Safety restraints are limited in their ability to protect your dog if you are involved in an automobile accident. If your insurance company offers pet coverage, the company will compensate you with a predetermined amount of veterinary care costs if your dog is injured while traveling. Pet coverage for dogs is not offered through all insurance companies.
Some insurance companies include pet coverage automatically with collision coverage, providing dog parents with between $500 and $1,000 toward vet costs if your dog is involved in an auto accident that is not your fault. Other companies cover some of your dog's veterinary bills even if the accident is your fault. Depending on the insurance company, a family or friend's dog may receive coverage if the dog is injured in an accident while in your car.
When traveling with your dog, you can follow several safety tips to ensure he is safe if you are involved in an automobile accident. Secure your dog to a dog car seat, suggests DMV.org. These are available at many pet supply stores. Do not let your dog sit in the front seat of your vehicle, even with a car seat. Additionally, do not let your dog stick his head out of the window while driving your vehicle.