I’m sure you’ll agree that trips are so much better when your best friend comes along. And if you’re a dog owner, that friend is probably your dog.
When taking a car trip with your dog, you need to be fully prepared for everything, especially if you’re going to travel a long distance. And while most dogs enjoy car rides and having their heads out the window, there may be moments when your pet will simply not fancy it. But by making sure he has all his needs properly met, you can keep him more comfortable on the road and the stress will go away.
From pet car seat covers to treats and toys – consider getting the following dog car accessories to make travelling relaxed, safe and pleasant for your furry pal.
Dog Seat Covers
You could get a dog crate. But being confined in a cramped space for long periods of time can be stressful for your pet, especially if he’s not used to this. For that reason, you may want to allow your dog to spread out on the seats in the back of the car.
But dogs are messy, so having a dog cover for car is essential because it helps prevent scratches, stains and leaks on your seats. Pick the model based on the size of your pet, and of course, how much space you have in your car. These covers are often designed to fit well both in standard cars and SUVs.
Your pet can relax in the back while having the dog seat cover protecting the seat. You can also zip the flaps and make it look like a hammock. This way, the pet will feel safe and remain protected from falling. Some models can be zipped and turned into a bag, which is especially suitable for smaller dogs.
These models come with suitable openings allowing you to pull the seat belt through them and keep your buddy securely in place. You will want to make sure that the cover is waterproof, well, because you know why. Waterproof seat covers will keep your car dry and free from urine odour and drools. To keep the cover from sliding, make sure you check if the bottom has a rubber backing.
The next thing you will need for a pleasant ride with your dog is a pet ramp. Not every dog is capable to jump in the trunk (whether because of their size or age). No matter if your dog is big or small, this ramp will ease the entrance for him. Most models can easily fold in two and can support even heavier dogs. Just rest the ramp on the edge of the trunk and let your dog walk inside or outside. The ramp won’t take too much space since it can be folded in two. Always go for a ramp with a non-slip surface, to reduce any risk of falling.
Dog Seat Belt
Having your dog in your car without a seat belt on is a risky thing, not only for potential accidents but also expensive fines (more than $400). When a dog isn’t properly restrained with a seat belt he can pose a distraction for the driver. So, investing in a dog seat belt is a smart idea that will spare you from fines and worries. Dog’s seat belts can be attached to the dog’s collar or full harness chest vest for even higher security.
Portable Water Bowl
When it comes to dog car accessories essential for the wellbeing of the animal, no ride can go without a portable water bowl. Your dog will surely get thirsty during the long car ride and if you cannot stop at the moment, this is a great way to keep it hydrated.
Portable dog bowls for cars have a no-spill design for preventing accidents. These bowls also with handy brackets so they can be mounted in a position where they will stay stable without the risk of being knocked over.
Pet Emergency Kit
A pet emergency kit is a must, no matter if your dog doesn’t have any known health problems. These kits should contain pretty much anything like human emergency kits. There should be a first-aid book for pets, phone number of the nearest veterinary emergency rescue, the number of your vet, your pet’s paperwork, proof of your dog’s vaccinations (rabies mainly), self-cling bandage, cloth to prevent biting and of course, your dog’s medicine (if he takes any).
Dog beds are a good option if you are going on a longer trip or camping with your car, and want to give your pet a soft place to rest and relax. Some dogs are disturbed by the sound of the running motor, others simply are scared to be in a moving car. A soft and fluffy dog bed will make it easier for them to calm down and take a nap, and you will be able to focus on the road.
We all love having snacks while travelling, and your dog is not an exception. Having treats in your car will help you calm your pet. While most dogs truly enjoy riding in the car, sometimes they can become restless or disturbed, so some snacks will work the magic. If the ride is longer, they will surely get hungry, so treats will help you soothe their hunger before they get to have a proper meal.
Having a toy to chew on is a great distraction from the road. If you want a smooth driving experience, make sure your dog has his favourite chewing toys within reach. Not only do the toys keep the dog busy, but they are also good for his teeth, so it is a double win.
If you plan to take your dog on a vacation with you, then the ride will surely be a challenge for him. Summer heat can be especially hard to tolerate for your furry friend and can even cause your pet to overheat – which can be dangerous.
While you may think that your car’s AC is enough, but your dog may need something more to help him maintain the right body temperature. That being said, consider getting a cooling pad. It is budget-friendly and will directly cool down your dog.
Finally, you know your dog the best, so you know what accessories you need the most to have a pleasant and fun ride.