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The Pet Travel Carrier You Need For On The Go
by Carol Arnold
Whether you're taking a trip to your local veterinarian or a trip across country, how to
transport your pets is always a consideration. The right pet travel carriers can make your
journey less stressful for your beloved pets and less of a hassle for you. But what constitutes
ideal dog carriers, cat carriers, and bird carriers? That depends upon your preferences, but
there are many available from which to choose.
Pet Wheeled Carriers
Typically, a pet wheeled carrier has a handle that makes it easy to pull, and some convert to
backpacks, car seats and beds. If you're looking for a multitasking wheeled dog carrier, make
sure that it is soft sided, is ergonomically contoured with padded shoulder straps, and includes
a safety strap that attaches to your dog's collar. Most importantly, be sure to purchase the
proper size: small pet carriers are typically ideal for dogs up to 8 pounds; medium pet carriers
are good for dogs up to 15 pounds; and large holds dogs up to 30 pounds. Keep in mind that
the weight of your pet is not the only factor in choosing the properly sized pet carrier; the
critical question you should ask yourself is whether or not your dog will be comfortable in the
While some pet wheeled carriers resemble luggage, others resemble baby strollers. You can
find heavy-duty pet strollers that, like baby strollers, have push-button folding for flat storage.
Look for a stroller that has both front and back zippered entrances, as well as a mesh
ventilated pet compartment. For safety's sake, select one that has front suspension and
locking brakes. Strollers are ideal for older or ill pets, and work well for puppies and kittens, as
well as other small animals.
Front Pet Carriers
A front pet carrier is a styled like a vest, and allows you to carry your pet hands-free wherever
you go. Pet front carriers are ideal for virtually any small animal, from dogs and cats to rabbits
and ferrets. You can cuddle your pet in the kangaroo pouch of a pet front carrier and keep
your animal close to your heart.
When shopping for a pet front carrier, look for one with adjustable shoulder straps, a waist
strap for stability, a safety leash collar attachment, and a firm padded bottom to keep your pet
comfortable. If your pet likes to "hang loose," models have openings for legs and the tail.
Pet Travel Carrier Totes
Today, of course, pet totes are all the rage, and you can choose from among any number of
utilitarian or designer pet carriers. From those made out of straw to those made out of faux
crocodile leather, there is a designer pet carrier to complement every outfit in your wardrobe.
When shopping for a pet tote, make sure to select one that is easy to open and that has
proper ventilation. Gripper feet on the bottom help keep the tote from sliding around, while an
extra pocket comes in handy for holding pet essentials.
If you're a bird owner, have you ever considered taking your bird on an outdoor adventure?
Backpack bird carriers are smaller than birdcages, but allow you to take your pet on hikes, bike
rides, and boating trips, as well as to the veterinarian. When shopping for bird carriers, look
for a strong, stainless steel cage with removable and replaceable perches. Make sure that the
shoulder straps are padded for your comfort, and that the cage door loads from the back for
Pet travel carriers are a necessity, but they can also add some style and adventure to your
life. Best of all, you'll be able to take Max or Princess with you to more places than ever before!