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Pet Products for Traveling Pets!

By: Courtesy of APPMA

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Vacationing Pets and Owners Driving Demand for Travel-Friendly Pet Products and Services

This summer travel season, more pets will hit the road with their owners than ever before. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) more than 15 million Americans travel with their pet each year. And, expanding on this trend, are
a growing number of companies catering to an increasing demand for pet-friendly travel products and accommodations. "With more and more people considering their pets as members of the family, a growing number of companies and service providers are also embracing four-
legged companions," said Bob Vetere, COO and managing director of APPMA. In fact, in its latest pet traveling guide, AAA lists more than 12,000 lodgings that accept pets, up eight percent from last year -- double the increase from the year before.

Here are some new pet products that might be useful for your summer travels!

Car Travel

Here are a few top picks.

  • No road trip is complete without a sleeping bag. Bamboo makes
    sleeping bags for cats and dogs with built-in toys. Both bags roll up for easy storage and transportation and convert into blankets for lounging.

  • If traveling stresses out your pet, try Relaxed Dog Travel Calm
    Formula by Veterinarian's Best. The formula helps prevent stress, motion sickness and sensitivity to loud noises such as fireworks or thunder.

  • If your dog likes to stick his head out the window, try Doggles,
    goggles for dogs.

  • Keep your pet's records handy at all times with the PetsBook pet
    record book. The gold foil stamped vinyl cover carries a photograph of your pet, certifications, allergies, medical history, commands, vaccination records and owner information.

  • For when nature calls, Pedigree offers POOPIKS, the lavender
    scented, purple, poop-mitts, convenient for quick pick ups.

  • For accidents, Bio-Pro Research offers Urine-Off which removes
    urine stains and odor, great for car upholstery, hotel room linens and carpet.

  • For grooming, the travel size spa from Cloud Star is a convenient
    plastic carrier that includes a travel size wash, rinse, bar soap, and collapsible water bowl and Buddy Biscuits.

  • For water on the road, Innovative Products makes the Water Boy, a
    portable, no-splash, no-spill, three quart pet drinking container. Water is only released in controlled amounts when laid on the container's side. Container can be personalized.

  • Waggers Travel Snack Packs are a great, handy trial size portion of treats perfect for road trips! Re-sealable package fits into dashes, purses, totes, sacks, briefcases.

  • US Grain's Regal Travel Bites Food Bars also offer a convenient
    snack for your dog while traveling and during associated activities like hiking.

  • Planet Dog offers a complete line of unique and innovative travel
    products which includes the Planet Dog Pack, Travel Food & Water Bowl,
    Travel Feedbag, PDOG Flyer, a Fleece Blanket and a comfy Travel Bed.

  • The Trek Dog Portable Vehicle Access System is an innovative step
    platform great for getting older dogs into an SUV. It's portable and
    lightweight and can also be used as a step platform for loading a roof rack, or washing the vehicle.

  • Make sure to buckle up with PetBuckle Safety Systems. The
    product comes with an adjustable harness that attaches to any seat belt and is designed not to choke or cinch into the pet's abdomen area under stress.

    First Aid

    It's always a good idea to carry a first aid kit, and there are several good ones on the market:

  • The Weatherproof Pet First Aid Kit from Pet Care Products includes
    30 of the most recommended medical care items, and the snap-lock hard
    pack includes a water-resistant Care Card that provides valuable information for pet care and emergencies and fits under a car seat

  • Creative Pet Products also makes a kit complete with all of the first-aid medical essentials a pet needs as well as the Roam to Home tracking system. If your pet is lost anywhere in the United States or Canada, Roam to Home will locate your pet's home.

  • The Mini Clip N Go from Medipet is an even smaller travel kit with
    the first aid essentials.

    Pet Carriers

    Pet carriers are also getting safer and more comfortable and are a few:

  • The Pet Car Seat lookout is a fun new way for pets to travel. It's a soft bed that uses the car's seat belt as part of the restraint system and is available in four sizes.

  • Come Along Carrier from Super Dog is an enclosed design that
    reduces light, providing relaxation for light sensitive small pets during travel.

  • The Care~eze Pet Carrier is ideal for airline travel, training and
    boarding, and is easily storable when you're done using it.

  • The Pet Auto Traveler by Rubbermaid offers a comfortable bed
    enclosed with mesh material and securely buckles in with a seat belt for safe and comfortable travel.

  • Petmate's Portable Home combines the best features of a portable
    pet kennel and permanent pet shelter with a lightweight convenience
    appreciated by travelers.

  • Global Pet Products offers a line of pet travel carriers including the PetPocket, a hands-free, vest-style pet carrier for small pets; the Pet Wheel-Away, a wheeled, airline-approved, soft carrier that converts to a backpack, travel bed and car seat; the Pet Stow-Away, an elevated car seat that converts to a suitcase and pet bed; the BackSeat Hammock, which attaches to front and rear headrests and protects your pet and your seat; the ShadyPet, the ultimate pet window shade and the Bicycle Basket and the Cozy Car-Go for pet comfort and safety.

  • The travel kit from Eurogroup looks like a traditional suitcase with handle that you can roll behind you and includes a carrier for your pet, a sport bag for your pet's belongings and rain cover. The company also offers the PetTube, a tunnel shaped, collapsible structure for the car that folds flat when not in use.

    Save Vacation Tips

    Here are some tips from APPMA for a safe vacation with your pet:

  • Call ahead to make sure that your pet will be welcomed wherever
    you are staying.

  • Make sure your pet's vaccinations are current and that you carry
    summarized medical records. Many places may require a health certificate.

  • Have identification on your pet at all times with a phone number and area code in case your pet decides to take a vacation of its own.

  • Check with local veterinarians about local hazards such as toxic
    plants, ticks and heartworm, Lyme's disease or rattlesnakes.

  • If your pet is a creature of habit, take the pet's usual food and
    some of the pet's toys with you.

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