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January 2, 2010

With more people traveling long distances during the Holiday Season, it is not a surprise that many of these travelers take their pets with them. There are probably more people traveling with their pets this time of year than during any other time of year. And as a result, we have seen an increase in the number of articles written about dogs being involved in car accidents. In some of the articles, the dog survives. But in most of them, the dogs were killed.

A couple in Fostoria, Ohio were taken to the hospital after a car wreck on December 28, 2009. Last heard, the couple were in stable condition, but their dog had been killed in the car accident. To read more about this accident visit http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091231/NEWS16/912319988/0/SPORTS12.

Two of three dogs involved in a car accident in Rochester, New Hampshire were killed while one survived. One of the dogs killed was an 8-week-old puppy which had been a Christmas gift. To read more about this accident visit http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091231/GJNEWS_01/712319918/-1/FOSNEWS.

Near Pheonix, Oregon, we here of a dog who was ejected from the car during an accident. The dog survived the car accident but was tragically killed when it was struck by another car after fleeing the scene of the accident. To read more about this accident visit http://kdrv.com/news/local/157500.

In the UK, there was a car accident where the car was left balancing off a 6 foot drop. All occupants survived with only minor injuries, including the dog who was completely unharmed. The dog had been in its pet travel carrier when the accident occurred. To read more about this accident visit http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/news/Dog-rescued-car-accident/article-1665648-detail/article.html.

Here is what we can learn from these stories: First, a dog seat belt harness can help to protect your pet during a car accident just like a car seat belt can help people and children during a car accident. Second, if a dog is wearing a dog seat belt harness during an accident, they can’t be ejected from or flee from the scene of an accident only to disappear or be struck by another car. And third, a dog seat belt harness is not the only way to keep your pet safe in the vehicle. Putting your dog in a pet travel carrier can help as well.

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