Dog carriers are available in many types, colors, models, and prices. With plenty of choices, it should not be difficult for pet owners to choose a perfect one that’s comforting for the pets and easy to deal with for the owners. If you have to travel on a plane, however, you have a number of parameters to consider; some airlines have strict rules about size and weight, so you must put that requirements into account. Here are some tips you may find helpful.
1. Measure your dog
As a general rule in choosing dog carrier, you have to measure the dog to decide the perfect carrier for it. The most important measurement is the height or distance from the floor to the dog’s shoulder, not the head. Although it is certainly more comfortable if your dog can move freely inside the carrier, it actually spends most of its time during the flight lying down, either stretched out or curled up. Also, a dog does not need to completely raise its head in case it wants to turn around. When purchasing in-cabin dog carrier, use the measurement to find the minimum height to make sure your dog will be comfortable. Another important thing is how much your dog weighs. Some airlines make weight restriction for pets, and the restriction varies from airline to airline. Please make sure your dog complies with the rules and buy a dog carrier so to make your pet comfortable.
2. Good-quality carrier
Good quality carriers are mostly expensive, but they are always good investments if you travel often. Such carrier will be sturdy enough and have enough features to make your pet comfortable. However, this is not probably necessary if you intend to travel for one time only with your dog. For example, if you are relocating to another city out of your current state, you may not need to buy top-of-the-line dog carrier. As long as the carrier is comfortable enough, even an inexpensive carrier is good for the one-time trip. Some features you can expect in a good quality dog carrier include ventilation panels, visual access from the top, patting access, and good zippers.
Most airlines must you to have a dog carrier with ventilation panels at least on two sides, enough room for the pet to turn around, padding, water-repellant fabric, and the carrier has to be able to contain the pet completely.
3. Consider a dog carrier with wheels
In case your flight will be long enough that there will be a layover, you will want to take your pet to a relief area and then return to security when the time is up. In some airlines, pet relief areas are conveniently located, but not all airlines are equal. Sometimes you have to hurry to reach the area and hurry back to security again. A dog carrier with wheels can be a huge help in this case. The wheels will add dimensions, so put this into account as well.