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Car Manufacturers Urge Dog Owners To Strap Their Dogs In When Travelling In Cars!

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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.

Car Manufacturers Urge Dog Owners To Strap Their Dogs In When Travelling In CarsTracey Brookland/Facebook

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.

 

Source: AutoEvolution