Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tips for Choosing a Pet Carrier for Airline Travel

Contact your airline for their requirements, not all airline requirements are the same. Some of the requirements will include the size of pet carriers both onboard and in cargo, a pet health certificate and proof of certain vaccines, subject to where you are flying to. There are mainly two types of carriers, a hard carrier or crate and a soft carrier.  Traveling with your pet isn’t always easy, this will help you prepare.

1)    How do I choose the size for my pet?
a.    Your pet must be able to lay down, stand up, and turn around without touching the top or sides.  If they touch the carrier is too small.  If the carrier is too large, your pet will not feel secure and may bounce around.

2)    How do I choose an airline approved carrier?
a.    The carrier has to have good air circulation as well as be secure enough to keep your pet from getting out. The carrier should be able to hold your pet be comfortable for the whole flight.  Recommend the carrier have a pocket to hold treats for airline paperwork.
b.    I would recommend the airline approved soft carriers for onboard travel because most airlines require you to put the carrier under the seat. As long as your pet(s) are small and do not disturb other passengers, they are normally allowed to travel with their owners. If your pet is an escape artist, use zip ties on the closures, do not use Velcro closures.
c.    I would recommend the airline approved hard carriers for cargo travel, it provides your pet some extra protection in case something gets loose in the cargo hold. These are normally for larger pets. If your pet is an escape artist, use zip ties on the closures, do not use Velcro closures.

d.    Once you have chosen a carrier call the airline to make very sure that they allow the specific carrier, crate or kennel.  

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