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Which is the best dog car seat?

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 27/05/2015   Category: Blog

With the law stating that  dogs or pets  must be restrained in cars the sales of dog car seats has soared. Not only do dog car seats restrict your dog to prevent injury or distractions but they also lift the dog up to they can see outside which can prevent car sickness and make car journeys easier.

With so many different types and brands of dog car seats on the market it can be difficult to choose the right seat for your dog however we have chosen our favourite three to make things simpler for you.

In third place comes the Kurgo Skybox retailed at £54.99 which may appear quite steep considering this product can only serve smaller dog breeds due to its size. It can hold up to 30lbs in weight and comes in two colours, blue and orange. It works perfectly with the Kurgo harness as the dogs harness is connected to the seat itself whilst the cars seat holds the pet seat in place. The interior is completely washable so it’s get for keeping it hygienic and smelling fresh. It has collapsible sides so when it’s not in use its really easy to store away in the smallest of areas. The only area I would critisize would be that the main material used can appear to look quite cheap however overall it is a reasonable product but is only available in the one size.

In second place we have chosen the Solvit booster seat currently priced £30.99-£38.99 depending on size. The dog car seats come in 3 sizes, medium, large and extra large so can cater for a wide variety of dogs. It also comes in two finishes; the standard is a chic brown and cream faux sheepskin whilst the deluxe is cream quilt with a checked lining fabric. They all hold different weights dependant on size with the extra large having two tethers so you can have two dogs using one booster seat which is great for maximising the space in your car. Attaching this seat to your cars seat takes less than a minute and works in the same way as the Kurgo by attaching your dog to the seat with the tether provided. The products have a higher quality finish than the Kurgo and with the price being lower, so many customers  opt for these Solvit dog car seats.

In first place, the clear winner by a long way is the Solvit Pet Safety Seat priced at £39.99 for the standard and £44.99 for the deluxe version. It has the same style and finish as the other Solvit booster seats however it has two main differences. Firstly, it does not hang from the seat; it sits on it and is fixed using the seatbelt as you would a child’s car seat. Secondly and more importantly, it is the only booster seat in the UK to have been crash tested at a DOT approved facility which its tether being tested up to 2,000lbs. Whilst other booster seats can claim to keep your dogs safe, in the unlikely event of a crash they cannot guarantee this.

This  Pet Safety seat is the only one available on the market that is proven to be crash tested just like our own car seats and children’s car seats. So if you want the safest product around then this is a must have dog car seat.

When deciding upon the size of a dog booster seat you should always choose a size that means your dog can lie down as well as stand up for longer journeys. If you are in between sizes then always opt for the larger one as you can use blankets to fill the space that isn’t used.