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Is it safe for your dog to travel in a plastic pet carrier? There is no formal testing. But think about this, if you are in a car accident would you rather your dog get tossed around the entire car and possibly escape the wreck and get lost or hit? Or would you rather he get tossed around in a smaller enclosure, such as his pet crate?
If the pet carrier is strapped in, there is likely to be less tossing about. And he is prevented from flying forward and injuring the people passengers or from flying through the windshield. Kennel restraints made from the same webbing as the seat belts of cars is a very good way to secure your dog’s carrier in the car. Riding in a dog crate secured with kennel restraints also helps to prevent your dog from being a distraction to the driver.
For the longest time, we only had wire pet cages available. But now we’ve finally found a supplier for plastic pet carriers. Keeping your dog in a plastic pet crate while he is traveling in the car is safer than using no car restraint at all. Plus it has the added benefit of providing your dog with a comfortable place to rest.
Many dogs like the secure feeling of a ‘den’. If your dog is already crate trained but doesn’t like the car, he may have less anxiety if he rides in his crate while in the car. Plus you can put his dog bed in the carrier along with his favorite toys.
If your dog is in a plastic pet crate, he won’t get tossed around as much in the car as he would if he were not in a carrier. For additional safety, plastic pet carriers can be strapped in with the kennel restraints from Pet Buckle.
We currently have two plastic carrier styles – the Sportsman’s Choice which is brown over hunter green and the Protective portable dog kennel which is khaki over maroon for the smaller sizes and solid khaki for the larger sizes. We will also be getting in Precision brand pet crates sometime over the next week or two, and possibly another more colorful brand.
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Visit ASPCA.org for some great pet car travel tips. They advise several safety features for your dog including securing them in a well-ventilated pet carrier, not letting your dog stick his head out the window, and not leaving your dog unattended in the car. These are lots of great tips for pet car travel, many of which we have also stressed. Two differences:
1) The pet carrier should be secured in the car. Kennel straps from Pet Buckle are a great way to do this. The kennel straps from Pet Buckle have been crash tested.
2) If your dog doesn’t like to ride in a pet carrier, have him wear a dog car harness or ride in a pet car seat. A dog car harness or pet car seat can provide as much safety for your dog as a pet carrier that has been secured in the car.
Visit the ASPCA.org for great pet car travel tips and other great advise on pet care. Feel free to make a donation to help this non-profit organization fight animal cruelty.
When it is time to take a family vacation, don’t forget your pets. If you’re travelling too far, leave your pets with a friend, a good boarding kennel, or hire a pet sitter. But if your destination is a drive away, take your dog with you when you travel. Here are some great reasons why:
Pet Friendly Hotels
Numerous pet friendly hotels make it easy. Hotels all over the United States are opening their rooms to people traveling with their pets. Some charge a nominal fee, some no fee at all. And many have no restrictions on size or breed.
There is no need to worry about whether your dog is being taken care of by your friend, the boarding kennel, or pet sitter. If your dog travels with you, there will be no need to call anyone to see how your dog is doing. You can enjoy your vacation together.
No Separation Anxiety or Depression
Your pet being left along for long hours waiting for your friend or pet sitter to come by can be a very depressing situation for your dog. Some dogs get severe separation anxiety and tear things up. Boarding kennels can be very stressful to your dog with all the barking going on and the strange smells and strange people. If your dog travels with you, you will not need to worry about your dog having separation anxiety issues or going into depression.
At least one of your traveling companions will not complain and be willing to do anything and go anywhere you want to go. If you want to relax by the beach, your buddy is there. If you want to go hiking or swimming, your dog will most likely want to go too. If you ever get bored on your vacation, just take a look at your dog. He is enjoying all the simple pleasures whether it is just taking a nap, enjoying the special time with family, or sniffing the fresh air and seeing the new sights.
Traveling with your dog can sometimes be a chore. Some dogs don’t do well in the car. But there are plenty of remedies to help. Be sure he is secure in a dog car seatbelt or other dog car safety product. If your dog tends to get car sick, be sure he has a good view out the window. Small dogs can see out and be secure in a pet car seat. And the more you take your dog with you when you travel, the more he will get used to it and look forward to more vacations!
The Hatchbag Pet Net is installed in your vehicle with a dual lock hardware kit. The kit includes six each of 1″ mounting squares, dual lock circles attached to a black cord, and spring loaded barrel locks (pictured below).
The mounting squares have adhesive on one side and a very strong velcro-like material on the other (pictured below). Be assured that this is no ordinary velcro. It is very strong and cannot be pulled apart once attached to the dual lock circle. Please note the special cleaning instructions. The silicone or oil cleaners used on vinyl will prevent the adhesives from sticking. Sot the vinyl must be cleaned with lacquer thinner. The adhesives must be put in place and pressed for about 20 seconds, then left to cure for about 24 hours.
Once the mounting squares are in place, take the dual lock circle and firmly press it onto the velco-like material on the square (pictured below). Pull the cord to make sure the two pieces are strongly attached. These two pieces will always remain in your car until you permanently remove the adhesives with adhesive remover.
Now you are ready to attach the Hatchbag Pet Net. The Hatchbag Pet Net has six eyelets. There is one at each corner and two one either side in the middle. Take the cords from the dual lock circles and thread it through the eyelet twice. Then take the barrel lock and press it down so that it reveals another hole (pictured below).
Lastly, pull the cord of the dual lock circles through the hole of the barrel lock until the barrel lock is snug against the Hatchbag Pet Net. Release the barrel lock and the cord will stay in place (pictured below).
To remove the Hatchbag Pet Net, simply release the barrel locks. Leave the dual lock circles with the dangling cord in place.
