A new survey has shown 22% of vets have witnessed dogs die as a result of injuries sustained when travelling in a car without proper restraint.
28% of owners, meanwhile, never restrain their pet when travelling in the car.
Direct Line Pet Insurance questioned 1,390 pet owners and 100 vets in the study, other findings from which include:
- 18% of vets have treated animals with injuries as a result of being poorly restrained in the car – ranging from broken bones (39%) to minor injuries such as bruising (33%)
- the safest methods of restraint for dogs are seat belt and harness, crate/cage or a barrier between the boot and the back seat
- vets have witnessed dangerous restraints including letting the animal roam free, holding it on passengers laps and even putting a chain or rope around the animal’s neck
Rule 57 of the Highway Code states that when in a vehicle, owners must make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained to reduce the risk of distraction while driving.