Small Dog Carrier

by Ernie Gorrie ⌂ @, Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:48 (13 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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