Car Rides With Fido

Does your dog like to go out and about with you? Many of our canine pals love going on car rides! It’s fine to take your four-legged friend out on the town, but be sure to put Fido’s safety first. Here, an Orleans County, NY vet discusses taking your pup for a ride.

Travel Safety

We recommend that dogs always travel crated: it’s much safer! If Fido isn’t restrained, he may accidentally knock into you while you are driving. Needless to say, this can be very dangerous! Pups can also get into trouble with power windows: your furry pal could step on the control, and raise or lower the window. If you don’t have a crate, look into doggy barriers. These will not offer your canine buddy much protection in case of an accident, but they will at least keep him out of the driver’s way. Ask your vet for more information.


Our furry friends love to put their heads out the window. We know, this is cute, but it’s really not safe. Fido could get insects, dust, pollen, or pebbles in his eyes, nose, or mouth, and could get hurt if you stop suddenly. Keep the windows up, or just slightly cracked.


While many dogs absolutely love car rides, others get queasy in moving vehicles. If your canine companion gets carsick, keep the window cracked, so he always has fresh air flowing towards him. You can also work on getting your pup used to going for drives. At first, just sit with Fido in a parked, running car. Then, start taking him for short rides around the block. Gradually increase the distance and duration of the rides.

Long Distance Trips

Going for a longer ride? Remember to pack a bag for the pooch! Fido will need food, treats, toys, bedding, water, and, of course, waste baggies. If your canine friend takes medication or supplements, bring those as well. Along the way, stop regularly to let your dog relieve himself and stretch his legs.


Never, ever leave your pet in the car by himself. Temperatures in a closed vehicle can reach deadly levels in just minutes! If Fido can’t go inside with you at your destination, leave him safe and sound at home.

Please contact us, your Orleans County, NY animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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