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A report from AAA Colorado says, “An unrestrained 10 pound dog has an effective weight of 500 pounds in a crash at 50 mph.” A pet running loose in the car can easily distract the driver and cause an accident. An estimated 30,000 accidents each year are caused by unrestrained pets....
Should Your Pet Buckle Up? by Connie Peters

A report from AAA Colorado says, “An unrestrained 10 pound dog has an effective weight of 500 pounds in a crash at 50 mph.”

A pet running loose in the car can easily distract the driver and cause an accident. An estimated 30,000 accidents each year are caused by unrestrained pets.

Buckling up your pet may conjure up a comical image of Lucky sitting on his bottom with his legs sticking out, a belt firmly fastened around his pudgy middle. But of course that’s not the case. There are several ways to secure your pet according to its size and temperament.

Pet Harness
Cloth straps, some fleece-lined, fit comfortably over the pet’s shoulders. They come in different sizes, accommodating pets up to 110 pounds. Harnesses attach to seat belts and can be fastened to leashes for walking. Owners report their pets are happy to wear the harness, eager to go for a walk or a drive.

Pet Carrier
Many pets feel more secure in a carrier, either hard or soft shelled, than they do roaming loose in the car. Secure the carrier in the middle of the back seat. “Kennel train your pet when it is young,” says Veterinarian Shane Cote of Montezuma Vet Clinic of Cortez, CO. “And instead of purchasing multiple carriers, buy one big enough to accommodate your pet when it’s grown.”

Car Barrier
In a large vehicle, pet barriers keep the pet in the back of the vehicle.

Crate
Large pets can be contained in pet crates, tied in so they won’t slide around.

When traveling, securing your pet in a harness, carrier or crate will give both humans and pets peace of mind.

Connie Peters has 27 years of writing experience. She and her husband live in Southwest Colorado, have two children, and host two adults with developmental disabilities.