New research out today has found that pet owners are not properly securing their pets when on the move, with over a quarter admitting they never restrain their dogs when travelling in the car.
The research, which has been released by Direct Line Pet Insurance reveals that over a fifth of vets have shockingly witnessed dogs die as a result of injuries sustained when travelling in a car without proper restraint.
Of those animals who were able to receive treatment after an accident, the most common ailments vets have treated for include broken bones to minor injuries such as bruising.
Rule 57 of the Highway Code states that when in a vehicle, owners must make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained. Vets recommend a dog seat belt and harness, crate/cage or a barrier in between the boot and the back seat to reduce the risk of distraction whilst driving.
The RSPCA advises owners to keep smaller animals in a suitably robust and secure carrier (which allows them to sit and stand up at full height, turn around easily and lie down in a natural position).
Prit Powar, head of pet insurance at Direct Line, said: “Some owners trust their animals to roam free around the car. However, even the most well-behaved animal can become easily spooked or excited, which could distract you from the road, putting both you and your pet in danger. It’s important to adhere to the Highway Code to make sure you, your passengers and your pet is safe.”