What’s the best way to transport a pet from point A to point B? The answer to that can depend on the distance traveled, the destination and the size and attitude of the animal. There are some dogs that are fine in small carriers or backpacks. But, others will do better in a rolling carrier. These carriers have wheels and a handle, which makes them look a little more like a suitcase. They are tough, convenient and often adapt into different styles for other situations. This usually means some form of backpack, but some turn into car seats and beds too.
The products below are all roller carriers for dogs and cats that offer that mode of transportation. Many are adjustable with different configurations, such a 4 or even 5-ways models. They all have a comfortable, spacious design with all the right features to make traveling even easier. Some will also have an added detail or quirk that may make them even more appealing to users. They also tend to come in a range of sizes, so make sure to measure your pet to find the carrier they need.
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1. Gen7Pets Geometric Roller-Carrier Backpack
The main focus with this carrier seems to be the convenience for the pet owner. The idea here is that users can pull the carrier behind them, a little like pulling a suitcase, which then makes it easier to negotiate streets and busy spaces. There is also the added convenience that comes from the storage pockets, the telescoping handle and the way that the system converts into a backpack. Users can be sure that this stylish system is suitable for all kinds of situations.
But, that doesn’t mean that this product isn’t going to be a hit with dogs too. This is a comfortable carrier with enough room for medium sized pets to move around and get comfortable. The top and front access point make it easy to use and there is plenty of mesh on the side windows for fresh air. This design means that it is also a great place to sleep during long journeys – such as underneath a seat on a plane.
2. Petsfit Pet Carrier with Removable Wheels
This PetsFit product takes a similar approach in that you can pull it along from behind. However, this one is a little larger and not designed for use on an airplane. The wire frame and strong sides mean that it doesn’t conform to quite the right dimensions. Even so, it shares most of the same features with the choice of entry points, the mesh ventilation panels on the sides and the storage pockets for important items.
The differences here – other than that height – include the addition of the fleece mat and the removable wheels. Removing the structure with the wheels and handle immediately transforms this into a stylish looking carry bag, complete with strong handles at the sides. This may be of more use when traveling by car or heading to the vet. The fleece mat adds a little more comfort to the carrier so that dogs can curl up in peace.
3. ibiyaya 4 in 1 Pet Carrier
Sometimes it is helpful to have a pet carrier that can cover every possible situation. The ones above have enough adaptability to allow for a couple of different transportation modes. Here we have a carrier that transforms from a more traditional carrier into a car seat, a backpack or a carrier on wheels. Users can flip the seat into a horizontal or upright position and use the wheelbase, handle and different straps as needed.
Whichever mode you choose, you can be sure that your dogs or cats will be comfortable. The carrier has high-quality foam padding and plenty of mesh for ventilation. The cover on the zippered door rolls back to give them a great view while they are wheeled or carried around. Alternatively, you can close it to give them a little more privacy. There is also a removable pad with a diaper sheet, just in case of accidents. It seems that the designers have put a lot of thought into this product, right down to the different colors.
4. Snoozer Wheel Around 4-In-1 Pet Travel Carrier
This Snoozer model is another that has a number of different applications for different needs. Many will buy this because it has that familiar wheelbase and handle to allow users to wheel it around the airport, mall or anywhere else. This element can then be removed to turn into a backpack, car seat or a bed. This bed feature is what makes this unique compared to the carrier above. The top and sides open out fully to allow for easy access into the soft interior. At the same time, when this is closed up and assembled for travel, it is a secure system with plenty of ventilation.
An added benefit here is that there are different sizes for different breeds of dog. There are smaller models that should be fine when traveling on airplanes with toy breeds. Then there are larger options for those that want something as adaptable and reliable for larger dogs.
5. Pet Gear I-GO2 Roller Backpack
There is a sense of “anything you can do, I can do better” with some of the brands of dog carrier. A 4-way system sounds like it should provide everything that dog owners need for all circumstances. The products above prove that this can be the case. Yet, there is this 5-way option that tries to take things further. Here the product converts from a roller bag to a barrier, car seat, backpack and tote. The tote isn’t the most practical option, but it is there for those that need it. The roller bag has a telescoping detachable handle and there are strong straps for the backpack.
One of the more helpful features with this adjustable model is the ability to add 3 inches with the expandable sides. This, plus the side pockets, may be a bit wide on a backpack. Still, it could help with carriers and roller bags. It also comes in a nice selection of colors, so there is some style to the product as well.
6. Paws & Pals Dog Pet Carrier Rolling Backpack
The final model here is one that looks like no-nonsense approach for traveling long distances with pets. It is airline approved, so there should be no problem taking this on flights. Some of the adaptable models above have a basic set of wheels and handle. Here there is a stronger telescoping handle with a good grip. The front and side of the roller have mesh panels while the rest is a durable, washable polyester. Users can also use this as a backpack if it is easier.
Many dog owners will appreciate the capacity of this backpack, not just in terms of the space for the animal, but also the size of the zippered pockets. This means that pets have plenty of room to move and their favorite toys and treats aren’t far away. The top opens out so that pets can easily climb in or out, but there is also a tether inside so they can’t escape.