Can You Rent a Dog Travel Crate?

Dear PetRelocation,

I've never flown internationally with my dog before. Does Lufthansa Airlines rent dog crates?




Hi Nicolae,

Thanks for your question! First, here are a few basic international pet travel tips that may come in handy, and here are the pet import requirements for the United States.

To answer your question, no, Lufthansa does not currently rent crates (and neither does any airline, to our knowledge). You'll need to buy your own airline-approved travel crate at a pet store or online.

Since many pet travelers use crates just once and then sell them, it may be possible to buy a used dog travel crate and save a little money. We'd recommend checking out eBay or another online marketplace to locate one, or you can ask your vet if they have any advice.

Just be careful, though: it's important that pet travel crates be in good condition, so if you buy a used one make sure it's been stored in a temperature-controlled environment and isn't cracked or warped in any way. Saving a few dollars isn't worth it if it means compromising your pet's safety.

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, and good luck with your travels.


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Nicolae
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Medium Size Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed Breed
From: Romania

Need help? Contact PetRelocation to discuss your safe pet shipping options.


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2014 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Airlines, Ask the Experts




United States, EU


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By JuliAnne on March 18, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Is there any company in the US that rents crates for airline shipment of pets? Thanks.

By Ravi on December 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

Relocation need for pet from Delhi to banglore

By Christina at PetRelocation on December 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

Hello, Ravi!

For a move within India, we recommend first contacting one of several local pet shippers listed on the IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) website. You can search the directory by country. This would be a much more cost-effective option since we are located in the US.

If you prefer to work with PetRelocation on this move or get a quote for our services, we'd be happy to help! Just fill out our Arrange a Move form and a relocation consultant will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Thank you!

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