It’s time for a nice drive. You just open the sun roof, roll down the windows or lower the roof on your convertible and you're off. You two make quite a pair, the wind sailing through your hair and woofy. Your woofy looks pretty happy, head sticking out the window, jowls and ears flapping in the breeze, a string of drool trailing back onto the windshield of the car behind you. It may look like fun, but allowing your dog to ride with his/ her head out the window can be harmful, if not outright dangerous.
With your dog's head out the window, its eyes are exposed to dust, dirt, rocks and anything else that gets kicked up by your car and others on the road. Allowing your dog to stick its head out of the window while you drive leaves your dog's eyes exposed to possible scratches or punctures.
There are still other dangers that remain when your dog's head is out the window during driving. The soft ear flaps -- called pinnae -- can swell and become tender from flapping in the wind . The repeated and rapid flapping of the pinnae against your dog's skull from high-speed winds actually. causes trauma to the ear; blood pools in the ear flaps, which can cause painful swelling. After repeated trauma, the soft tissue in the ears can scar, causing lifelong problems for your woofy.