On The Move: Exploring Pet Transport Costs And Crates

It is essential to understand these factors to ensure a stress-free journey for your dog. The costs involved include airline fees and crate specifications. Choosing a crate is crucial for your pet’s comfort and safety during travel. This guide delves into transport costs and the importance of an appropriate crate for a secure journey for your pet.


British Airways, Qantas, United Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways are some of the pet-friendly airlines in the UK. However, airlines may not allow dogs in the cabin or have specific restrictions on dog breeds. Check with the airline regarding their pet policy and requirements; not all airlines allow pets to travel to every destination they serve. Most airlines allow small pets in the cabin for a fee. Pets must weigh less than 8kg and be booked directly through the airline. Service dogs are an exception to this.


Many clients contact us to arrange transport for their dogs and often inform us that they will be using their crates. However, the UK is strict in determining whether the crate is adequate for transport.

The rules state that the dogs must be able to turn around, lie down comfortably, and stand up without their head touching the roof. To ensure a crate is adequate, measure your dog’s length, height, and width to ensure a good fit.

When transporting your cat, choose a crate that is 1.5 times their length. It should be wide enough for them to turn around and have space for a litter box and water bowl.

Crate sizes:

Small (Up to 30 lbs):

L: 21 to 28 inches, W: 16 to 24 inches, H: 15 to 20 inches

Medium (30 to 70 lbs):

L: 28 to 36 inches, W: 24 to 28 inches, H: 20 to 26 inches

Intermediate (70 to 90 lbs):

L: 36 to 42 inches, W: 28 to 30 inches, H: 26 to 30 inches

Large (90 to 150 lbs):

L: 42 to 48 inches, W: 30 to 36 inches, H: 30 to 34 inches

Extra-Large (150+ lbs):

L: over 48 inches, W: over 36 inches, H: over 34 inches 

For a cat check your airline’s pet crate requirements and restrictions. Consider your cat’s temperament and size when choosing between soft-sided and hard-sided crates, with the latter providing more protection and stability for longer journeys or cargo hold travel.

Pets can have a small blanket or bedding for comfort, but Petair UK provides veterinary bedding for all crates. Toys are considered a choking hazard, so pets are not allowed toys or chews on planes.

Something you might consider is a fixed water container. Also known as a kennel water dispenser that provides water for pets during transport, ensuring they remain hydrated.


The transportation cost of a pet from the UK to the USA varies based on factors like pet size, airline, service type, travel distance, route, destination state requirements, and additional services. Costs range from £500 to £2,000 or more. Here’s a breakdown of potential expenses:

Airline Fees: Airlines charge transport fees which can vary significantly. Depending on the airline and the type of service, costs can range from £100 to £500 or more. Some airlines may have specific policies and fees for pet transport.

Crate and Accessories: You’ll need an airline-approved travel crate for your pet, and the cost can range from around £30 to £300 or more, depending on the size and quality.

Health Certificates and Vaccinations: Veterinary costs of health certificates, which are required, and vaccinations can vary. Meanwhile, the cost of health certificates can range from £50 to £150+.

Microchipping: Ensuring your pet has an ISO microchip, required for international travel, might cost around £20 to £50+.

Professional Pet Transport Services: A pet transport service like PetAir, can have varying costs based on the service and requirements of your pet. Examples of these costs might include crate rental, documentation assistance, and more. 

Quarantine: Depending on the destination state in the USA and the specific requirements, there might be quarantine expenses.

Additional Requirements: Some countries, including the USA, have specific requirements for pet importation. These might include specific tests, treatments, or paperwork. Costs for these additional requirements can vary.


To ensure a stress-free journey for your pet, get quotes from airlines, research regulations, and consider professional pet transport services like PetAir for guidance and cost estimates.

Remember, depending on regulations and how your cat is transported, you may need to remove your cat from the carrier and carry them through security while the carrier is screened separately. Using a harness and leash can ensure your cat’s safety during security checks.

Understanding the financial aspects allows us to budget while selecting the right crate size reflects our commitment to your pet’s well-being. With every detail considered, your loyal companion can embark on a new chapter with a sense of security, knowing they’ve been cared for every step of the way.


Planning a trip with your beloved pet can be exciting yet overwhelming. From travel regulations to their safety, there’s a lot to think about. That’s where PetAir comes in. Reach out to us for your furry friend’s upcoming adventure. We’re not just experts; we’re animal lovers who care about their well-being. Contact us today to make their journey safe and positive!

Fri Aug 25 2023