Driving with your petMarch 3, 2017
While driving with your pet may seem pretty straight forward, it can sometimes be tricky to get your furry friend from A to B. You may have a pet that gets scared or a little too excited in the car. Safely and comfortably transporting a pet can actually be a challenge for some. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list below of tips to help make the next car trip with your best buddy as safe and enjoyable as possible.
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Start by protecting your car
Pet car seat covers are definitely necessary if you’ll be regularly driving with your pet, or if you think it’s likely your pet will have an accident in the car. It’s also a good idea to get a pet car seat cover if you have leather interior to avoid scratches, or if you have a pet that sheds a lot.
Pet car seat covers come in plenty of styles and colours. They also come in different sizes to meet your needs, such as single seat covers, full row seat covers, and large mats for the back of vans and SUVs. Look for covers that are machine washable – very important to avoid messes and smells – and that have a waterproof layer (again, messes and smells).
Then get the appropriate accessories
There are plenty of accessories on the market for driving with pets, though the one you choose to get will depend on the needs of you and your pet. If you have a dog that does not enjoy traveling in the car, use a pet travel crate. Travel crates are also necessary anytime you plan to drive with your cat.
If your dog is comfortable traveling in a car, there are several travel accessory options you can choose from. One great option is a pet car barrier, where your pet can freely roam around the back seat, but will not be able to jump up into the front seat of the car. The barrier is also an excellent safety option, preventing your pup from accidently distracting you while driving, or getting a little too over-excited in the front seat.
Other accessory options include pet car seats and safety harnesses for extra care while traveling, and pet steps and ramps for larger vehicles, to help your pet get in your car without your assistance. This last option is particularly handy if you have a large dog that’s a little too old to be jumping in and out of big cars.
Above all else, always, always, always remember that you can never leave your pet in the car alone. Regardless of the weather or how long you’ll be away from the vehicle, the car is never a safe place for your pet to stay.
Also keep in mind that, while your pet may enjoy hanging its head out the window, this practice is quite unsafe and can result in ear, lung, or eye infections for your furry friend. Your pet could also be mistakenly struck by something outside, so it’s advisable to keep your best buddy safely inside your moving vehicle at all times.