The wire is thinner than my old crate, which is also made of the black metal, but it is still sturdy. I used to have the really heavy silver steel crates but they are ugly and stronger than necessary. I guess if you have a dog you think might get out, you should use zip-ties all around and bungee the door when the dog is inside. The ... full review
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Whatever happened to your last one, the important thing to know is there's a back up ready. The Petmate Plastic Replacement Dog Crate Pan is available in a wide array of sizes that are designed to fit standard Petmate wire crates. Tough plastic material is ready for heavy use and is easy to keep clean. This pan features a generous lip to prevent food, water, and whatnot from spilling over the sides.
Ben is the senior content editor for K9 of Mine and has spent most of his adult life working as a wildlife educator and animal-care professional. Ben’s had the chance to work with hundreds of different species, but his favorite animals have always been dogs. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his spoiled-rotten Rottweiler named J.B. Chances are, she’s currently giving him the eyes and begging to go to the park.
Observe your dog and see what escape methods he is using to get out of the crate. When you find out the exact way your pooch is employing to break free, then you can work to rectify the problem. You may need to hide behind something or use a camera device because most dogs will wait until they are free from your company before making an attempting escape.
Addendum added January 28, 2013: My vet had never noticed these carriers because I had never put one up on the exam table until my last vet visit. She looked at it with interest and totally concurred with my opinion of having a small, but open carrier for my two (panicky) cats. She has seen more than a few overheated pets in too enclosed carriers. Since I live far from the vet I always carry spare towels for the bottoms of the carriers and she found that the "stable floor covering'* I use was an additional comfort feature for my pets long trip to their appointments. (I just ordered the larger size of this carrier for my "Phat Kat" and will donate her previous carrier to our local animal shelter.)