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by Mandy Ekeroth January 23, 2019 3 min read

How to Choose the Best Airline Pet Carrier

Are you flying with your pet soon? If so, you'll need to purchase a pet carrier. Read on to learn how to choose the best airline pet carrier.

There are about 77 million pet dogs and 85 million pet cats in the US. And more and more pet owners are taking their pets with them on vacation. 

Read on to learn how to choose the best airline pet carrier for your furry friend.

Measure Your Pet

The best airline pet carrier is one that fits your pet well. That's why it's critical to weigh and measure your pet. 

You need to know your pet's height and length so that you can choose a carrier that is the correct size. After all, your pet is going to be in the pet carrier for a while when you travel by plane.

To get it right, measure from your pet's nose all the way to the base of the tail along the back. Then measure from the top of your dog's head to the floor.

When you are shopping for pet carriers, the manufacturer will list what size pet can fit in that carrier. It's always better to err on the side of too big than too small.

You should also weigh your pet on a scale. Most pet carriers and crates have a maximum weight allowance. This will keep your pet safe during a flight, so never neglect to follow the weight and size guidelines.

Check Your Airline

Each airline has rules about which types of carriers are acceptable for their flights. You will be able to find this information on the airline's website.

Make sure you check over these details before you travel to the airport. The last thing you want is to be denied boarding at the counter.

So what kind of rules do airlines enforce? Each airline will have regulations about the maximum carrier dimensions they will allow. They will also have rules about the weight of the carrier including the pet.

Many airlines will insist that the flooring of your pet carrier is leak-proof and bite-proof. Breathability is also enforced. Your pet needs adequate ventilation while in his or her carrier.

Your airline may also demand that your pet be able to turn all the way around while standing in his or her carrier.

Storage Compartments

The best airline pet carriers will have pouches or pockets for you to store your pet's necessities. Treats, a leash, a favorite toy, and extra food should be close at hand. 

This will make traveling more enjoyable for your pet and easier for you.

Ease of Storage

A key consideration when shopping for an airline pet carrier is ease of storage. Presumably, you won't be using the carrier every day.

So you want a carrier that's easy to store. Lightweight carriers are ideal because they can be stored almost anywhere - in closets, under beds, or on hooks in the garage. 

Leakproof and Washable

It's very likely that your pet will have an accident in your carrier. Especially if your pet is a nervous traveler.

You should ensure that your pet carrier can be washed easily. This will help with accidents as well as with cleaning up fur and food from the interior of the carrier.

Final Thoughts on Airline Pet Carriers

We hope this guide on selecting the best airline pet carrier has been helpful.

Remember, traveling with your pet can be stressful. A good pet carrier can make it so much easier.

Before you go, check out the best types of dog toys to keep your canine happy.

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