Keep your dog safe in the car

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SPECIAL HARNESS: Wearing one is not unkind.

THINK what could happen in a crash if you don’t secure your dog.

* Your dog could be thrown through the front window incurring severe injury or even death.

* Your dog could act as a missile hitting the driver and causing them to veer out of control.

* Your dog could be thrown from the back seat at such force they could break bones or incur life threatening internal injuries.

* Your dog could be knocked unconscious or experience such shock that it permanently changes their personality.

* If your dog is a large breed, such as a Labrador, he could be catapulted through the car with the force of a baby elephant, in all likelihood, injuring all in his way.

* It is unlikely the dog would survive such a violent impact.

* If you are involved in an accident, it is safer for all concerned if your dog is restrained in the car. A dog which is loose could run straight into the traffic and be killed or even cause another accident.

Did You Know?

* In Britain there are 8 million dog owners.

* 35 per cent of dog owners consider their dog as their ideal travel partners, with a further 10 per cent saying their dog is more entertaining than their partner, child or best friend.

* 88 per cent of Brits agreed that belting up is the key to dog safety.

* 60 per cent have NEVER done this.

* Making a dog wear a special harness is not unkind, most pets actually feel more secure when they are restrained, either using a harness, in a travel kennel, or behind a dog guard.

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