In order to choose the best transport cage for your companion , several things must be taken into account first:
– the size of your dog
– the material used for construction
– the type of cage you need
– the easiness of setup and takedown
– how comfortable it is
Since your dog will spend a lot of time there, the transport cage will of course have to be comfortable. To do this, choosing the right size is extremely important. Remember that your dog should be able to turn around and get up with ease in his cage. As a guiding point you should get something that is at least 1.5 times the height of your pet.
Here is a quick “guide” to help you choose your cage according to the breed of your dog:
There are all sorts of shapes and materials of transport cages: soft sided bags, baskets, wheel rolling ones… The important thing is the construction of it. Your dog’s cage will have to last a long time and resist the destructive behaviors of the canine.
For bigger dogs, choosing a strong metal cage will make a ton more sense. Indeed, this type of cage has the advantage of being strong and easy to clean with the removable trays in the bottom. In addition, it is ideal for animals that tend to suffer from separation anxiety whenever they catch a glimpse that you are leaving. Usually, the metal cages actually constitute only cages with bars without the view of the roof being blocked. However, some dogs may have a tendency to bite and chew the bars, which can damage their teeth. The fabric based carrying bags have the advantage of being removable and therefore easy to store. On the other hand, they are only good for small dogs, are not very solid and therefore easy to be damaged with chewing.
Plastic cages, however, remain the ideal solution for medium dogs . They are also removable and very easy to clean. If you are considering frequent trips by car, some models offer shapes that adapt to the door of the car for ease of transport.
In order to resist animal escape attempts, the doors must be extremely resistant. You can choose between a zipper (usually this is in the case of carrying bags), metal latches, rivets or clips. IATA standards require centralized, anti-fog latches that meet a criteria.
Whichever model you choose, be sure to check that the ventilation conditions are optimal to ensure the comfort of your pet.