Most of us travel with our dogs, whether it be on vacation or around the block. At some point, your pups are going to be taking a ride in your car; as a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to keep them safe. They say that most accidents take place close to home and even a slight tap can result in serious injury, even death, for your beloved dog. You would buckle a child up, so why not make sure your dog is just as safe?
No matter what age your dog is, Solvit develops products to help your dog travel safely with you.
I just saw a dog hanging out the window of a car on my way home from work one day last week. Not only was he hanging out of the window, he was sitting on his mommy’s lap and she was driving! That is an accident waiting to happen.
The Deluxe Car Safety Harness for Dogs is a new Solvit product for 2014. Not only is it comfortable for your dog, with a thick padding for their chest, it is easy to adjust. Solvit wanted to be sure the harness would be the safest for your dog, so they had it “crash-tested in a DOT (Department of Transportation) – approved facility according to leading industry standards“. Additionally, according to the Solvit website, “the harnesses have also undergone extensive static testing to 3000+ lbs. to ensure strength and durability.”
Watch the 75 lb. dog dummy CRASH TEST VIDEO
The harness has durable straps that work well with the seat belt. Also, available sometime this month, and sold separately, an optional 3-point attachment accessory, which connects to child safety seat anchors in the vehicle. I’ve had several car harnesses and I have to say, I really like this one.
Gertie is wearing a Medium harness. The harness comes in four sizes: Small for pets from 6-25 lbs; Medium for pets from 20-55 lbs; Large for pets from 45-85 lbs; and Extra Large for pets from 60-120 lbs. They are available at various online retailers and at your local pet stores. To find a location near you, visit http://solvitproducts.com/WhereToBuy and enter your zip code. It will also give you a list of online retailers. Doctors Foster and Smith online sells the harness, starting at $15.99, but on sale right now for as low as $12.79 (Sale price subject to change). That is a price worth the price of keeping your best friend safer while traveling!
Solvit’s Booster Seats are another great way to keep your smaller dog safer while traveling in your car. Available in Medium, Large and Extra Large, the Booster Seat provides a barrier for your baby and is supported by straps that fit around the headrest. Kiko was a little too big for the Booster Seat, so we asked our friend Petey to model for us. Isn’t he perfect?
Petey was left at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control by his owners a few years ago. They wanted him euthanized because he was old. As you know, it’s harder for senior dogs to get adopted. Petey is living the good life. He loves sleeping on his heated bed, going for rides and walks with his mommy 4-5 times each day. He is really going to enjoy his car rides a lot more now that he has a comfy Booster Seat!
The Booster Seats come in Medium, Large and Extra Large and range in price from around $25 and up. For more detailed information about the Booster Seats, or to check out all the other products by Solvit, visit them at www.solvitproducts.com.
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