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Inspecting the Kennel - Kennel Cleanliness and Safety

The kennel must be clean and sanitized. The kennel floor must be leak proof and covered with an unused litter pad or collection tray. The kennel’s interior must be free of sharp points or edges that could injure the animal. The design of the kennel must allow the animal to be quickly and easily removed in an emergency. The kennel must be designed to prevent any part of the animal from protruding outside the enclosure in a way that could result in injury to the animal or to any nearby person or animal.

A safe kennel MUST have ____.

A) a leak proof floor with an unused litter pad

Great, it is important that the kennel floor is leak proof with an unused litter pad.

B) a swivel handle located on top

No, this is not a critical feature for safety.

C) wheel locks

No, this is not a critical feature for safety.

The lessons below are designed for pet owners who are planning to travel with their dogs and airport personnel who have the responsibility of accepting dogs for air travel. After reviewing this lesson, you will understand the factors that can improve the safety of dogs during air travel. To learn how to plan for the safety of your dog during air travel: 1) read the instructions online, 2) watch the movie, or 3) view the practice activities below.

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