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Not all pet carriers and crates advertised as safe for travel perform well in crash tests, according to a new study released today.
Lindsey Wolko had just adopted a new dog. She had crates in her car for her other dogs, but no way to secure Maggie, so she stopped at her local pet retailer to purchase a safety harness for her. A couple of months later, when she had to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident, Maggie, wearing her harness, was badly injured.
There is a huge difference between hunters transporting multiple hunting dogs, and show/agility/etc people transporting multiple dogs for competition and the family pet owner. The former, usually have vans, RVs, or other vehicles that they have specially designed for safely transporting multiple dogs on a regular basis. The family pet owner usually only transports their pets to and from the vet – not many families travel long distances by car anymore – the family vacation is usually by air. Few families are going to opt for a $400 dog crate to take Fido or Fluffy to the vet. Yes, most accidents occur within a few miles of the family home, but these are rarely the high speed horrific ones. In those, nearly no one ever survives, no matter how safe the car or how its occupants are restrained.
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It’s long been recommended that smaller pets travel in body harnesses or soft carriers that interface with a car’s shoulder belt, or in a travel carrier or crate, for larger dogs. Those options keep pets in place during normal driving, reducing distractions. And in case of an accident, it was believed they might reduce the likelihood of pet injury.For instance, some dogs takes a longer time to adjust to crates especially if they’re used to just sitting in the car when they’re traveling with their pet owners.So the Center for Pet Safety became the first to independently test harnesses, carriers and crates using rigorous standards and simulated crash tests, similar to methods used to evaluate child-safety seats. They even created life-size crash-test dummy animals, ranging from small to large. In exhaustive tests on a broad sampling, most of these products failed.1. Secure your pet – whether a harness, carrier or crate, securing your pet while in the car is crucial for the safety of both your pet and the occupants of the car. As tempting as it is to have your pet curl up in your lap while you drive, it is putting both you and your pet in harm’s way. A sudden stop, even at low speeds, can seriously hurt your pet as well as other passengers in the car if your pet is not secured in a harness or confined in a crate.