Pet Cages

Written by Sarah Provost
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Pet cages and kennels for travel have different requirement depending on the mode of transportation. For car travel, lightweight folding wire cages are the standard. There are even cages specifically designed to fit optimally in an SUV. Crates for air travel, however, are more often plastic kennels.

Pet Cages for Air Travel

Cats and small dogs can sometimes be accommodated in the passenger cabin, with advance permission. If this is the case, they can usually be carried on in a soft-sided carrier with screening to provide adequate ventilation. They must be confined in the carrier for the entire duration of the trip.

Most animals, however, will have to travel in the cargo hold. Pet cages for this circumstance must be marked "airline approved." They must be rigid, have adequate ventilation, have food and water holders, and bear identification tags and "Live Animal" stickers.

It's a good idea to get your pets used to pet cages before you travel. If you're using a plastic kennel, you can take the top off so the cage can be used as a bed when not traveling. Many plastic kennels come with wheels and a handle for easy movement through terminals, and larger wire cages can be placed on trolleys. There are natural relaxants on the market for traveling pets, but consult your vet before using any new drug. Note that animals should not be entirely sedated for air travel; high altitude and sedatives can be a dangerous combination.

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