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Published: Feb 28, 2012

It's well known that many dogs love riding in cars, but traveling with a canine companion is not as easy as just letting the dog hop in the car and push its nose out the window. reports that dogs should be properly secured in the vehicle, whether they are restrained by a harness and a seatbelt or in a crate.

"Even a low-speed crash can cause injury to unrestrained dogs," Dr. Kimberly May, a veterinarian and director of professional and public affairs at the American Veterinary Medical Association in Illinois, told the news source. "There are all kinds of prominences inside a car, so depending on what structures they hit, dogs can suffer broken ribs, broken legs or eye injuries."

VCA Animal Hospitals reports that dogs who are nervous about riding in cars can be trained to get used to the idea. They may be nervous if the only time they travel in the car is to go to the vet for dog vaccinations or medical checkups. Being restrained may make dogs nervous initially, but familiarizing them with the restraints or a crate you plan to use outside of the car before bringing them into the vehicle can help ease their anxiety.