Making sure your dog’s harness is actually safe

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Not all doggy harnesses sold in pet stores are safe for your furry companion. They're supposed to keep them safe and secure in the incident of a crash, but crash tests prove that not all harnesses are doing the job.

Dog harnesses are made for pairs like Lauren Lynn and her dog, Buddy, who travel together often. The pooch is often not strapped in, jumping all over her, distracting her from the road.

"I don't see a real problem with letting him get some wind in his ears and fur," Lauren Lynn said.

But experts say it's dangerous.

Dash cam video shows dogs flying out of cars, nearly getting hit by oncoming traffic.

But it's not just dogs who are in danger of roaming around your car. It's you, too.

"In the event of a crash, a pet can go projectile. They can hurt everyone, including themselves. So keep your pet restrained on every trip," one expert said.

Some harness companies make bold promises on their packaging, but their product can't back it up. And pet products aren't regulated by anyone, not even the federal government. So promises like "certified safety," "locks into place," and "crash safety tested" are often just for show.

Most products on the market actually failed in field testing. In fact, 25 of the 29 products that were tested failed miserably.

Check with your vet to see which products they suggest in restraining your pet.

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