WORLDWIDE PET RELOCATION
What is an airline approved carrier?
Should I feed my pet before shipping?
When preparing your pet for their flight, it is best if they travel on an empty stomach. The reason for this is to avoid any hazards which could arise from gastrointestinal distress caused by motion sickness. We advise, for morning flights, to feed the evening prior to the flight but, not to feed the morning before the flight. For an evening flight, we recommend you feed no less then 5 hours prior to the flight. In addition, be sure to always have fresh water available, keeping your pet well hydrated is the most imperative factor. For all dogs, especially for active, high energy dogs, it's important to keep a good exercise routine the days prior to the flight and mild exercise or walk the day of travel.
Please be aware, just because a carrier is labeled "Airline Approved" does not always mean it is approved by ALL airlines or ALL breeds. Every airline has their own regulations and some airlines require, what they consider to be "fighting breeds", to use wooden carriers. Most often, for transport originating in the US, we use carriers made from a heavy duty plastic shell, with ventilation on all 4 sides, and has metal screws and bolts to connect the top & bottom. It is important to use, not necessarily the cheapest carrier but, the strongest most durable one. We sell and recommend Sky Kennels but also recommend the Deluxe Vari Kennels, both of which are made by Pet Mate.
There are a number of factors that determine that total cost of your pets' transport. These factors include the number of animals being transported, if the animals are transported together (on one airway bill/flight) or separately, the weight & size of the carrier the pet travels in, the origin & destination, and the services you request. Keep in mind, Jet-A-Pet is not an airline and we are a not less-expensive option then to either 1) fly the pet as "excess baggage" when you fly on the same aircraft OR; 2) if you are transporting your pet Domestically and do not require pick-up and delivery service at the origin or destination, book the flight yourself.