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Choosing the Right Pet Carrier for Your Pet

Apr 3, 2008
Whatever kind of pet or animal you own, a time may come where you are required to transport him or her. Whether it's just to give your pet a place to go or for an emergency visit to the vet, the why, where, and what will all play a role in the type of pet carrier you should get.

Choosing the Right Carrier for Your Pet

Pet carriers range from the mundane and generic to the elaborate and cushy. Depending on the type of animal you have and whether you're looking to transport or just take your pet for a walk, you'll have very different needs for a pet carrier, and all of these points will affect your decision.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when shopping for a carrier:

Animal Type and Size -- Obviously a large dog will need a bigger carrier than a cat, while a bird will have completely different requirements than their four-legged, non-flying friends.

Reason for Transport -- If you are just making a quick trip to the vet for booster shots or to have Buster's strange-sounding cough checked out, then something elaborate probably isn't going to be necessary or wanted. On the other hand, if you're planning on using it to take your pet on long walks, something larger with an open top or port holes to allow your pet to see out and is also easy to move about (something more like a carriage maybe) will make your pet more comfortable and will be easier on you.

Length of Trip -- If you'll be out for a long time, a pet carrier with built-in feeders might be appropriate.

Road Trip, or Walk Through the Park -- Pet car seats are available to help keep your pet safe on long car trips while a carriage-style carrier might be more appropriate while taking Fluffy to the park. Bicycle trailers are also available for those times you want to get in a good bike ride, but Killer gets overly stressed when left alone.

Your Pet's Comfort Level -- Pets who have grown up doing a lot of travelling will probably feel comfortable in virtually any sized carrier. However, if you've had a tendency to pamper your show-winning Abigail, then something that provides her with as much comfort as possible will help reduce stress during the trip.

In the end, your pet will probably be fine in just about any type of pet carrier. The decision will often come down to what is most convenient for you. Don't dismiss your pet's needs altogether though. The last thing you want is a vengeful cat on your hands!
About the Author
Pet Abbey (http://www.petabbey.com) offer a wide variety carriers and car seats allowing you to select the perfect pet carrier for your needs. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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