Getting your dog’s crate ready for plane travel

The folks at PetRelocation.com have put together a video, featuring mascots Bruno and Chatty, about getting your pet’s crate ready for airplane travel — it’s short but thorough, and well worth a look.

Great Danes and other giant breed dogs: Custom crate for airplane travel

The biggest Midwest and PetMate crates will work up to a point. The biggest Midwest crate is a good crate for daily home use but it’s not an airplane carrier. The Vari-Kennel Series 700 or Sky Kennel Series 700 crates are excellent airplane carriers, but they’re only so large — they’ll accommodate a young giant breed dog, but a full-grown giant breed dog that needs to travel by plane may well require a custom-made crate. Here’s one U.S. company that makes custom crates: PetRelocation.com. Take a look at their page about custom crates — it also includes “crate extension kits,”…

Petmate “Vari-Kennel” Classic Models 21100 and 21700

Best suited for: Cargo-area airplane carrier, everyday crate
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

We have had two of these crates for over ten years. They’re now on their second generation of cats, and they work and look as well as they did when we bought them (okay, they’re a little scuffed in places, and they have cargo stickers on them, but they’re essentially the same).

Model 21100 is the Small size (15Hx21Lx16W) in “bleached linen.” It’s a good size for all of our cats, who range from…

Marchioro “Ithaka Clipper 6″ crate

Best suited for: Everyday crate
Also works for: Cargo-area airplane carrier
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

I bought this crate (26.75Hx36.5Lx25.5W) in desperation — Chloe had just clawed through the corner of her Creature Leisure Den and I needed a crate for her that very day. I couldn’t find a Vari-Kennel crate in the three pet stores I went to, so in the last one I bought this crate instead. I’ve regretted it ever since, because the door fits poorly in its opening and the door latch is balky and hard…