Please note, the Hatchbag Pet Net is designed to keep your dog from being thrown into the front seat in the event of a car accident. The Hatchbag Pet Net will also deter most dogs from trying to jump or climb into the front seat. However, a determined dog may be able to circumvent the Hatchbag Pet Net at the sides.
You want to keep your dog safe when they travel in the car, but you’re not sure which pet travel products are best. There are several things to consider when looking for the right pet auto safety device for you and your dog, and we can help. Review the list below along with a short description. Feel free to review our blog further for more detailed information on the various pet travel products.
*Prefers Confinement – A pet travel crate is a good pet auto safety method, but a pet travel crate which is strapped in is even safer.
*Hates Confinement – You can use a dog seat belt which has a long tether or keep your dog in the back with a pet auto barrier.
*Likes to Look Out the Window – For small dogs, this may be difficult. Your small dog can be strapped into a pet booster seat. For bigger dogs, use a dog seat belt rather than a pet travel crate.
*Likes to Relax – For a dog who likes to relax, use a dog seat belt with a short tether which is safer than one with a long tether – or have them ride in a pet travel crate. You can also consider a pet booster seat for a smaller dog.
Level of safety: The safest pet auto safety methods are the dog seat belt or pet travel crates which are strapped in with a kennel restraint system. Pet auto barriers are not as safe, although they do provide some level of protection in that they keep the dog from distracting the driver and they prevent the dog from getting thrown forward into the front in the event of a car accident.
What Kind of Vehicle and How Much Room: Metal pet auto barriers are too big for a car. However, there are canvas barriers and pet nets which are perfect for cars. If you have a big dog, using a crate may not work, or if you have a big crate in the back of an SUV, you may have difficulty in strapping the crate in. A dog seat belt will work in any vehicle with car seat belts.
Ease of Use: Pet auto barriers may require installation. A pet booster seat or pet travel crate may have some set up, but not as much as a pet auto barrier. A dog seat belt has the lowest level of installation. It may be difficult when you first put it on but once you get a hang of it, it is super easy.
Crate With Straps vs. Dog Seat Belt: A study has not been done to see which method is safer. However, a dog seat belt is safer than a crate which is not strapped in and a crate is safer than a dog seat belt which has a very long tether. The shorter the tether on a dog seat belt, the safer it is for the dog.
The Roll-Around Pet Carrier is an all-purpose dog carrier made by Snoozer. You can easily tote the Roll-Around Pet Carrier like a suitcase. The handle extends and it has wheels for easy tug-along. Or you can carry it like a backpack. Then secure it in your car as you drive to the airport. With the smaller pet carrier, it will fit under most airline seats for airline travel. When you get to your hotel, keep the dog in the Roll-Around Pet Carrier for use as a pet bed.
To secure the Roll-Around Pet Carrier in your car, simply slide the seat belt of the car through the straps in the back as pictured above. Then snap the seat belt into the seat belt receptacle. Sudden stops or car accidents will keep your pet in the pet carrier and the pet carrier secured to the seat. Snoozer says that the buckled in Roll-Around Pet Carrier in the car seat position with all zippers closed has been crash tested at 30 pounds at 30 mph.
Keeping your dog in a crate while in the car is safer than allowing your dog to have free access. Generally, crates are expensive online because their size and weight dramatically increase the shipping costs. A collapsible soft sided crate may be a good alternative.
The “It’z a Breeze Too” Collapsible Soft Sided Crate is lightweight and can be folded for easy carrying. It is easy to set up and easy to take down. The “It’z a Breeze Too” Collapsible Soft Sided Crate is also durable. It is made from durable coated nylon mesh fabric and has reinforced corners and connection points.
One drawback of a collapsible soft sided crate is that it may not strap into the car as well as a wire or plastic crate can. Kennel straps may make the crate collapse inward if the straps are too tight.
We have recently added several new crate styles to Pet Auto Safety.com. Instead of a bulky plastic pet travel crate, try a folding wire pet travel crate. The Folding Wire Pet Travel E-Crate is great for dogs of all ages. It folds in seconds to an easy-to-carry suitcase size. While the Folding Wire Pet Travel E-Crate may be a bit heavy for shipping, it is very durable and the quality is well-worth the price.
The Folding Wire Pet Travel E-Crate can be used in the home or for travel. If you are traveling with your dog, your dog can ride in the car with their dog car seat belt while the crate fits nicely into your trunk or back seat without taking up too much space. Or your dog can ride in the crate while traveling. For additional safety during travel in the crate, consider using a Kennel Strap Restraint System to buckle the pet travel crate into your car.
Ever wonder what would happen to your dog if you got into a car accident? Believe it or not, it happens more than you think. We have a couple of blog posts which link to dogs who survived a car accident and managed to get home only after being lost for several days. But the only time reports are made about dogs in car accidents are the reports in which a dog miraculously survives. I suppose it isn’t newsworthy when it is just another dog who died in the car. But it happens and it is tragic.
So what is the least which could happen if your dog is in a car accident? The least is that the dog will get tossed about a bit and suffer a frightening experience. The incident could be so traumatic that your dog may not want to ride in the car again.
What’s the worst that could happen? Lots of things. Your dog could get thrown from the vehicle where it could die or even be hit by another car on the road. Your dog could fly forward and hit a passenger, killing both the dog and the passenger. A dog, no matter what size, could become a deadly projectile. Your dog could get tossed around inside the car and break their legs, ribs, or even their neck. They could suffer severe internal and/or external injuries.
How can you prevent this? By having your dog wear a dog safety restraint when they are in the car. A dog safety restraint can be a dog car seat belt, a pet safety seat, or even a safely secured dog crate.