6 Easy Ways To Pet Proof Your Car
As pet parents we love our dogs and want to take them with us whenever possible — which definitely includes car rides.
Whether it’s a short trip or long journey, our furry friends can definitely leave their mark in a car. If you could use a little help figuring out the best ways to pet proof your car, the following items are very useful to protect your cars interior and exterior, while at the same time keeping your pet safe.
1. Car Hammock: If you’re a pet parent who prefers to have your dog ride in the back seat then a car hammock is a must have. Attaching to both the back seat and front seat headrests the hammock covers the entire back section of your car protecting it from hair, drool, food messes and anything else your pet can throw at it. You can also remove the attachments from the front seat headrests to convert the hammock into a traditional seat cover in case you have some people passengers who need to sit on it.
When purchasing a car hammock, be sure to check that it comes with openings to allow access to the seat belt buckles so you can keep your furry friend and anyone else who sits on it safe.
2. Pet Seat Cover: If you prefer to have your pet ride in the front with you then a pet specific seat cover is a great investment to protect your interior. Offering similar features to the hammock, a pet specific seat cover will be water resistant and made of a durable, washable fabric.
3. Cargo Cover: If you drive a vehicle with a large open trunk space or removable back seats than a cargo cover is a must have for you. Available in a variety of sizes to suit different cars, a cargo cover can either lay flat on the floor or cover both the floor and back of a bench seat. These are great for long trips and big dogs, as it allows them some space to really spread out and get comfortable.
You’ll also want to invest in a cargo cover that has a fold out flap to cover your cars back bumper. This will protect it from potential nail scratches when your dog is entering or exiting the vehicle.
4. Seat Belt Harness: A seat belt harness is a must have for any pet in your vehicle not traveling in a crate or carrier. In case of an accident you want your pet to be just as safe as you. In addition to the safety it provides a seat belt harness will also restrain your pet from moving around the car and creating a mess. Imagine no snouts pressed against the window, no chewing or paw prints all over your upholstery.
You should be very selective when purchasing a car harness for your pet— we learned earlier this year from the Center for Pet Safety that approximately 86% of car harnesses don’t live up to their safety claims. One that does stack up and is rated very well is the ClickIt Utility Dog Harness.
5. Ramps: Getting in and out of a car can be tricky for small dogs and older dogs that suffer from joint problems. Depending on their size, you as a pet owner may not be able to lift them into the car easily. If you’ve ever seen a dog attempt to jump into a car and fail, it can be detrimental to both the dog and your car. To prevent pet injury and car interior and exterior scratches, investing in a foldable ramp is a great idea.
6. Nail Caps: If pet hair, drool and dirt aren’t a big concern for you because you have leather or synthetic leather interior that is easily cleaned, then you may be most concerned about scratches and rips from pet nails. If the thought of pet nails on your cars interior is too much to bare, then perhaps nail caps would be a good option for you. Meant to simply cover the tips of your dog or cat’s nails, the caps are applied with a small amount of adhesive and are said to last between 4 to 6 weeks. Some groomers even offer the service of applying them for you.
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