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Excited Dogs and Open Car Windows Don’t Mix

It's May Day, and the weather is good almost everywhere in America. Few things are more fun on a warm, sunny day than a road...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  May 2nd 2010


It’s May Day, and the weather is good almost everywhere in America. Few things are more fun on a warm, sunny day than a road trip with the dog. And since the weather is nice, why not roll those windows down?

It turns out that your car’s air conditioning may be a safer option. Dogs jump from moving cars with alarming regularity. Jumping from a car that’s moving at 30 miles per hour isn’t that different from being hit by the same car.

Below is a radiograph (X-ray) of a wonderfully sweet Standard Poodle that jumped from a moving car. The clients thought the opening in the window wasn’t large enough for the dog to get through. Unfortunately, he managed to fit.

Remember that a motivated dog can squeeze through a very small space. I roll the windows down far enough for Buster’s snout to fit through, but no more. I encourage you to do the same.

The good news for the dog in the radiograph is that the broken femur is his only major injury and he will live. The bad news is that the surgery to fix it will be expensive and the recovery will be long and painful.

Don’t let this happen to your dog. Keep the car windows rolled up.