For domestic air travel, pets should have at least an inch of space over his/her head inside the crate, when standing. See our carrier sizing guide above.
Airline approved carriers are plastic “hardshell” kennels with a wire door. The two halves of the carrier should be fastened together with nuts and bolts (no clips). All sides of the top half should be ventilated.
Absorbent material is required as a liner at the bottom of the carrier. Puppy pads, towels, or even newspaper can be used. It is also helpful to place a T-shirt or small blanket with a scent of home to make your pet more comfortable.
Toys, bones and treats are prohibited inside the carrier
Two cups or crocks should be attached to the carrier door - one for food; one for water
Airlines will not accept pets that have been sedated prior to air shipping.
Tranquilizers may work well for pets that need to relieve stress in a home setting, such as in a thunderstorm or Fourth of July celebration, but pets should never be sedated for travel. Sedation may cause them to stop drinking water, and dehydration can kill! Please refrain from giving tranquilizers to your pets before or during travel, regardless of the mode of transportation.
100 Series Carrier
21”L x 16”W x 15”H
Recommended for: Cats, Toy Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, Miniature Pinschers, Pomeranian, Papillon
200 Series Carrier
28”L x 20.5”W x 21.5”H
Recommended for: Large Cats, Bassett Hounds, Beagles, Shelties, Mini Poodles, Lhasa Apsos, Cocker Spaniels
300 Series Carrier
32”L x 22.5”W x 24”H
Recommended for: Springers, Border Collies, Fox Terrier, Basenji, Keeshond
400 Series Carrier
36”L x 25”W x 27”H
Recommended for: Boxers, Dalmatians, Collies, Airdales, Setters, Australian Shepherds, Dobermans, Chow Chow, Britanny, Chinese Sharpei, English Springer Spaniels
500 Series Carrier
39”L x 26”W x 30”H
Recommended for: Afghans, Labrador Retrievers, Pointers, Shepherds, Rottweilers, Samoyed, Siberian Huskies
700 Series Carrier
48”L x 32”W x 35”H
Recommended for: Irish Wolfhounds, Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Greyhounds
** Please be advised that most airlines have restrictions or embargoes on certain breeds. Snub-nosed breeds that are subject to breathing issues should be placed in a carrier one size larger than the normal recommended size. American Bulldogs, Pit Bulls and other related breeds may require a reinforced carrier for air shipping. One airline-approved brand to consider is Zinger.
Although our specialty is ground transportation for pets, we understand that there are times that air shipping is more cost-effective and timely. We have assisted many pet owners over the years in flying their pets in and out of Florida airports. In addition to booking airline reservations for pets, we also offer the following services:
- Residential pickup with airport delivery and check-in
- Purchase and assembly of airline-approved pet carrier
- Veterinary appointment for USDA-required health certificate
- Airport collection with residential delivery
- U.S. Customs clearance
All of our drivers are TSA certified, knowledgeable, and in full compliance with airport and TSA regulations. Call us today to discuss your specific air shipping needs! (904) 924-9939