airline approved pet carriers

Airline Approved Pet & Animal Carriers

Whether it’s a short trip to France or a long haul flight to Australia, your pets will always need to travel in an IATA approved travel carrier and one the most important points to remember when preparing your pets for their flight, is pre-flight conditioning to the new crate.

In doing this, not only will your pets grow accustomed to being inside the kennel, they will feel safe, secure and relaxed during their journey.

Here at PBS Pet Travel we supply a range of airline approved pet carriers and can deliver them to your home in plenty of time before relocation begins. In this way your dog or cat will have time to get used to their animal carrier, leading to a more enjoyable travel experience for both you and your pet.

Getting your pets familiar with their carrier

When introducing your pets to the animal carrier for the first time, it will need to be done gradually and in a positive manner. You should not force your pet inside or shut them in when they are anxious or stressed, as this will cause them to associate the kennel with an unpleasant experience, which can make acclimatization very tricky. It is vital that you praise and reward your pet throughout the process.

Try and encourage your pets to enter the kennel voluntarily as much as possible. You can do this by placing treats, toys or a favourite bed inside the crate. once your pets have entered the kennel off their own accord, let them come and go as they please until they are fully confident in entering and leaving.

Try to get your best friend to use the pet carrier as a place where they can go to rest and relax. placing the kennel in a spot where your pet would usually sleep can be a good way to do this.

Pet Carrier Tips for Stubborn Pets!

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Getting pets used to their kennels can sometimes be hard work, below are some tips which may help:

  • Putting only the bottom half of the kennel up at first and  encouraging your pet to enter – half a kennel can seem a lot less daunting! As your pet becomes used to only half the crate, you can then add the top half and eventually, the door too.
  • Encouraging your pets to eat their dinner near to the kennel at first, and placing the bowl closer each time, until your pet is happy to eat inside the crate.
  • Make sure the door is held open, or put your kennel together without the door, so that your pets know they can get out of the kennel, if they decide to go in.

Nervous pet?

If you have a particularly nervous pet, or a pet who suffers from anxiety or travel sickness, you can ask your vet to supply Feliway (for cats) and Adaptil (for dogs) – which are sprays that release pheromones, to help calm and reassure your pet during stressful situations. The spray can be applied to the inside of the travel kennel, car or the bedding.

Adaptil and Feliway are a natural and convenient way to help comfort your pets during travel – they do not alter blood pressure and are completely safe to use before flights.

Carrier Size

It is extremely important that you have the correct size travel kennel for your pet and that it meets the current IATA regulations. If you already have your own travel kennel, PBS will be able to advise whether or not it is suitable for travel. If you do not have your own kennel, PBS can supply standard sized plastic Vari-Kennels and bespoke wooden crates.

So that we can ensure the correct sized animal carrier is provided for your pet, we will need to know your pet’s exact measurements. Please see this guideline for measuring your pet.

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