It’s a well-known fact that if you travel with your dog, you should really have him in a pet crate or carrier. This applies to traveling in the car, and is mandated if your dog is traveling on a plane. The crate or carrier will help to keep your pet safe in the case of a car accident, right?
According to a new crash test study, that’s often not the case. An alarming number of pet crates and carriers failed to even stay in one piece during the crash test. Let’s take a look at the results of the test, and what you can do to keep your dog safe when you travel.
The Crash Test Study
The Center for Pet Safety conducted studies in 2015 on pet crate and pet carrier safety. The study examined how the crates and carriers held up in the event of a crash. Crash test dog dummies of varying weights and sizes were used to test the crates and carriers.
The results of the study were alarming. Many crates and carriers broke apart on impact, allowing the pets to become airborne inside the vehicle. Some crates and carriers broke loose from their harnesses, becoming airborne and endangering the pets inside.
Some crates and carriers did stand out due to their superior performance. The award for the top performing crate went to the Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps. Two carriers received the top performing carrier distinction: the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock, and the Pet Ego Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connection. Be sure to read the full results of the carrier study and the crate study.
Steps to Take to Keep Your Dog Safe
There are a number of ways that you can keep your dog safe while you’re traveling. If traveling by car or by plane, then consider purchasing one of the crates or carriers which were top performers in the above studies. Investing in a quality, proven safety crate or carrier for your pet helps to keep them secure in the event of an accident, and keeps them safely contained when on a plane.
If you’re driving with your pets in the car, keep your eyes on the road and make sure that you’re free of distractions. Don’t answer or use your cell phone while you drive, and focus on keeping both yourself and your dog safe. If you choose not to secure your dog in a crate or carrier, then make sure that he is secured some other way so that he can’t get into the front seat and distract you while you’re driving.
If you should get into an accident with your dog in the car, then have him examined by a vet that same day. Even if your dog appears to be completely fine, there are some injuries that may not be readily apparent. Getting your dog checked out can catch these serious issues early, and will leave you with the peace of mind that your dog is okay.
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