Category Archives: Pet Travel

The Right Kennel


Choosing the right kennel for your pet is extremely important. There are a variety of kennels that can simply seem like the right one, but there are certain things to be aware of.


  • Bolts! Kennels can be overlooked very easily and sometimes we can confuse the different styles, as they appear to look very similar. Some come with latches and others with ceiling doors. Here’s a tip; if the cost is too good to be true, don’t buy it! Be sure to inspect it thoroughly to ensure they come with bolts.
  • Metal Door – Metal doors are required for all kennels. Plastic doors are not acceptable.
  • Ventilation – Kennels should have an opening on all four sides. If traveling internationally or if you are moving a short-nose breed pet, having ventilation on all sides is a requirement.
  • Size – Getting the right size is crucial. Be sure that the pet is able to stand up comfortably and able to move around. Some airlines require at least a 4” clearance from the top of the pet’s head to the kennel’s ceiling (see chart below for different kennel sizes).

Different Kennel Sizes



We’ve created a visual reference of the different types of kennel styles you’ll see at pet stores. We hope you find it useful!


Airline Approved vs. Non-Airline Approved

Airline Approved vs. Non-Airline Approved

Avoiding Pet Travel Stress


Pet travel can be a stressful time not just for your pet, but for you as well. Relocation means serious planning. Here are some insightful tips to make your pet’s move go a little smoother.


1. Plan ahead. If you are traveling internationally, look into it 6-8 months in advance to ensure you have enough time to meet the country’s import requirements.
2. Research! Study the destination’s pet requirements whether it is domestic or international to ensure you are meeting all required regulations.
3. Prepare and finalize your bookings. Book your veterinarian appointments as early as possible to ensure your pet is seen accordingly and guarantee that your pet receives all the necessary treatments. Also, booking your pet’s flight ahead of time is essential in ensuring availability. You might also need to perform other bookings depending on the country (i.e. quarantine, USDA, etc.)
4. Buy an airline approved kennel a few weeks early. It is extremely important that you measure your pet’s height and length to ensure that they meet the necessary room clearance. They must have enough room to stand up and move around. Most airlines require a 4 inch clearance from the top of their head to the kennel’s roof.
5. Kennel training. Leave your kennel open in your living room, bedroom, or wherever your pet feels comfortable hanging out. This will allow them to familiarize themselves with the kennel and feel more comfortable getting inside the day of the move.
6. Move day! Arrive early! Domestic moves usually require that you check-in the pet 2-3 hours before the flight’s departure. International moves can be anywhere from 4-6 hours. So do your homework and ensure you get there on-time!


There are many other options you can choose from to assist with your pet’s move. Hiring a pet transportation company can be very helpful if your budget permits. 1-800-Pet-Taxi provides different packages starting from the mid $800’s to assist with your pet’s move. We are always more than happy to answer any questions if you’re planning/coordinating your own pet’s move.


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