Don’t Let Your Dog Stick His Head out the Car Window

When your dog sticks his head out a car window, his eyes may be injured by flying debris.

When traveling by car, most dogs can’t resist sticking their head outside the car window and enjoying the sights and smells.  However, there are several reasons this practice is actually unsafe for your dog.

First, if the window is open far enough for your dog to stick his head out, it is possible for him to fall out of the open window.  An excited dog may even jump out through the car window to chase an enticing object.

As most people can tell by a quick look at the little dings on their car, road debris is everywhere.  A dog’s eyes may be injured by road debris such as dirt and small rocks, as well as larger objects outside the car window such as low-hanging trees. Additionally, the flapping of the ears from high-speed wind can irritate or damage the sensitive ear flaps.

Try just cracking the window to allow your dog to enjoy the intoxicating outside scents from the safety of the car.  You can open your car windows completely if your pet is safely confined in a carrier or dog car booster seat.   If you cannot resist allowing your dog to stick his head out the window, you can help protect his eyes with special doggie goggles.

Do you allow your dog to stick his head out the car window?

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  • Jan Dobens says:

    I do not because of those facts. I am a very cautious mommy

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  • Richard Baney says:

    It also drys the tears of the eye out rapidly and eventually can tear the retina of the eye, when he retreats and scratches the eye area to relieve his dry eyes. Dogs can also get cataracts from staring into the sun. Keep your dog healthy for life.

    Dick Baney & Winston

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