Ozzie, passed away 7/3/2021
My golden retriever, Ozzie, passed away over two months ago. In the process of treating him for cancer, we became close with our vet tech at the veterinary clinic. After Ozzie died, we had her to dinner at our house and I brought up the discussion of “how to travel safely in a car” with a dog. It had always been an issue for me and I wanted to know her thoughts. Previously I had used dividers, then settled on a heavy duty harness for the back seat. She told me a horrible story about a client who used a harness for her dog and was in a car accident and the harness broke the dog’s back and they had to euthanize him. In 4 weeks we will have a new golden puppy in our house, and based on this story, I will not use a harness. Other than bolting down a wire crate in the back of the car, is there a relatively safe way to cart dogs around in the car? It doesn’t matter if it is close distance or long, the danger is the same. What sage advice do you have for me? And for the record, I do not know what kind of harness was used in the horrible accident I described, and the harness I used was “auto crash tested” but really, I have no solid research on tested harnesses. Thank you in advance.