Successful holiday travel is all about minimizing stress, and that extends to your pets. After travelling with Buddy in B.C. this summer, I realized there’s a lot more we could be doing to make our little pooch more comfortable. Today I’m popping on Calgary’s Global News Morning to review some of the most useful travel pet products. Here they are in case you’re interested…
You need some kind of a carrier for air travel and Sherpa is the gold standard. There’s many different sizes for pets, and the largest goes up to 22 lbs. The carrier has a zippered pocket to keep your passport, wallet, keys and other important items safe. Mesh side panels are great for ventilation and let your furry friends see what’s going on. There’s a top or side entry, and the faux lambskin liner can be removed for washing. Tip: Get your pets used to this (or any other) carrier prior to travel.
Kurgo Rover Booster Seat
We so needed this when driving to Vernon with Buddy last summer. This is essentially a bucket seat that get secured to any seat in your vehicle. If you’ve got a pet who loves jumping onto your lap so they can see out the window, this booster seat is for you. I mean them. OK both!
It keeps pets safe, secure and the adjustable seatbelt tether attaches to any dog harness to keep your pup out of trouble. It holds pets up to 30 lbs and is ideal for long road trips. There’s a removable fleece liner inside the booster seat, so your pup’s drool can be affordably washed away vs said drool staining your seat.
Pet first aid kit
This nifty kit is lightweight and small, so it easily fits into backpacks and glove compartments. It’s got gauze, tape, an instant cold pack and a host of other first aid essentials. Tip: Download askPETMD before your travels. The app gives vet-qualified answers within 24 hrs. and also locates the closest vet to your current location.
Anti anxiety pet travel products
ThunderShirts for both dogs and cats are designed to provide a calming effect when your pet experiences fear or anxiety (hello vet visits!). The shirts are lightweight, but provide constant, gentle pressure to create a calming effect. If your pooch is still really hyped up, try ThunderSpray. It mimics a mother’s pheromones and the soothing fragrance helps calm them down. You spray a little on the area where your dog will be spending their time (on the Thunder Shirt is ideal). For cats, consider Whisker City Calm Down Cat Relief. Add a teaspoon to their drinking water twice a day and the homeopathic remedy supports their nervous system by relieving stress and tension.
Food and water bowls for pets on the run
This Top Paw Travel Water Bottle is awesome because it’s a water bottle and water bowl all in one! It even can be clipped to your leash. The product is BPA free and comes in multiple colours.
How to cool off your pet while travelling?
Behold the Mud Dog Travel Shower. This shower fits around most standard size water bottles. A 2L bottle will give your pet a shower for about a minute. It’s ideal if you need to cool off your pet or clean them before getting in your car or hotel. It’s super tiny and easy to pack.
Pet Holiday Stockings
Every year we spoil Buddy with a stocking or two. He loves them so much we have to get more clever about where we hide it. I think he recognizes its scent, because he goes ballistic and attempts to bust his way into the closet or my dresser (wherever it’s hidden) as soon as we place it there.
Free pet pictures with Santa!
This weekend Santa is coming to Petsmart – all its stores across Canada! Pets and owners can get pictures take for free. While I was picking up this product for my Global segment, I noticed a super cute winter backdrop at the Petsmart near Chinook Centre. I asked some worker dude and he said you could come in and take your own pics anytime.
So tell me, what am I missing? What are your favourite products for pet travel?