*Most airlines have the SAME rules*
PetSafe kennelsYou and United are responsible for following all U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations regarding the size and type of kennels utilized. You may use your own kennel or purchase approved kennels of various sizes from United at some airport locations. Airline-approved kennels of various sizes are also available for sale at pet supply shops.
One of the most important steps you can take to ease the stress of travel for your pet is to make sure it becomes familiar with its dog crate or kennel. Purchase the kennel as far in advance as possible. Veterinarians recommend leaving the kennel door open in the house with an old sock, snacks or familiar object inside so that your pet may spend time near the kennel and perhaps venture inside on its own. Since it is important that your pet be as relaxed as possible during the flight, familiarization with the kennel is essential.
Standard kennel types: The kennel types below are accepted on most United aircraft and are available for purchase at most United Cargo facilities and airport check-in counters.
Closing Mechanism: Check the closing mechanism to make sure it works properly. Do not put a lock on the kennel door. In accordance with federal regulations, your pet must be accessible in the event of an emergency.
WheelsUnited discourages kennels with wheels on the bottom unless the wheels have a locking device. If your kennel has wheels, they must be either removed or taped in order to prevent them from rolling in transit. Most of the kennels that you'll buy from www.animalsinshape.com either don't have wheels or have easily removable wheels. Just contact us with questions about your kennel.
Required labelingFederal regulations require that each kennel is labeled to safeguard your pet. When you drop off your pet, United will provide the required labels to adhere to the kennel. The labels include:
- The words "LIVE ANIMAL" that will be adhered to the top and at least one side of the kennel in 1-in. (2.5-cm) letters.
- Orientation labels that indicate the top of the kennel with arrows, or "This End Up" markings, and to be adhered to at least two sides of the kennel.
- Additional information and requirements, which you may view in the Required labeling Instructions section.
Include two empty dishesInclude two empty dishes (one for food and one for water), accessible from the outside of the kennel.
Absorbent material: The kennel must contain absorbent material or litter. (Black and white printed newspaper is a good choice. However, newspaper with colored ink or advertisements can be toxic to animals.) Please note that the use of straw, hay or wood shavings is prohibited for international shipments. Use of very thick blankets, towels, crate pads comforters or similar items is also not permitted.