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Flying with a Pet

• The travel box should be big enough to allow your pet to be able to stand up, in a normal position, lie down and turn around in. Your dog’s head/ears should NOT be touching the top of the travel box. To measure your pet: height is measured from top to bottom in a standing position, while length is measured from nose tip to the base of the tail.


A further 10cm in height and length is then added in order to comply with airline regulations.



• Your travel box must be fitted with an attached water container. You can use a normal tupperware or plastic bowl for the water, so long as it’s attached to the pet container, even if it means using cable ties to connect the water bowl to the mesh door of the travel box. You can also use a slow-release water bottle but make sure your dog is familiar with how this works before you fly.

The airline will fill the water bowls before and after the flight so if the water spills out, your dog won’t dehydrate, but the water bowl must be easy to reach as they won’t be opening the carrier door to get to the water bowls.

• You can put a blanket, toy and/or chew into the travel box, but no raw, wet or dry food that the dog might choke on.

• You will need to use cable ties (or similar) to double lock the door of the container so that it can’t come loose during the trip.

• The mesh door and the clips on the carrier should be metal, although most Vari kennels - the preferred travel crates - now have heavy-duty plastic clips that are acceptable.

But we do recommend taking additional cable ties to ‘double-lock’ the carrier. The last thing you want is a clip being bumped open in commute and your pet running loose in the hanger or worse, the plane itself.

A word of warning though: it would be advisable to make contact with your airline before you travel to follow up and ensure that there are no changes to the rules/additional requirements in the meantime. We also recommend you let your vet know of your travel plans incase there are additional vaccinations or concerns he may have with your pet travelling.

Please also be aware that most airlines won’t allow you to travel with both dogs in 1 carrier.

A handy tip from one of our customers who bought a Skipper carrier from us for their Yorkie: try fly during the week so all the necessary staff are on hand/easily contactable, and see if you can check-in early, before the crowds, so your dog can be settled somewhere quiet before the pre-boarding rush.

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