A few weeks ago Felicia Drexel, who is pet mom to an adorable paraplegic Dachshund named Buttercup, shared an important story on our Facebook page about the top crash proof harnesses to protect your dog when you travel. The article was titled Crash Test Doggies: Prevent Your Pet from Becoming a Projectile. The focus of the story, which was written by Dr. Pippa Elliott, DVM, talks about the need to restrain dogs while they are traveling with us in our cars because too many pets and their family members are injured or killed in the event of a crash. Dogs that are allowed to move about freely in a car can literally become moving projectiles.
Dr. Elliot’s article also points out that many of the restraints on the market failed in a test that was conducted by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) and did little to protect pets or their people. She lists the ones that held up best in a crash and she helps pet owners determine the most effective restraints and carriers for the size and weight of their dog.
You can read the entire story at: Crash Test Doggies.
When Felicia shared the story she said, “I personally believe that car safety is that much more important in regards to dogs with physical disabilities like paralysis. There are many car seats for dogs on the market, but it’s vital to use them in the backseat because even crashes at 25 mph can result in front passenger seat airbag deployment. Don’t let a minor car accident kill your dog because they aren’t safely restrained in the backseat.”
Car Safety from HandicappedPets.com
HandicappedPets.com has a number of travel safety harnesses that are designed to keep immobile dogs safe in the car. When I reviewed them I was happy to find out that each of them have a way to attach to the interior of the car with a clip or strap. That was the most important feature recommended by the CPS car seat study.
Crash Proof Car Harnesses to Protect Your Dog at HandicappedPets.com
Walkin’ Front Safety Harness with Heavy Duty Metal Clip – This is a strong and durable high-intensity nylon webbed harness that can hold back 2,500 lbs. It fits like a walking harness and can be used for that purpose as well as being secured with a seat belt and metal clip to the back seat or cargo area of your vehicle. It is easy to use and comes in a 3 sizes that fits dogs from 25-110 lbs.
Hold A Dog Harness & Seat Belt – This tough harness is for dogs that range in size from teacup with a neck size of 6”-9” all the way up to large dogs with a 19”-21” neck. It’s a comfortable harness with a handle for lifting and supporting your dog that also laces through your car’s seatbelt to keep your dog in place.
Pet Travel Hammock – The hammock attaches to the headrests of the front and back seats of your car. It protects paraplegic dogs by letting them comfortably lie inside the interior walls of the hammock. A dog safety belt locks your dog in place.
Click Here to read: Abandoned and Paralyzed Turned Buttercup Into a Little Genius
Other Top Rated Safety Harnesses
The CPS study found the most reliable harnesses for able-bodied dogs were:
- The Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness
- Ruff Rider Roadie
- Kurgo Tru-Fit
- Pet Buckle
- Guardian Gear
The CPS study also tested crates for dogs and found the ones that are built to attach directly to the interior of your car provide the best protection. The Variocage crate had the best crash-tested safety standards. The study did not test barriers, but recommends using those with a metal grill.
Here is a CPS crash-test video for you to see:
Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post, but Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog has an affiliate relationship with HandicappedPets.com.