Small Dog Carrier

by Zihuaholic, Tuesday, March 06, 2018, 12:24 (135 days ago)

I would be grateful for recommendations as to where in Zihuatanejo we might acquire:

(a) an animal carrier large enough for a small dog (about 10 lbs) and suitable for checking in the cargo hold of an airplane; and

(b) a hard or (indeed, preferably) soft-sided carry-on animal carrier (no more than approximately 10.5" high x 15.5" wide, and 21.5" long).

The vet on Ejido does not have any. Alas, my Spanish skills are insufficiently proficient to allow me to communicate effectively with anyone I have interacted with at SPAZ / the Humane Society.

Thank you / Gracias

Small Dog Carrier

by Catmando, Tuesday, March 06, 2018, 12:49 (135 days ago) @ Zihuaholic

I have a used one you can purchase. I used it when I moved my cat down. There are many carriers that say they are airline approved, but when I looked in to it, few that actually meet the airlines specifications. I made the modifications to make it airline approved for my 25 pound cat. Alaska Airlines had no problem. Google "Pets on Planes" for clarification. Anyway it is a hard-shell, vented on all sides. All of the sides are labeled "Live Animal" and there are pouches to put documents in etc. It is in Col. El Hujal. Leave a message and I'll give you the information. The carrier has to be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around. My cat is full figured so it should be ok for your dog.

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Small Dog Carrier

by Talley Ho @, Tuesday, March 06, 2018, 12:56 (135 days ago) @ Zihuaholic

Mega Soriana has both types most of the time. The vets, both of them, across the street from the Mercado also have them.

If you have adopted a pet down here, Good for You! Everyone helps!

Small Dog Carrier

by Ernie Gorrie ⌂ @, Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:48 (130 days ago) @ Zihuaholic

Before buying one, I suggest that you thoroughly research the requirements of any airline you will be using and buy the crate shortly before departure.

I bought two for our cats, based on airline requirements, and used them. When I traveled again, the airline had changed their requirements.

I bought two new ones based on the description I received over the phone.

I booked my flight and was given different requirements for the crates. I ended up having to buy a third pair of crates.

Also, check the requirements for food/water. I was told the cats had to be given water within a specific timeframe before travel and it was required the crate have a clip-on water bowl with water. I complied, filled the water bowl with ice so that it would not all spill out during the first half-hour with baggage handlers.

That was fine the first time. The next time, I was told I had to remove the water bowl because water was not permitted.

Also, if you have not already done so, confirm that the airline will take your pet. I flew repeatedly with my cat(s) in cargo to Zihuatanejo on Alaska. WestJet refused to take pets to Zihuatanejo in cargo “because of the temperature”. Inexplicably, they take pets to PV and Cancun in cargo!

(WestJet also accepts pets in cargo to Toronto and Ottawa in the summer, where it can be hotter than Zihuatanejo. So don’t assume an airline’s rules will be rational.)

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