Early Christmas presents for motorists and their pets

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A young woman sitting in her car and a dog drinking water from a bowl
A young woman sitting in her car and a dog drinking water from a bowl

• Motorists often traveling with their pets can purchase items to make trips easier for their four-legged friends.

• Items listed are a net barrier and a portable water bottle.

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Takealot, South Africa's leading online store, is also running several specials on deals customers never knew they wanted. This comes just in time for the festive season as we build up for Christmas.

But with the festive and holiday season comes the need to take to the road, and it's unlikely that we'll keep our four-legged friends at home. Knowing that our pets will make the journey with us, we thought about items that would make the trip much more bearable - for both pet and owner.

One item we particularly gravitated towards is the backseat pet car barrier. This item clips onto the front seats' headrests and lower sections. This barrier prevents pets 1) from moving to the front of the car and distracting drivers, and 2) being hurt when the vehicle comes to a sudden standstill. The cargo netting is flexible and can wrap around seats of different shapes and sizes, regardless of the type of vehicle you're driving.

This item is listed on Takealot for R219 and comes with a six-month warranty. It's ideal for small dogs weighing between 4-10kg.

Backseat pet car barrier dog travelpProtectors

Did you know that an animal, when in an enclosed car, experience the heat more intensely than a human? So, while we take to the road with our pets in the car and the aircon on, pets still experience the heat far worse than their owners.

This portable water bottle is simple to use and ideal for when you and your pet are not near water to quench its thirst. To use, just fill the container with water and screw on the bowl-top cap. When your pet requires a sip of water, squeeze the bottle, and the water will pump into the bowl. When finished, just release your grip on the bottle.

This item is listed on Takealot for R300 and comes with a six-month warranty.

Portable water bottle for pets
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