Traveling Requirements

If you are planning to travel with your pet by plane, make sure you take your best friend in a travel crate that complies to the following requirements:

shutterstock_102734345Accepted materials for construction of travel boxes:

  • Fibre Glass
  • Metal
  • Rigid Plastic
  • Welded mesh or wire mesh not chicken mesh however the container
  • Plywood
  • Solid wood

Rigid Plastic containers are suitable for most breeds of dogs and cats but their acceptability is at the discretion of the carrier. Cats and dogs mainly can be send in either a hard plastic or wooden container, the order material are for birds only

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Each animal container must have enough space for the animal to turn around in 360°, stand up straight and they need to be able to sit in an erect position with about 4 fingers space, they must also be able to lie in a natural position.

Add-ons to crate

There must be absorption material at the bottom of the crate and always a water bowl attached to the inside of the crate

Ventilation

Ventilation is provided by an open end to the container which can be the door or by extra ventilation openings in the upper two thirds of the opposite sizes of the container. The total ventilation area must be at least 16% of the total surface of the four sides.

With snub nose species the container needs to provide more ventilation so the bottom third also needs ventilation openings. They also need to be carried in one container size bigger than what required above.

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