If you’re planning to travel a lot this summer and plan to take your pet with you, you want to make sure you have a dog carrier that meets your pet’s specific needs. Most people think of the pet carrier’s they see at a local chain store, which are often plastic cases with metal link doors. These are serviceable, but for most pets you want to get something a little more.
The first thing to decide on is the size of carrier you need. Your pet should be able to comfortably stand up and have some room to move around. Measure your dog’s height and length and get something slightly larger. It shouldn’t be too big or it could tip easily or your pet could slide around too much while traveling. If it’s a puppy, then take into consideration how much you’ll use it before they’re full grown. If it’s only a couple times, then consider how big the puppy will be when full grown.
Pet carriers come in all styles and colors. You can find pet slings that go over your shoulder and carriers that look like purses. And just like a purse these carriers often have a number of compartments, which can come in handy for carrying treats, or your own belongings such as a cell phone or date planner. Another advantage to the purse style is that many business owners won’t know it’s a carrier if you have to stop into a store for a moment.
Portable carriers are easy to stow, but you need to make sure they have the proper ventilation. A quality carrier is sturdier, but that also means they can become hotter, especially in the summer. Many have mesh on them to allow your pet to look around and a number of styles can be opened slightly so they can pop their head out.
Pet carriers aren’t just used for traveling in a vehicle. If you’re constantly on the go and want to keep your pet close, a sling is a great way to carry a small pet (approximately 10 pounds or less). This keeps you from wearing your pet out from walking or having to stop constantly to let them regain their strength. Slings, as do many carriers, come with d-rings that can attach to the pet to keep them from suddenly leaping out, and in the process getting injured.
When purchasing a sling, take into consideration, not just if it’s comfortable for your pet, but also yourself.
Some other things to consider is how easy it is to keep your carrier clean and also if it has room to store some supplies.
Airline Approved Dog Carrier
If you and your pet fly frequently or it’s just a once in a lifetime trip, you still want a carrier that meets your needs, but most importantly its airline approved. After all, the last thing you want is to get ready to board a flight and find out your pet might not be able to fly.
Each airline has different restrictions, although most are close in their requirements.
- What is the limitation on the dimensions of the carrier?
- What are the requirements for weight?
- Are pets kept in the carrier for the entire flight?
- When are they fed and given new water.
With some airlines you can stow your pet and its carrier under your seat. This is only practical if your pet fits comfortably in their carrier and that this carrier can fit under comfortably under your seat.
It’s always better to call ahead before a flight if you haven’t flown in a while or check your airline’s website to make sure regulations haven’t changed. Again it’s better to know in advance then to put you or your pet under undue stress.
Designer Dog Slings and Pet Carriers
Once you’ve decided on what type of carrier you need for your pet, then start looking at the various styles and colors available. And if you really want to pamper your pet, then look at getting a designer pet carrier.
There are a number of designer lines available, all of which have their own unique strengths. Kwigy Bo designer carrier look like high end purses and have been featured in People, US Weekly, In Style, Shape, Lucky, Life & Style and many more.
Pet Flys carriers are more fun in appearance and as their name implies, they are designed as carry-on bags for airplanes. Tammy Arnett decided to design pet bags so she can take her dog on travels and over the past two decades travelers all over the world have utilized her carriers.
Once you’ve purchased a carrier introduce it to your pet in advance of the trip. This will allow them to get used it and think of it as their own. When traveling for an extended period, take along some of their favorite belongings such as blankets and toys. A carrier is designed to keep your pet safe, but there is no reason it can’t be their home away from home. Even while at home.