Traveling with a dog is great, but it can remind you that vehicles are designed for their human occupants first and foremost. Nissan Australia has introduced a series of specially designed accessories to make dogs more comfortable in the Qashqai, X-Trail and Patrol.
The Dog Pack includes a rear protective tray (or mat depending on the vehicle), a reflective trunk lip protector, an in-seat cargo organizer, an all-terrain dog bed and a four-part dog travel set pieces that includes a -store dog bowl, leash, poop bag holder and resealable food bag.
You can also opt for a ramp that extends up to 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) in length to make it easier for dogs to get in and out. This may be important for more than small dogs and older dogs, as a recent study from the UK found that dogs jumping in and out of SUVs lead to “increased levels of loading on anatomical structures” which could cause severe joint or bone damage.
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The package may also include a sturdy cargo barrier to keep adventurous dogs out of the cab and away from important vehicle controls.
“For many of us, our pets are like family, and now it’s easier than ever to take your dog with you on your next road trip, whether it’s to the local park or across the country,” says Nissan Australia Managing Director Adam Paterson. “The Nissan Dog Pack puts your furry friend first, with ramps, comfy beds, travel bowls for food and water, and new ways to organize your cargo space. You and your pet will love our new accessories.
Dog packs are offered for both small and large dogs, with prices ranging from AU$339 to AU$1,215 ($245 to US$879 at current exchange rates).