Kennel Preparation Tips
Americans love their pets. In fact, there are over 412 million pets in the US alone. This is their proportion so that you can get a better idea which animals are most favored.
- Fish 187 million (about 44% of all pets)
- Cats 96 million (about 23%)
- Dogs 79 million (about 19%)
- Other 58 million (about 14%)
When it comes to traveling, between 15 and 19% of all adults have taken their pets with them while traveling during the last three years. According to the department of transportation, over 500,000 pets in the US fly each year. This, of course, is not due to the fact that people do not like spending money on a pet sitter but to the fact that they like to have their pets around them at all times.
If you plan to travel with your dog, however, you will need to buy an airline kennel. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right size:
- length = base of tail to tip of nose + (? the dog’s leg length)
- width = shoulder width x 2
- height = paws to top of the head/ears
Once you have purchased the kennel, you will need to do some additional preparation before the flight.
1. On the Inside
- Provide a comfortable and absorbent bedding material for your pet.
- Attach a water and food dish to the inside of the door.
2. On the outside
- Stick a “Live Animal” sticker and up arrow stickers on both sides.
- Use metal bolts, instead of plastic, to hold the top and bottom halves securely shut.
- Tape a note with your flight number and contact info, plus your pet’s name, age, and photo in case your pet escapes.
- Tape an extra bag of your pet’s food to the outside so that airline personnel can feed them in the event of delay or emergency.
- Keep in mind that airlines restrict the number of kennels allowed within one cabin. If you plan to take your pet as a carry-on, call your airline in advance to make sure there is enough room. In the event there is not any space in the plane, you can call a pet sitter and leave your four-legged friend in Seattle, WA. The most reliable professional in town is Adorable Pet Lodge.
Leave your pets to us, and we promise to bring them back to you healthy and happy!