the back of a pickup. If your pet is injured, you can be charged under the B.C. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

What is the best way to secure a pet in a vehicle?

Unrestrained pets are a major distraction to drivers and can cause vehicle collisions. In a crash, pets become flying objects and can cause serious injury to themselves and others.

Happy dog restrained in crate in the back of a truck

  • Put the dog inside the vehicle with you and use a secured crate or a dog seatbelt to restrain your pet.
  • If you must transport your pet in the back of a truck, the safest method is in a secured crate in the centre of your truck box.