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Choosing the Perfect On-Board Airline-Approved Pet Carrier


Planning a pawsome vacation with your furry first mate? 

Don't let finding the perfect pet carrier hold you back! 

Traveling with your pet can be a remarkable experience, but choosing the right airline-approved pet carrier is crucial for a smooth and stress-free flight for both of you.

Buckle up for our guide to airline-approved pet carriers.

Your 3-Wags Rundown

  • Every airline has specific rules for pet carrier size and weight limits. Before you shop, check the airline's website for their exact requirements.
  • Your pet needs enough space to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably inside the carrier.
  • A sturdy pet carrier with secure closures and ample ventilation is needed to keep your pet safe and happy during the flight.

Understanding Airline Pet Carrier Regulations

Before you jet set with your pet, understanding airline pet carrier regulations is the first step! 

Every airline has its own rules, so it's essential to check the airline's website directly. Look for information on:

  • Maximum dimensions for the pet carrier (length, width, and height). Remember, these dimensions usually include the wheels and handles, so factor those in when measuring.
  • Weight limitations for the pet carrier with your pet inside. 

To give you a better idea of what to expect, this is generally accepted (but only sometimes, so check first!).

Size Restrictions

Pet carrier size guidelines are important. Your pet carrier needs to fit under the seat in front of you. Most airlines allow a maximum height of 9 inches and a length that fits comfortably under the seat (about 18.5 inches long x 13.5 inches wide). 

Remember, your pet should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably inside.

Weight Limits

There are weight limits for pets traveling in the cabin, including the weight of the carrier. This typically peaks at about 40 lbs. for the combined weight of your pet and the carrier.

Costs & Paperwork

Take a look at what the charge is; depending on the airline, it can vary from about $99 to an extra ticket each way. Typically, service animals can fly for free, but you must submit the paperwork beforehand. 

Some airlines require paperwork to be filed at least seven days before departure. You and your pup (or kitten) must also board early. 

Top Tip! Don't wait until the last minute to check these regulations. Knowing the airline's requirements early on will help you narrow your search for the perfect pet carrier.

Making Your Pet's Flight a Furever Memory

Now that you know the regulations, let's discuss making your pet's flight comfortable and safe! 

Here are some features to look for in a travel-friendly pet carrier.

  • Ventilation. Plenty of mesh panels on all sides allow for good airflow, keeping your pet cool and comfortable.
  • Spacious Comfort. Your pet should be able to stand up comfortably, turn around freely, and lie down in a relaxed position. A cramped carrier can be stressful for your pet during the flight.
  • Security. Look for a carrier with secure latches and locking zippers to prevent escape attempts.
  • Bedding. A comfy, absorbent pad will help keep your pet cozy and provide a familiar scent.
  • Leak-Proof Lining. Accidents happen, so a leak-proof lining is a lifesaver (and floorsaver!)
  • Food and Water Bowls. Some carriers even have built-in food and water bowls, making travel feeding a breeze.
  • Security and Stability. Look for a carrier with a flat, sturdy base to prevent tipping and wobbling.
  • Easy Access. Look for a carrier with easy-open doors so you can quickly access your pet during security checks or when needed. 
  • Bonus Feature. Consider a travel-friendly pet carrier with wheels or a shoulder strap for easy transportation through the airport.
  • Room to Grow. If you have a young puppy or kitten, consider a slightly larger pet carrier to accommodate their future growth.
  • Pro Tip! Measure your pet carefully (length, height, and width) before shopping for a pet carrier. This will help you choose a carrier with enough space for your furry friend to relax comfortably.

Ready to Shop?

Now that you've armed yourself with all the knowledge you need to select a stellar pet carrier, it's time to find the perfect fit for your furry travel companion.

Head to our Cute Pet Supplies online shop and get ready for your next adventure together!

 

 

 

 

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