“When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
“Having your dog loose in the car can cause both them and you serious harm. Not only can it be very distracting, in the event of a crash, a loose dog flying through the air could be fatal.”
This YouTube video shows just how far a dog will travel if unrestrained at the time of an accident. (Warning: whilst a range of dummy stuffed dogs are used, the slo-mo will still be a hard watch for most dog owners.)
“There is not much about dog seat belts on the internet. Most of the dog seat belts that are out there haven’t actually been tested – they are just a way to restrain the dog in the car. We wanted to see what is the safest one for the dog.”
The team took a life-size stuffed toy dog and filled it with sand to replicate the weight of the dog. A car seat fitted with a dog seat belt was attached to a ramp on a slope. The seat then slid down the incline. simulating a crash at a low speed of between 5 and 10mph. The test rig included:
“Piezoelectric pressure sensors, load cells and accelerometers to measure the forces exerted on the stuffed dog during the test. This information was recorded to a nearby laptop and a cell phone used as a secondary recording device.”
“Provide lightweight, durable connections between weighing equipment without adding significant weight or pressure to load cells.”
Made from food-grade vinyl methyl silicone, these sleeves are used for sanitary process such as the manufacture of food, food, pet food, pharmaceuticals and more.
Step onto the scales please
When you take your dog to the vets, the first requirement is often to check their weight. The dog steps onto a platform scale, usually covered with a non-slip rubber mat, and its weight is displayed on a digital readout. It’s a non-stress way to weigh a dog, and thanks to load cells, provides important measurements to help vets combat a rise in canine obesity. According to a study by the Royal Veterinary College, UK vets reported that 1 in 14 dogs were overweight in 2021.
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