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Dogs And Travel

Car travel is really important for many dog owners, but did you know that car travel with pets can be very dangerous if they aren’t properly restrained, just like us!It will come as no surprise that dogs take up a significant amount of space in your car, and unless you want to contend with them for the front seat, it's crucial to make sure you have enough room to keep you and your pet comfortable and cosy - particularly for longer trips.A surge in demand for dogs has also seen an increase in the need for more substantial cars, with 35% of new dog owners feeling they needed to upscale their current vehicle to a larger, more practical model. Consider a vehicle with a lower boot lip so your dog doesn't have as far to jump, or purchase a ramp for smaller pups, make sure you are prepared for all eventualities, such as having waterproof coverings to keep any rain and mud off your upholstery.

The Highway Code from the UK Government states that “a seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars”.The importance of restraining your dog when in the car cannot be overstated. Even the best behaved dogs need some form of restraint and this should be used for every journey, even if you are just going a short distance. Even the most careful of drivers can have a bump, and unrestrained dogs are more likely to injure themselves as well as injure you.With a whole range of products available it can feel overwhelming to know what to purchase for your dog.If you are unsure, the helpful team at Pets At Home can help advise you on the products available and guide you on making the best choice for your dog.

If you are looking to upgrade to a dog friendly vehicle and need more help and advice, contact us today. Our expert team are more than happy to help you select your next used vehicle today.

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