Dog Restraints = High Failure Rate Per Recent Study

The Center for Pet Safety recently released the results of a study performed on the effectiveness of dog restraints used in vehicles and the results were disappointing.

The study was performed in 2011 and found a 100% failure rate for all of the large-dog restraints it tested.  Not one of the restraints that were tested were effective for protecting dogs or humans in the event of an automobile crash.  The researchers reported that in addition to being unlikely to survive the auto accident, the dogs also became a threat to the humans inside the vehicle as the dog’s body became a missle within the vehicle.  The restraints were also found to potentially harm the dogs by choking or squeezing them when the harness tightened during a crash.

The Center for Pet Safety is currently working with Subaru to establish testing criteria for canine restraints.  Once their work is complete they will be able to advise restraint manufacturers how to better design and test their products.

The vets at Cottage Lake Vet hospital recommend that all pets be contained in a solid sided pet carrier rather than a harness while being transported in a vehicle.  This will improve the safety for you, your dog or cat should you be involved in an automobile accident.

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