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As any pet parent will tell you, their furry friends are an integral part of the family, no matter whether they are a dog, cat, hamster, or more exotic animal.
While many pets unfortunately can’t tag along for your family’s adventures, dogs make great travel companions provided they’re comfortably and safely accommodated. Road trips are one of the easiest ways to satisfy your wanderlust these days, either on short day excursions or for longer road trips.
To make things more comfortable for you and your dog, one convenient seat cover is an ideal choice for your next getaway, and has the added bonus of keeping your car tidy.
What is it?
The Topelek Dog Car Seat Cover is an easy-to-install, and equally easy-to-remove, seat cover that features scratch-resistant and waterproof padding on all sides. Adjustable straps clip onto the front and rear headrests, and can be used either as a set cover or as a suspended hammock-like seating area for your pup to enjoy on the road.
A mesh window barrier allows you to see your pet from the front seat, and extra pockets allow room to store toys and treats within easy access. For extra safety, the hammock also comes with two dog seat belts that clip onto their harness or collar to keep pets securely in place while the car is moving.
Suitable for most vehicles and SUVs, the seat cover rings in at an affordable $50.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $50
What shoppers say about it
The car seat cover has already earned an impressive 4.6 star rating on more than 1,100 reviews, with Amazon shoppers praising its durable and easy to clean design.
“I have had covers in the past that were flimsy and shifted around but not this one!” shared one reviewer. “It has a grippy material along the bottom so it doesn't shift and does a great job of protecting the seats from my dog.”
“I have a lab so he is bigger and sheds [and] it collected allllllll the hair,” shared another. “With two easy shakes (outside of course) it all came right off! He had enough room to move around and play as well as lie down and get comfortable.”
One of the few downsides to this seat cover is that while it does come with two zippered side flaps to protect car doors, it can get finicky to have to open and close the flaps every time you let the dog in or out of the car.
“Overall I love this product. For a 5 star rating the mesh would need to be more durable and the side-flap zippers would need to be on the outside [since] it's awkward reaching over the flap to zip up the zippers from the inside,” noted one reviewer.
While great at keeping seats clean from fur, dirt and water, this car seat may not work for all families. It does take up an entire row of seating, so if your pet usually shares the back seat with kids, this may not be the best solution.
However, for many pet owners it’s been a convenient way to prevent damage to seats and windows, and offers a safe way to travel both short and long distances with your furry friends.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.