The 20th of February is "Love Your Pet" Day and if you, like so many of us, take your dog out on the road with you, there are some things that make sharing your car with your four-legged friends, not only safer but more hygienic too.
We've compiled a list of 5 things that will make life on the road better for you and your dog...
1. Access Ramp
Depending on the size your dog and indeed the height of access to your vehicle, an access ramp could make things less stressful for you and your dog. As dogs (and we) age, lifting heavier dogs into your vehicle may be a struggle, even stressful. Portable ramps can make accessing your car so much easier, safer and faster. There are lots to choose from to make travelling with your best buddy a breeze. Argos have a pretty good selection to chose from: https://bit.ly/2V6zJRs
The Highway Code states that "dogs and other animals must be suitably restrained" in your vehicle. This is for both you and your pet's safety. If your pet is loose in the car and you are involved in an accident, this could cause serious harm to you, your passengers and your dog. It could also have implications for your car insurance if you are deemed to be distracted by your dog if it wasn't properly restrained. Should your pet need treatment after an accident, your pet insurance may also be invalidated if your dog wasn't secured. Again, there are lots of harnesses to choose from. This dog harness from Orvis can be used as a car restraint system or as a conventional harness: https://bit.ly/2BK63Cq
3. Doggie Clean Up Kit
Always a useful piece of kit this...whether you've been on a long walk and need to tidy up dirt and hair, or your dog has an unfortunate reaction to car journeys, this Turtle Wax Pet mess kit https://bit.ly/2U2uEK9 is a must. At just £6 it includes a surface cleaner to organically clean all dirt and pet messes; the Pet Hair Lifter sponge removes stubborn pet hair from upholstery and carpets and the odour eliminator pump removes the source of bad smells and can be sprayed onto fabric, carpet, plastic and inside air vents. Phew!
4. Anti-spill water bowl
This is a definite no-brainer. The anti-spill pet water bowl is an ingenious piece of kit that eliminates spills making it ideal for travel. The "Road Refresher" non spill travel bowl limits the amount of water your dog can pick up any one time reducing pets slobber by 90%. The bowl can be filled with water and safely left within the car so your dog can access fresh water whenever they need it. It is currently retailing at £9.99 on Amazon. Other retailers are avaiable. https://amzn.to/2EiWJHs
5. Dog Seat Cover
The next time you finish a lovely long walk with your dog, you won't have to worry about it jumping into the back seat. Simply use a waterproof car seat cover to protect the rear seat of your car from dirt and hair left behind by your beloved pet. Just wipe down with a damp cloth ready for next time. They are easy to fit and remove - perfect for dog lovers who also love their car.
We hope we've inspired you with our choice of doggy car accessories to help make those journeys together safer, cleaner and happier. Happy travels with your dog and enjoy "Love Your Pet" day.