Video: How to Choose the Right Pet Travel Kennel

Travel Kennels for Pet Air Travel

Choosing the right pet travel kennel is one of the most important parts of setting yourself up for a safe, smooth pet relocation.

Ready to get started? Here's a quick video that shows you how to measure your pet, how to choose the correctly sized travel crate, and what qualifies as an “airline-approved” travel kennel.



Still have questions? Contact us if you'd like to discuss your pet move options with a PetRelocation Specialist.


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By Annette Jansen on September 3, 2018 at 5:21 am

Hi we're planning to fly from CT (SA) to NZ Would it not be better to give our 2 dogs tranquilizers for the time we're flying?

By on September 4, 2018 at 11:00 am

Hi Annette! Sedation is a big no-no for pets traveling in the cargo hold. Airlines will not allow pets to fly if they see they are sedated, as pets are known to react negatively to sedation at altitude & the sedation can cause different reactions when your pets are in the air. More information about making a it a safe trip for your pups can be found here. Hope this helps!

By Helen Wong on August 31, 2018 at 9:35 am

i have two rabbits, may I know what type of cage and size is allowed on Singapore Airline or Thaiairway?

By on September 4, 2018 at 10:57 am

Hi Helen! The crate must be made of hard-plastic or wood, ventilated on all 4-sides with mesh lining over the holes to ensure safety. Your rabbit can also travel with timothy hay in the bottom of it's kennel. Typically airlines require pets to travel in separate crates, but you'd want to check directly with the airlines on their policies. Here are the IATA live animal crate requirements for additional information. Hope this helps!

By Chirag N Raval on March 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

I was wondering if you'd know how does the airline take care of food and water. This is for a travel that is more than 24 hours or flight journey.Thanks in advance.

By Christina Q. on March 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Hi Chirang! The airline will fill the pet's water bowls before departure, as hydration is very important. Food is usuaslly not provided in order to prevent stomach upset or crate soiling during travel. However, on a long trip with a comfort stop many airlines feed pets. Hope this helps!

By Randy on October 5, 2017 at 11:53 pm

I have two dogs that I need to ship across the country. I was wondering how I go about getting a quote. Both dogs are less than 10 lbs and will be going from California to Maryland.

By on October 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

Hi Randy!

You can get a consultation and quote for our services by filling out our online form here. One of our consultants will then be able to walk you through our service options and pricing.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

By Zee on October 5, 2017 at 11:20 am

Why does the crate habe to be plastic? Can it be only metal?

By on October 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Hello Zee, thanks for your question!

Travel crates can be made of hard plastic, metal, or wood. You'll just need to ensure it meets country regulations along with IATA regulations. You can read more helpful tips about travel kennels here.

We hope this helps!

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