Pet Travel Carriers

Selecting The Best Pet Travel Carriers

Pet Travel Carriers

It is not hard to select the right type of pet travel carrier -- but many pet owners are concerned to choose the right type so as not to harm their beloved pet, or make travel with them unnecessarily difficult.  So we have written this article to give you some good, solid general guidelines -- some things to think about before you make your purchase --

Before purchasing any pet travel carrier, you need to think about the types of travel that you have done in the past, and will be doing in the future.  You need to select a pet travel carrier that is suitable for that kind of travel that you intend to do.  For example, a pet travel carrier that would be used for taking your pet on a camping trip will need to be designed to withstand the rigors of the outdoors, while a pet travel carrier designed for use on an airplane may need to provide sturdy protection from luggage and other large objects stored nearby.

Some types of pet travel carriers are designed specifically for certain types of travel -- for example, pet travel carriers designed to be used in an automobile may require them to be strapped securely in place with the seatbelts, or placed on the floor.  These types of pet travel carriers are usually designed to fit certain sizes and models of vehicles, and other types may not be usable.

Of course the proper selection of a pet travel carrier will be one that will allow your pet to be comfortable as well as fully protected while traveling.  You may, for example, stay away from the use of a pet travel carrier composed of a wire bottom, as walking on wire may prove to be very uncomfortable for your pet.

Another component of a comfortable and humane pet travel carrier is to make sure that it is roomy enough for your pet to move around in.  If your pet will not be traveling a long distance, or for a long period of time, then you may be able to get by with a pet travel carrier which is smaller, but ordinarily if your pet will be traveling a long distance, it should be able to get up and move around inside of the pet travel carrier.

And for traveling long distances -- especially if you will not be able to have access to your pet, such as when traveling by airplane -- you should make sure that your pet travel carrier is equipped with water and food dishes, or at least water receptacles.  Of course, giving your pet food and water while traveling will also increase the likelihood that they will need to relieve themselves, but in certain circumstances you may have no choice -- you don't want your pet to become dehydrated while traveling in their pet travel carrier, especially when the temperatures begin to rise.

Finally, make sure that your pet is well trained to enter and leave their pet travel carrier.  This training should occur at least several months in advance of your planned departure date.  One of the easiest ways to do this would be to place your pet in its pet travel carrier while you are still at home, for brief periods of time.  You might then be able to get them to spend the night in their pet travel carrier, when the entire household goes to sleep.  Finally, you can have them go into their pet travel carrier while you leave your house for brief periods of time -- perhaps to go shopping or do other errands, or perhaps even to go to work.