Now that you have measured your pet, it's time to purchase the travel kennel!
We recommend using a Petmate Sky Kennel.
We know how uncomfortable it can be for humans when you're flying on a plane, so imagine how your pet would feel if they were in a cramped space.
It's extremely important that your pet's travel kennel is large enough so that they are safe and comfortable. They must be able to stand up, sit down, lie down and spin around comfortably.
If the airline believes the travel kennel is too small for your pet at check in, then they may be refused for travel.
If your pet is a Brachycephalic breed (aka "snub-nosed"), you will need to purchase a kennel that is one size larger than normal.
Examples of brachycephalic breeds include: Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Cane Corso, Chow Chow, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug, Pekingese or Persian cats.
What if my dog is huge and doesn't fit in a standard travel kennel?
If your dog does not have enough space in the 48-inch giant plastic kennel, you will need to have a custom wooden kennel built for him or her.
You can either purchase one through us since we work with excellent custom kennel builders, or you can build your own. **We do not recommend building your own wooden kennel if you have not done so before since IATA has strict regulations for acceptable wooden kennels.
IATA has clear specifications to follow for travel kennels of all sizes. You can review the IATA live animal container requirements HERE.
Here are a few other items we recommend for your pet during their trip:
- Airline Kit - This includes a spill-resistant food and water cup, absorbent kennel pad, two 'Live Animal' stickers, a temporary Pet ID tag, a shipping identification sticker, 12 zip ties, (12) 1 & 1/4 inch bolts, (5) 1 & 3/4 inch bolts, (5) 1 inch bolts, 12 washers, and 12 nuts.
- **You do not need to attach the stickers, labels or zip ties - our drivers will handle this when we check your pet in for the flight.
- Crate Pad - These pads range in price depending on size and are specifically designed to fit the travel kennels. Your pet will thank you for it!
- Kennel Bowls - This travel cup is easy to refill without needing to open the kennel and features a no spill rim. It attaches to wire frame kennels and can also work with plastic kennels. Please be sure to purchase two bowls per pet!
Some airlines do not accept plastic nuts/bolts or "pegs" that hold the top and bottom together. The airline kit includes metal nuts/bolts to modify your kennel.