It’s plain physics! Your Labrador, like any other passenger, could be seriously injured in a car crash.
Carmakers do offer solutions, including pet restraints, and some useful tips for travelling in a car with your dog.
Skoda has a seatbelt for dogs that attaches to the regular seatbelt. It comes in sizes from small to extra-large.
The Japanese carmaker, Subaru, has launched a campaign to encourage dog owners to strap their dogs in with a dedicated harness whenever travelling in the main cabin of a car. But, even this is not the safest solution, they say.
The safest is to place your dog in the boot inside a crate or behind an approved dog guard throughout the journey. According to the experts, this is the reason why:
“Unrestrained in a sudden impact of emergency stop, dogs can become ‘canine cannonballs’ with potentially fatal consequences for both the animal and other passengers – for example, at 30 mph a 32-kilo (66 lbs) Labrador or German Shepherd is thrown forward with the force equivalent to being hit by a baby elephant weighing 100 kilos (220 lbs).”
Just as you wouldn’t drive without your seatbelt fastened, don’t forget to either buckle-up or correctly transport your dogs when traveling by car.
And of course, never leave your dog unattended in the car, especially in hot weather. Less than 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog should its body temperature exceed 41°C.