Best Small Dog Car Seats of 2018

For humans, it’s a no brainer: get into a car and buckle up. Last year, car accidents accounted for an astounding 40,000 deaths in the United States. Using seat belts greatly increases your chances for survival, something we’ve known for a long time. But as much as parents worry about their kids, there’s another family member they’re forgetting. The family pet.

Currently, over 84% of dog owners travel in a car without restraining their pet. Without any sort of safety belt or restraint, there’s real possibility your family pet could be seriously hurt or killed on car ride. And it’s not just accidents, either: one owner learned the hard way, when her labrador retriever was ejected out the window of her backseat as she merged onto a four lane highway.

Luckily, her dog survived, but making trips with your pet in a safe manner is not only necessary, but easy and affordable.

To clear away out the clutter, we’ve selected the best small dog car seats of 2018:

The Versatile Dog Car Seat:

Looking for a car seat that can be used in a variety of ways? That’s more or less what the FidoRido Pet Car Seat offers, with a three in one booster system. It’s well-designed, coming with a fleece comfort top which can convert as a bed; a two-strap restraint and harness system; and a bottom to boost pets to window level, which doubles as a tub. Cons: At a little over a hundred dollars, it’s on the pricier side. You’ll also need to make sure you are careful to order the proper harness size. Also, if you already have a travel bed and tub or don’t want these features, you could look into a less expensive model.

Fido Rido Seat

FidoRido Pet Car Seat

Pros:
Fleece comfort top
Converts to travel bed
Cons:
Higher price

The Comfortable Dog Car Seat:

Long trips call for comfortable napping spaces. Many car seats place an emphasis on comfort so your dog will feel more at ease. The Snoozer Lookout Car Seat has comfortable foam, faux wool interior, and sherpa lining for temperature control. Fancy, right? With a harness system and multiple fabric and color options, it’s an attractive option at just under under $70. The Snoozer Lookout II model boasts more or less of the same features, with the addition of a storage tray and the ability to accommodate breeds up to 40 lbs, as compared to 25 lbs for the original model. The Snoozer II is also a bit pricier, at over one hundred dollars.

Snoozer Lookout I

Snoozer Lookout I Car Seat

Pros:
Stays cool in the heat
Included harness
Color options
Cons:
Tricky to assemble
Snoozer Lookout II

Snoozer Lookout II Car Seat

Pros:
Stays cool in the heat
Included harness
Storage for treats, etc.
Cons:
Tricky to assemble
Price

The Affordable Dog Car Seat:

On the lower priced end of the spectrum, there are many choices, but only a few worthy of your pet (and your money). To be clear: you want to make sure that your pet’s safety comes first, so looking at professional and customer reviews is always advised. That said, the PetSafe Solvit Tagalong Pet Booster Seat may be a good balance between the two. The more modest retail price of $44.95 is more affordable, but also still offers many of the desired features of a pet safety seat. The design is also unique and great for tight spaces: straps allow the seat to be hung from headrests, and the seat itself is also adjustable– meaning the smallest pup can still see out the window! The liners can be removed separately for cleaning purposes, and the inside is lined with fleece for comfort and warmth.

PetSafe Solvit Deluxe

PetSafe Solvit Tagalong Deluxe Pet Booster Seat

Pros:
Easy to Clean
Low cost
Adjustable
Cons:
Meant for very small dogs
Not as comfy as other options

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