Traveling with an unsecured family dog in the back of a pickup truck can be very dangerous for your furry friend and in the State of Washington it is illegal. Many dogs are killed each year after falling, jumping or being thrown out of moving pickups. Survivors can sustain serious injuries such as fractures and severe road rashes. Amputations are not uncommon.
If your canine friend has to be transported in the bed of a pickup truck keep him as safe as possible. If a tether is used, keep it short and secure it in the middle of the truck bed right behind the cab. The tether should be short enough so your pet can’t leave the bed of the pickup. The other option in moderate weather would be a crate that is secured well enough so it can’t slide and bang around.
At the Affordable Animal Emergency Clinic dogs are brought to us every year that have been seriously injured by jumping out of moving trucks. It’s a very sad situation. The suffering these dogs experience could be prevented if we all took the necessary precautions. Please secure your pets to safeguard them!