If you are out and about on the road this summer, you are likely to see dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks. But did you know that this seemingly harmless tradition can cause a dog to experience all sorts of injuries? In some cases, dogs can even pass away from the injuries that they sustain while riding in the back of a pickup truck. This is something that we should all be striving to avoid.
Allowing a dog to ride in the back of a pickup truck may seem like a great idea in the moment but it will only cause problems over the long haul. Dogs are not made to spend any length of time back there and it is time that we put a stop to these sorts of behaviors. The American Humane Society just issued a sobering statistic. Over 100,000 animals pass away each year because of this practice.
When pets ride in the back of a pickup truck, they are especially vulnerable to the bumps and bruises that they are going to sustain as a result of being jostled around. If an animal is going to be riding in the back of a pickup truck, there is no method that allows them to remain as secure as possible. That is why it is in our best interests to simply keep our pets inside of the vehicle at all times.
Humans are prone to accidents and in addition to these accidents, pets are also likely to leap out of the vehicle with very little provocation. This leads to a wide range of severe injuries that are typically fatal in nature. While the average dog is smart enough to avoid such things, this is not something that we should be depending on.
Who knows? The animal could believe that they are in danger and decide to jump in that moment. The force of the wind that they are being exposed to is also something that we need to be taking into account. The wind places a great deal of pressure on the lungs of a dog and keeps them from being able to breathe in the manner that they have become accustomed to.
We say all of that to say this: please stop leaving animals in the back of pickup trucks so that they are left at the mercy of the elements! Keep your animals safe this summer and take the time to pass this story along to your closest friends and loved ones as soon as possible.