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Ku-Ring-Gai Veterinary Safety Advice for Dog Owners: Seat Belts Save Lives and Not Just Humans!

By admin | Dated February 17, 2014

Putting on your seat belt is one of those things that we do automatically every time we get in the car, and on most occasions we do it without thinking about it. We all know how important it is to wear a seat belt but did you know that it is equally important to make sure your dog is restrained when they are travelling in the car?

It is now a NSW legal requirement to ensure all dogs are either restrained in a carry cage or with a safety harness, which can be safely attached to your dog’s seat belt.

If you are caught with an unrestrained dog while driving, the fine is approximately $350 and 3 demerit points deducted from your driver’s license. The fine increases to around $450 if you are in a school zone. If your dog is injured as a result of being unrestrained, you could face up to 6 months in jail and a $5500 fine under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Unless being used to work, livestock and dogs that are unrestrained on the back of a ute will incur an on-the-spot fine of $500. And while it may seem like common sense, animals are not permitted to be carried on a motorbike between the rider and the handle bars or in any other position that interferes with the rider’s ability to control the bike.

So why are these rules in place? For two very important reasons. It keeps not only your beloved canine companion safe, but it also keeps you safe. We all know how distracting it is having a bouncy dog in the car. And if you are involved in an accident, an unrestrained dog becomes a projectile body loose in your car with the potential to injure you and them.

Wondering how you can safely restrain your pooch for car trips and avoid a fine? Easy! All you need is a harness and a seat belt adaptor, which are available by obtaining advice from your local Ku-Ring-Gai veterinary staff members when you visit Gordon Vet Hospital. They can even fit it on your dog for you to demonstrate.

For smaller breeds you can also have the option of using a crate or carry cage, like you would for a cat. Nurse Layne has just ordered in some gorgeous harnesses, so come in and have a look so you can make sure your pooch is nice and safe when you are travelling in the car.

So speak to your local Ku-Ring-Gai veterinary team today at Gordon Vet Hospital and keep your dog safe at all times when travelling.

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Eve Barratt
01:17 04 Aug 20
I took our little girl Coco for her very first vet visit yesterday. Dr Helen gave Coco a thoroughly check-up and provided me with useful information as the first time puppy owner. Coco is now enrolled in the puppy school and will return back for her 2nd vaccine in a couple of week!
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Jayna Hirani
Jayna Hirani
03:43 09 Apr 20
Quality care and advice at every visit. The staff are friendly and informative and genuinely care about your pets. I am 100% confident that my cat and dog always receive the best pet healthcare and as pet parents that's all we want.
Marianne Broeng
Marianne Broeng
23:23 28 Jan 20
Gordon Vet has looked after my golden retriever since she was 9 weeks. Everyone has been amazing and caring with lots of experience. I have been able to ask any questions and always been welcome. Even one day when she stepped on a bee in the evening, they stayed open until we got there and helped her get it out. Thanks to all the staff :-)
Lizzie Wei
Lizzie Wei
00:56 18 Jan 20
We just moved to Gordon couple month ago and need to get my cat vaccinated. We found this hospital through google and I need to say they provide excellent service and very professional! The doctor really knows cat. Highly recommended!
Lara Bisley
Lara Bisley
08:15 27 Nov 19
Exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dog here for many years and although I now live in the Eastern Suburbs, I still drive across town to see the Vets at Gordon. The staff are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly and helpful. My 9 year old dog has had 2 knee operations (1 on each knee!) and the outcome of these surgeries far exceeded my expectations. I have been incredibly impressed with the care provided during all of our visits. I would highly recommend Gordon Vet Hospital.
Eugenie Goodyer
Eugenie Goodyer
23:22 21 Oct 19
Very friendly staff. Wonderful care for all our animals A++
Jennie Keogh
Jennie Keogh
06:36 21 Oct 19
Fantastic and friendly staff who you can tell really care about your pet. Their follow up service is also very reassuring. I also board my cat with Gordon Vet and I feel very comfortable to know he's in safe and caring hands. I'm so glad I found this clinic.
Newsha Amiri
Newsha Amiri
20:24 03 Oct 19
We took our dog there and Dr. David take care of his skin issues. he was so caring and professional.
Luxe Sydney Mum
Luxe Sydney Mum
06:37 02 Sep 19
Compassionate, caring and highly skilled veterinary surgeons who treat their patients and owners with respect. The nursing and administration staff are efficient and remember their patients by name which is a lovely touch. A lovely vet practice which despite our Golden Retriever Finn’s complex medical history, is always welcoming to him and he never displays any signs of anxiety when attending. Dr Helen is lovely and a firm favourite of ours!
Lihong Xing
Lihong Xing
05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
Jeremy Tarbox
Jeremy Tarbox
22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
Vishal Kapoor
Vishal Kapoor
01:52 04 Sep 18
Really amazing staff members. Their systems and processes are also very
Gerry Stevens
Gerry Stevens
11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
Arezu A
Arezu A
03:20 15 Feb 18
Absolutely love the service here. I switched from other Vets to this Vet as the staff here are quite attentive and really care about your furry baby! I have basically seen most of the Dr's here and all of them so far have been fantastic, friendly and fun to speak with! Easy to locate and enough parking available! 5 Stars indeed!
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