Dogs and Cars

Most dogs lack even the simplest common sense. So it’s not unreasonable to assume they lack road sense too. Dogs and roads should always be kept separate wherever possible, but If the unthinkable does happen then there are some things we should all know.

Before I get to the how to section it’s important to mention that there are some laws regarding traffic accidents and they apply to collisions with dogs.

If a driver of a vehicle hits a dog, they are legally obliged to stop and stay on the scene until the authorities arrive. If you see a driver leave the scene of an accident without stopping, try to get their registration number as they have broken the law.

In the worst case scenario, if a dog has been hit by a car, it’s important to seek professional assistance immediately. As soon as it is safe to do so try to reach the animal and assess its condition. The next thing to do is to get a vet on the phone. There are a number of services available and we will include a list of numbers at the foot of this article, but getting immediate professional advice could be the difference between life and death.

Remember an injured dog is likely to be in shock and it is important to keep it warm. Use coats and jumpers and anything at hand to wrap around the dog to keep its temperature up. A wounded dog is probably going to be scared and it may bite to protect itself, so be careful when approaching, if there are other people present a team effort might be the best way to secure a wounded animal.


If it is safe to do so, try and move the dog out of the road towards safety, but if possible seek the advice of a vet first.

Dogs are pretty hardy little critters and it may be possible that they’ve only suffered minor injuries, but a dog that’s been hit by a car should always see a vet in case there are any internal injuries.

Of course prevention is always easier. By following these simple rules will lessen the chance of your dog suffering from such a horrible ordeal.

  1. Always keep your dog on a lead by the side of a road.
  2. Make sure you have perfect recall with your dog or that it obeys a simple STOP command.
  3. If you have a garden, make sure it is escape proof
  4. . In winter and at night ensure your dog has a high viz collar or even a light.

If the worst does happen and you witness a dog being killed by a car, make sure you report the incident to the police just in case the owner isn’t present. We can’t protect our pets 24/7 and it’s better to know if dog has been killed than to worry about it forever.

Stay safe.
If you’re in London you can all Vetsafe 24 hours a day on
020 7794 4948
Or try the RSPCA who have a 24 vet assistant service online


This blog post is purely ment to be helpful advice. as we are not vets and this info is not intended, in any way, to take the place of the advice from your Vet. If you have concerns please contact your vet or Vetfone


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