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PetsAnimals and Natural DisastersIn a disaster, both domestic and wild animals may have been forced from their natural habitats, leaving them disoriented and possibly aggressive. Be smart and be safe, and follow these tips.Choosing and Using a Pet Crate for TravelCrates and carriers are necessities for pet travel and are required when for pets traveling by air. Keep your pet safe and sound by following these tips for purchasing and using a pet crate.Create a Pet Emergency KitBe ready for an emergency by assembling your pet's must-haves now.Create a Pet Travel KitBe ready to hit the road with your pet by assembling these pet travel items.Farm Animals and Natural DisastersFarm animals often suffer injury during a disaster but are just as likely to receive fresh injury after the storm, if not handled properly. Here are some of the things that can be done in the immediate aftermath of the storm or flood.If You Find a Lost PetIf you've found a lost pet, here's what to do.Managing Your Pet's Separation AnxietyDogs and cats are creatures of habit; they love schedules, routines and their owners. When routines change — school starts, you're away on vacation — your pet may have a tough time handling the situation.Adopting a PetThere are many different types of pets for many different people. Below is a "starter" list to help you select a pet for you and your family.Choosing a Kennel or Pet Daycare FacilityWhether it's for a social hour at doggy daycare or an extended kennel stay while you're away, you want to know your Fluffy or Fido is safe and happy when boarded.Choosing a Pet GroomerGrooming services can include a hair cut, trimming or shaving, combing, brushing, bathing, clipping nails, ear cleaning and teeth cleaning.Protect Your PetSafety first when it comes to your pets. They need you to look out for them!Choosing a Pet TrainerWhether it's puppy kindergarten or show dog or cat training, a great trainer can make a world of difference. But not every trainer can be a "dog whisperer" either!Choosing a VetThe best time to choose a vet is before you actually need one. Even better, meet with a vet before getting a new pet – they can recommend certain animals or even breeds that might best match your lifestyle.Traveling by Air with PetsMore than 2 million pets and animals are transported by air each year in the United States, according to the Department of Transportation. Make it a happy trip for your pet by following these tips.Finding Pet-Friendly HotelsChoosing a hotel can be a challenging task, but it can be even more difficult if you're bringing your pet along.Help My Pet's MissingIf your pet disappears, here's what to do.Traveling by Car with PetsRoad trip! It's great to bring the whole family on a trip, even your pets. To make your next road trip a breeze, read through these top tips from pet experts, vets and pet owners. Happy Trails!Pets and Disaster PreparednessBecause they are a part of the family, too, follow these tips to prepare your pets for a disaster and know what to do should a pet go missing.
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Choosing and Using a Pet Crate for Travel

Crates and carriers are necessities for pet travel and are required when for pets traveling by air. Keep your pet safe and sound by following these tips for purchasing and using a pet crate.

WHN Tip: Check with your airline for specifics regarding pet carriers and crate size and weight requirements. Visit our Pet Links - Travel Resources [WHN page link TK] page to find links to airline companies and their policies.

Buying a Crate

Here are some tips from the USDA and the AVMA. You can also check with your vet for recommendations.

  • Large enough to allow the animal to stand, turn and lie down (usually required by most airlines.)
  • Has metal doors instead of plastic (if plastic, they could be could be chewed or bent)
  • A strong and effective lock mechanism
  • No wheels – most if not all airlines will not accept a container with wheels
  • Leak-proof bottom covered with plenty of absorbent material
  • Ventilation on opposite sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow
  • Handles and grips for lifting the kennel into the airplane (required by airlines)

WHN Tip: Carry-on Pet Carriers
The pet must be placed in a kennel that is comfortable yet small enough to fit under the passenger's seat. For specific airline requirements, contact the airline or visit our Pet Links - Travel Resources page [WHN page link TK] for a list of links.

Preparing the Crate

Label your crate

  • Write your name, address and cell phone number (since you'll probably have that with you) on the kennel. Tag your pet with the same information.
  • Label the kennel "Live Animals" using at least 1-inch high lettering on the top and one side with directional arrows indicating the position of the kennel.

WHN Expert Tip: Extra Tags
Consider purchasing a temporary tag showing your destination address and phone number. More tips at Aviation Consumer Protection Division.

WHN Expert Tip: Plastic Shipping Sleeves
For photocopies of health documentation, we use plastic shipping sleeves (normally used for address labels) to secure the documentation to the top of the travel crate. These sleeves are great as they show the content, stick to the crate easily and usually have a resealable closure - perfect for airport officials to quickly and easily access the documentation." Rachel Farris, PetRelocation.com

Stock your crate

  • Add a few of the pet's blankets or bedding and trays for food and water.

WHN Expert Tip: Smells Like You
Add in a piece of clothing that you (the owner) have worn. The scent may help calm the pet. An old T-shirt that you have slept in for one or more nights will work well – USDA

WHN Expert Tip: Ice Cold
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The day before your flight, fill the water container and put it in the freezer. Why? The water will stay solid, not spill out and will slowly melt overtime. That way, by the time your pet is thirsty the water is there for them." Matt Stelter, Drs. Foster & Smith representative and professional collie owner and handler

Preparing Your Pet

  • Get your pet used to the kennel or crate — and the feeling of motion — by transporting them a few days before the air travel date.

WHN Expert Tip: "Get your pet used to motion. Train them early on that movement is okay and comfortable. And you need to get them adjusted to a kennel because they're going to hear a lot of new noises and might be quite scared." Susan Simms, Midwest Airlines marketing specialist, AKC judge, professional English Setter breeder and handler.

  • Skip the toys. According to the Air Transport Association, most airlines do NOT permit pet toys in the kennel during transport in the cargo hold. (Click the link for more information.)

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 Read More
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