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How to Determine the Effectiveness of Dog Safety Harnesses

 

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by Lorie Huston, DVM on August 24, 2013

Do you love to travel with your pets? You’re not alone. More than 50% of dog owners drive with our dogs at least once a month. Many people consider pets to be part of the family and include them when going on errands or road trips. And why not?

But there’s a disturbing side to this pet travel trend as well. Only 16% of us use some form of pet restraint when driving with our pets, despite the fact that 83% of us agree that an unrestrained pet in a vehicle can be dangerous.

Did you know that an unrestrained 80 lb dog traveling in a vehicle at 30MPH can yield over a ton of force (2400lbs) in a sudden stop or collision! Your beloved pet could become a projectile in an accident, flying through the air and injuring himself or any human passengers in the car.

But at the same time, many restraint devices do not provide the type of safety for our pets that we would or should expect from these products. The folks at Sleepypod have kindly provided the infographic featured below detailing how to evaluate the effectiveness of dog safety harnesses and crash test videos. I think you’ll find it useful.

Dog Safety Infographic

Do you use a pet safety harness or other type of device when you travel with your pet? We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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About Lorie Huston, DVM Lorie Huston is an accomplished veterinarian, an award winning blogger, a talented author and a certified veterinary journalist. She is available for writing assignments, blogging and social media consultation, and SEO strategy.

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