Going on spring break and taking your dog with you? Here are the 5 most essential dog car accessories.
Traveling by car with your dog isn’t always the most fun. No cars are designed with your dogs comfort or safety in mind. It’s with good reason, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying for a pet owner who needs to get their dog to the vet, only to ask themselves, “Do dogs need seat belts?” or “What is the kennel falls off the seat?”
For everyone who’s struggled with driving with their dog, here are the five must-have car accessories that will make your life easier.
Solvit Waterproof Seat Cover
Dogs and cleanliness have an unpredictable relationship. They shed. In moving vehicles, they’re wont to go to the bathroom in places they shouldn’t. Just like humans, sometimes they throw up when they’re nervous or not feeling too hot. If you need to bring food along, there’s no guarantee it won’t get everywhere. The ways in which your pup can dirty your car are innumerable, that’s for sure. So what to do you? Seat covers. Solvit’s seat cover is water proof, meaning you can wipe it down after the ride. Simple, easy, durable, and it’ll save you a trip to get detailed.
Solvit Side Door Ramp
I have a lab-dane mix. She’s a puppy right now and lifting her into the car is easy, but I know it’s not always going to be like that…. Ramps are what you use when your dog hits 60, 70, 80, even 100 lbs. When they’re too big to be carried, they can walk themselves to your car. Some ramps double as seat extenders for those who have dogs who are too big for the seats or just need some more room to stretch out.
Kurgo Tru-Fit Harnesses
Kurgo’s Tru-Fit Harnesses fit a multitude of dog sizes. Harnesses can be as invaluable as seat belts to humans and they can also be a useful tool in preventing distraction if your dog is the type to jump around the car when you’re driving.
Snoozer Lookout Pet Booster Seat
Is your pooch too small for any of these? You can use a pet booster seat as an alternative to trying to stuff your kennel inside your car, which can be scary or even cause injury to your pet. Pet booster seats provide a safe, comfortable space for small dogs to sit in while you drive. Some even include small bowls for water or food for longer journeys.
Pet Emergency Kit
What you should include in your dog’s emergency kit varies depending on your dog’s needs and breed. The Humane Society provides some universals though: basic first aid supplies (anything that would be normally included in a human first aid kit), any medications your dog needs, a pet first aid book, phone numbers of the nearest vet E.R. and your vet, paperwork for your pet in a waterproof container, proof of rabies vaccination status, a nylon leash, self-cling bandage, and a muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting.