One thing that Team ATW members know, is how important it is to have your pet correctly measured to fit a crate when making flight preparations. So we are going to go over how to properly do this. Wrong measurements can make your pet not pass inspection and miss their flight. We never want to see traveling
plans with your pet put on hold due to something like the wrong crate size for your fur friend.
The general rule of thumb is that your pet must have enough room to sit stand and lay down comfortably in the crate without the top of their head or standing ears touching the top of the kennel. Most airlines differ a little in their crate requirements, so please check with the airline you plan to travel with for the specific requirements. Here is where you can find some major airlines crate requirements. American Airlines United Delta
How to measure your traveling companion can be fairly simple with the help of another person. So calling the bestie over to give you 10 minutes of assistance is a good excuse to hangout for the rest of the day!
Measuring for height (above reference D) is done from the top of the head to the bottom of the front feet. Length measurement (above reference A) is done from the side of the pet, beginning at the tip of the nose to the base of the tail. Weight is also important when traveling. So be sure to have an accurate weight of your pet.
Having a measuring tape and leash are a must. And some tasty treats will definitely (hopefully) make things go in your favor…. Unless your measuring a cat, we will go over suggestions for your feline friends in a little bit! As this takes a little more tactic.
OK, with leash on your dog, have your helper stand in front of the dog holding said tasty treats. The goal is to keep the dog in a standing position, attention on the treat. This parts a little difficult sometimes because they want to reach or stretch for the goodie or sit like they are often told to do or sometimes they just have no interest in it at all….. because it’s what you want them to do. If you can achieve a normal standing posture, pat yourself on the back quickly, and get that measurement as fast as possible! For those of you who have dogs that listen and will stand in the correct position for measuring, without being bribed or held in place, lucky you.
Let’s talk about those cats now….. Cats have a way of knowing when you really want or need them to do something and they avoid doing it to their fullest ability. That being said, If you can get them to stand for measurement, awesome. If not, try making it seem like something that THEY want to do. Like petting them while they are stretched out on the floor, sneak that tape measure in there and go from the top of the head to the base of the feet.
Now that the hard part is over, use these measurements to buy your pets travel crate. Always check with the airline to make sure these dimensions will work for your pet. Here you can find the International Crate Regulations for IATA, which is the standard for any live animal cargo shipment.