There are so many ways that pets can be harmed by vehicles. Some of these even I never knew were a hazard until I saw them. See if you can list all 22 vehicle dangers. Please comment below and share your experience with other pet lovers if you have had to learn the hard way about VEHICLE DANGERS!

1.2 Vehicle Dangers

First and foremost, pets are almost never on leash when motor vehicle trauma happens. Most of the pets we see are young but we see plenty of old dogs also getting hit by cars. The same way that a parent will hold its toddler’s hand when they’re near dangers like traffic, pets need their parents to keep them safe as well.

Leash your pet

If you’re in an area where there are vehicles, have your pet on a leash. Dog or cat, doesn’t matter. Leashes are really there to protect our pets. Make sure that the leash, collar and/or harness are securely fastened and that your pet can’t slip out of it.

Teach pets to not run into the streets

Teach them as much as you can about traffic and the importance of staying on the sidewalk in the crosswalks, stopping before you reach a street and even with the most perfectly trained pet, don’t ever let your guard down.

Always check under and behind your car

When you’re backing in and out of the driveway, always check behind your car and underneath and make sure that there’s nobody hiding in your blind spot. Drive very slowly and roll the window down so that you can hear everything.

Pets roaming the neighbourhood close to home are frequently hit

Make sure that if you’re leaving your pet outside, that they have a fenced yard and that the fence is functional at all times.

Check fences for holes

Check the fences regularly for any halls or weaknesses.


The major thing that you need to remember is that pets are like toddlers – they don’t understand that vehicles are dangerous and they need you, the adults in their life, to make sure that they are safe around vehicles and while riding in a vehicle.

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Here are the 3 best pieces of advice from the emergency vet that could save your pet’s life:


If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, “when in doubt, check it out!”


Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (such as toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at 8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.


Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners’ ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.

**REMEMBER**: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, with the best interest of the patient as everyone’s first priority. Let your vet do what he/she does best, and don’t try to grab the steering wheel and obstruct your vet from doing his/her job. We are all in the same car, we are all headed to the same place, but only one of us has the driver’s license (meaning, only the vet has the medical training and background to “drive the car”).

Please remember to spay/ neuter your pet, and to donate to your local animal shelter- they really need your help!


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