Selecting the Correct Pet Travel Crate
"One of the most important steps you can take to ease the stress of travel for your pet is to make sure it becomes familiar with its kennel. Purchase the kennel as far in advance as possible. Veterinarians recommend leaving the kennel door open in the house with an old sock, snacks or familiar object inside so that your pet may spend time near the kennel and perhaps venture inside on its own. Since it is important that your pet be as relaxed as possible during the flight, familiarization with the kennel is essential." (United Airlines)
Select an IATA Compliant Pet Travel Crate
You want to purchase a professional-grade travel kennel designed for the safe and comfortable domestic and international transportation of your pet. Ventilation on all four sides is required for international pet travel. However, we recommend four sided ventilation for domestic travel as well. When in doubt use the larger size crate and only one animal per kennel is allowed in cargo.
______________________________________________________________Standard Pet Travel Crate Sizes:
Series #100- 21 l x 16 w x 15 h- weight of crate -7 lbs
Series #200- 27 l x 20 w x 19 h- weight of crate -13 lbs
Series #300- 32 l x 22 w x 23 h- weight of crate -18 lbs
Series #400- 36 l x 24 w x 26 h- weight of crate -24 lbs
Series #500- 40 l x 27 w x 30 h- weight of crate -32 lbs
Series #700- 48 l x 32 w x 35 h- weight of crate -51 lbs
______________________________________________________________Overview Tips on How to Measure and What to Look When Sizing a Crate:
The size of the kennel must be such that it will allow the pet to stand in a natural position, lie down, and easily turn around.HEIGHT: Crate is tall enough for pet to stand up comfortably and not hunch. WIDTH: Width across shoulders x 2. Wide enough for pet to turn around comfortably. LENGTH: Length of animal from nose to base of tail. Long enough for pet to comfortably extend paws when lying down. MEASURING TIPS: Measure the length of your pet when standing from the base of his tail to the tip of his nose. Add 4" to measurement as this is how long your pet's travel crate needs to be.