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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Inspecting the Kennel - Kennel Construction and Quality
The kennel should be hard-sided with secure fasteners that are strong enough to withstand the normal rigors of air transport while containing the animal securely and comfortably. The kennel should be designed so that the door can be securely closed and easily opened without requiring special or sharp tools. The exterior handle(s) or handholds should be sturdy enough to enable the kennel to be lifted without tilting and ensure that anyone handling the kennel can avoid unnecessary contact with the animal. The kennel must have adequate ventilation with openings on three sides and the door. The kennel must be free of toxic or harmful materials, treatments, paint, or preservatives.
Which is NOT a critical requirement for kennel construction?
No, a well constructed kennel must have both adequate ventilation and a secure door latch.
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.