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Traveling with your pet is a lot like traveling with a 2-year-old child. If it’s time to take your pets up to the high country and see snow for the first time, visit relatives for dinner, or head down south to a more temperate climate, your first priority should be to make sure your pets are ready to travel.

This means getting them in and out of the car safely, planning for new weather conditions, and making sure your pets safe on the road. Today, we’re bringing you some great travel tips on how to do this from SolvIt.

Update Your Pet’s ID

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with the appropriate tags, and that your pet is micro-chipped. Also, you should always carry an updated photo of your pets when you travel. This helps make sure your pets are returned to you no matter where you are in the world. 

No matter where you get your pet microchipped, or which brand you use, be sure to register your pets' chips on this FREE National Microchip Registry. You never know what can happen in an accident...

Keep Your Pet Out of the Front Seat

To keep you and your pet’s sanity, you’re going to have to keep them confined in the back of the car. Not only is this the safest area for a passenger, it’s the best way to keep your pet entertained as well. From Cargo Area Net Barriers to Ziplines, there are ways to keep your pets safe and secure.

Here are a few ideas you should consider:

  • Pet Barriers: There are many ways to keep your pets in the back seat while traveling. Pet Barriers keep pets safe in the back seat or cargo area of your SUV. They are very easy to install and don't make your pets feel isolated. Try a net, screen or bars to keep pets secure.
  • ZipLine: If your pet likes to walk from side to side to look out either door, this is the product for you. The Zip Line gives your pet limited ability to move from one area of the car to the other. This is one that we use with our three big dogs.
  • Crate: If you choose to use a crate, be sure it’s been crash tested and that you have seen the safety results. Not all pets are crate-trained, so be sure you train your pets prior to embarking on a road trip.

Stay Organized

It’s hard to stay focused on the road when your dog’s rooting through the cooler (we once lost three very raw steaks that way and went hungry while camping one year). Stay organized. It will save you a lot of time and grief.

The Home Away Travel Organizer Bag features: a configurable interior section to hold water, food, and other bulky items; several exterior zippered pockets; a "poop bag" dispenser; and ventilated pockets for damp items like a cleaning towel, chew toy, or water bowl. The large, front flap allows you to easily expand storage space; and the comfort-grip rubberized handle and an adjustable shoulder strap make carrying it anywhere a breeze.

The kit comes complete with the Organizer Bag, a 1-liter Water Bottle, a 10-cup Food Storage Bag, and two collapsible Travel Bowls. But, there’s room for much more. We like to add our pet’s leashes, jackets, a towel, blanket, toys and a first-aid kit.

Keep your Pets Entertained

It’s not always easy to keep your pets entertained on the road, but one thing is for sure: they shouldn’t stick their heads out of windows. As cute as it is to see, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

If your pet loves to see the great outdoors as you drive, keep them safe with one of SolvIt ‘s automotive pet booster seats. These seats are designed using Safe-T-Core technology and have a rigid internal frame for added safety. Installation is simple, place it on the car seat and attach it to the seat belt. It also includes a safety tether that has been tested to withstand forces up to 2,000 lbs.

Choose the Best-Fitting Harness

Pets need more than a seat belt or collar to keep them safe in vehicles. They must be wearing a pet pet safety harness that is properly secured. SolvIt has crash-tested harnesses that keep pets safe in the car. The Solvit Deluxe Car Safety Harness offers a smooth, safe, comfortable road trip for you and your dog.

Make Accommodations for Senior Pets

Our mantra is “Leave No Dog Behind”! So if you’re like us, you’ll need to figure out ways to accommodate your less active pets to join you on your trip. Even if you’re only heading to the veterinarian for a check-up, your pets should have easy access to the vehicle.

SolvIt makes it simple to do this with pet ramps and a specially designed CareLift Lifting Harness and a Telescoping Ramp. Both of these are excellent ways help our larger senior pets who may be suffering from crippling ailments, like hip dysplasia.

For older, injured or invalid dogs, the CareLift™ lifting harness provides a convenient and safe way to improve pet’s mobility.  The unique design of the CareLift™ supports dogs from both the hips and abdomen, resulting in less stress than similar devices which lift only from either the legs or abdomen. There’s also a specially-shaped protector panel under the abdomen for male dogs (that is easily removed for females).

When it comes to gift-giving, your first priority should be making sure your pets (and others) are safe. This is especially true during the holidays. Solvit has guaranteed-for-life travel products that will make any pet and person a happier traveler.

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