Dog Crates for HK arrival

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  1. #1

    Dog Crates for HK arrival

    Hello, I'm squaring away getting my pup shipped to HK. I am going to try and buy the crate myself so save a few bucks and am not completely aware of what size is needed and what brands are accepted on airlines traveling to HK. Did anyone buy their own crate and have to do research for this ? Can you offer some advice or info ?

    Thank You

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    In general, the crate should be plastic, with metal bars covering ventilation windows on the sides and back and a metal grating door that securely closes. It should be big enough for the dog to stand up and turn around in, but not much roomier and properly ventilated. Too big and the pet can get tossed around in turbulance and injured, too small and you risk circulation and other problems. Asking your vet regarding size is really the best route. Actually, we directed all questions about shipping our pets to our vet. Even though a re-lo company can provide some good advice its really best to have a discussion with your vet about what to do and expect. You can also ask the re-lo company about crate sizes, as lots of them have a chart to use as a guide (even if you aren't using them to supply the crate) and/or ask makers of the crates. Generally, the staff at a pets mart/ pet co. will be able to tell you if a particular crate is airline approved. Call the cargo department of the airline you are using for the specs of an airline approved crate if you are unsure. Some airlines also list info on their web sites. Also spend some time finding/ testing proper water bottles that don't leak quickly. Buy two, and freeze the water in one and put fresh water in the other. Find a good, absorbant pad or litter (that your dog won't eat/ choke on if it chews everything) for the crate. Ideally, you should have the crate several weeks or more before shipping to get the dog used to it (especially if it isn't already crate trained) or being shoved in there for the first time for upwards of 12 hours can be traumatic.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Mar 2007

    The relocation co. ordered the crate for us. I think it's a Petmate. Fit all the air requirements. I know they have a good website (

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Sep 2007

    we used kennel cab for our pup. hello_there's response above is spot on! additionally, check out the below site (scroll down and click on "container information"). good luck!


  5. #5

    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Make sure the crate is big enough -- our medium sized dog ended up needing a crate meant for much bigger dogs because of the airline requirements. See this link for info

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