The top 10 rated US dog carriers for traveling with your small pet

We all love our pets, but taking them around with us on our travels isn’t the easiest thing in the world. The good news is more of of us are taking our pets with us on holidays and to meet that demand there are dog carriers out there can help ease the process of traveling with smaller pets.

There are quite a few things to consider when you’re looking to buy dog carriers with safety being chief among the considerations. Comfort, convenience, function and brand reputation should also be at the top of the list when shopping pet carriers.

Depending on the size of your pet and the type of journey that lies ahead, there are a number of options online that dog owners have given a big cyber stamp of approval.

Refinery 29 put together a top ten list of dog carriers for small dogs based on the opinions of pet parents in the US who are committed to finding and recommending the best of the best when it comes to all things pets.

Below is the list. (Images: Refinery 29)

  1. The Airline Approved Option(Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier, $40.49, available at Chewy).
    The style is approved by most airlines (check with your airline to be sure!).

    2. The Cozy Carrier. (PetAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack, $39.99, available at Amazon.

    Sturdy backpack, easy to use and to carry.

    3. The Tote. (Tucker Murphy Pet Travel Tote Pet Carrier, $24.99, available at Wayfair.)

    This stylish option is also sturdy enough to ensure safety for pets between 11 and 25 lbs.

    4. The Shoulder-Friendly Style (EliteFieldSoft Sided Pet Carrier, $29.99, available at Amazon.

    Durable, lightweight style with adjustable padded straps.

    5. The Pouch. Outward Hound PoochPouch Front Dog Carrier, $14.99, available at Chewy.

    Made for really small animals only, such as the dog showed in the photo.

    6. The Easy-Access Option. FriscoBasic Pet Carrier, $22.98, available at Chewy.

    Mesh panels allow for ample airflow, and the addition of a small zippered window means easy petting and treat-giving access.

    7. The Top Loader. (FriscoTwo Door Top Load Plastic Kennel, $28.47, available at Chewy.

    Users say the best feature is the top-loading door which simplifies the process of getting even the fussiest pets settled. Offers extra protection.

    8. The Always on the Go Option. (Good2GoUltimate Pet Carrier, $30.00, available at Petco.

    Can hold some smaller medium-sized dogs. In addition to its convenient zippered side pockets and ID slot, its fleece-lined interior provides comfort.

    9. The Convertible Style. (Pet GearI-GO2 Traveler Backpack & Rolling Pet Carrier,  $47.99, available at Chewy.

    Whether your travel plans call for a carrier, a car seat, a backpack, a roller or a tote, this option does it all.

    10. The Taylor Swift Inspired Option (built for cats). Blitzwolf Space Capsule Backpack, $42.00 $39.99, available at Amazon.

    A similar, fish-bowl-slash-space-capsule concept.

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