Pet Kennels and Carriers: Tips for Hassle-Free Air Travel with Your Pets

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Travelling is stressful as it is but travelling with a pet is extremely challenging — especially if you’re doing it for the first time. When it comes to moving your pet, you need the animal to be as comfortable as possible. Assuming that you’ve already done the math and have taken care of other requirements needed to travel with your pet, it’s time to choose the right container to transport your pet in.

The right kennel or carrier can help your pet cope with the anxiety of traveling and protect him from accidents too! Below are tips on how to choose the best type of carrier or kennel for your pet:

Choose One That Complies With Safety Regulations

Certain types of kennels or carriers are made for road travels and are not ideal for air travel. It’s important to know the difference between two. You don’t want to end up spending hundreds of dollars on a pet container that do not comply with safety regulations. We recommend doing your research first and not purchase a pet carrier on a heartbeat. Also, be sure to talk with your travel agency to determine what sort of things you need to look for when purchasing a pet carrier.

Choose the Right Size

The kennel or carrier will become your pet’s home away from home. It’s essential for a carrier to be as comfortable as possible, especially for longer air travel. Measure the length of your pet and buy a kennel according to his size, with a generous size allowance so your pet can move around without difficulty. Add his favorite toys to comfort him throughout the flight.

Make sure your pet’s food and water bowls are easy to access for filling. You may also add your pet’s favorite blanket or any other blanket to keep your pet warm.

Depending on the country you are travelling, your pet carrier should come in the right height and width. You will need to get the right measurements according to the size of your pet.

Choose the Right Construction

Kennels should be made with tough plastic and all hardware has to be installed the right way. The doors should be made with metal strong enough so the animal cannot damage it. The floors have to be leak-proof and stable. Most importantly, the carrier or kennel must have proper ventilation and nothing should obstruct the ventilation holes.

Carriers or kennels with receptacles installed outside the cage door are not allowed. Using wood chips or shavings to absorb waste is also not allowed.

Securing Your Pet

Outside the kennel, your pet’s name should be written clearly. You can post a short instruction on how to feed your pet so caretakers could attend to the needs of your pet. We recommend indicating the time and date of the last time you fed your pet. Stick “This Way Up” stickers on all four sides of the carrier and make sure that the kennel is nice and secure with all of its hardware placed the right way before tendering your pet.

Finally, if your pet is not used to traveling, we recommend doing practice runs. Travel on the road and take your pet, place him in the carrier to help him get used to it.