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The safest way to transport your dog

April 21, 2019

Crate or seatbelt – which is better?

Travelling with your pet doesn’t have to be stressful. With a bit of planning, you can safely transport your dog from A to B using a seatbelt or a crate. Let’s take a closer look at the two options.

Travel advice for your pet

Seatbelts for dogs

Seatbelts are a must-have for any pet owner that often travels with their dog in the car. They secure your pet safely and are ideal when space is limited.


  • Seatbelts come in a variety of styles
  • Suitable for dogs of all shapes and sizes
  • Your dog will feel less restrained than in a crate
  • Ideal if the boot or back seat are too full to use a crate


  • Won’t protect your dog to the same extent as a human seatbelt
  • Not suitable for dogs that like to chew – you may find the seatbelt doesn’t exist by the end of the journey

Pet crates

Crates and gates are optimum for car safety and are great for trained dogs.


  • Ideal for safety – limits mobility
  • Provides a reassuring space for an anxious pet
  • Suitable for trained dogs
  • Fits a car boot or back seat


  • Could take more time for a non-crate trained pet to get used to
  • Crates for large dogs can be very heavy

In terms of optimum dog safety, Bayswater Vets advises that crates and gates are used where possible.

Travel reminder

Are you taking your pooch on a long journey? Consider applying for a pet passport. Our vet Christina can issue the relevant travel documents to support you on your journey.

Learn more about pet passports