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From the tiny Chihuahua to the gigantic English Mastiff - there are at least over 200 different dog breeds (the Fédération Cynologique Internationale currently recognizes 344 breeds officially!) Dogs come in many different sizes and shapes.
The important point we want to make is that each dog needs a travelling crate according to its unique size. The most accurate measurements are required for two reasons: Firstly, the space of your dog’s crate will determine the cost of the airline ticket. Secondly, your dog must be comfortable in its crate and be able to stand up easily and to lie down naturally. If the crate is too small, your dog may not be accepted by the airlines, causing endless headaches all around, delays and extra costs!
Therefore, do make sure you triple check your dog’s measurements according to the diagram provided with this post (from IATA) to makes sure they are as accurate as possible. You might need extra hands for this (and perhaps some patience, depending on your dog’s energy levels as it might think its some sort of new game you’re playing!!)
Please contact us for more information on how to measure your pet and the correct size for your furkid at firstname.lastname@example.org ...
Relocating? Give us a call!!
Because you love them too much to leave them behind!
Relocating? Give us a call!
Because you love them too much to leave them behind!
9 months ago
YAY OR NAY TO SEDATION OF PETS WHILE FLYING?
This is a question most pet owners ask before their furry ones takes off on a plane and wrongfully assume this will be the way to reduce stress. Not so at all! In fact, it is possibly the
worst thing you can do with regards to your pet’s safety as sedating a pet about to fly can be very dangerous.
What happens during sedation, is that the pet’s blood pressure drops. Because the cargo hold is pressurized and because of altitude, this will happen anyway and therefore additional sedation can cause fatal problems. It may increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems as it can interfere with regular breathing and other bodily responses.
Furthermore, animals can respond very differently to sedatives/tranquilizers under normal circumstances. Cats for instance, occasionally become more excited following the administration of “sedating” drugs.
So, what can be done then? Go natural! There are numerous natural products and herbal remedies available these days that can help calm your pet. Pheromone sprays can also help. Ask your vet or pop into your local vet shop for options.
Off course, as emphasized in a previous Animal Immigration post, crate training is very important! Make sure your pet gets familiar and comfortable well ahead of time with the crate it is to fly in. Placing your T-shirt or your pets’ favourite blanky in the crate will make it remember its family or home and be comforted by that. The flying kennel should feel like a safe mini-home away from home so to reduce stress.
For more advice on natural calming aids and crate training ideas, please get in touch with Animal Immigration!
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10 months ago
All about the crates!
When relocating or travelling with your pets by means of air transport in the air-conditioned cargo hold, there are a couple of IATA regulations to comply with.
But before we look at these, we at Animal Immigration strongly encourages our clients to get the crates as soon as possible before travelling so your best friends can grow familiar to their crates which they will be spending a few hours in whilst travelling. It comforts them tremendously to be with(in) something they are accustomed to. This helps the furry ones to be travelling with less stress and anxiety. Look as it as their temporary house in the air!
Is the crate large enough?
Your pet must have enough space to turn about normally while standing (without touching the top), to sit and to lie in a natural position. There should be 4 finger’s space between your pet’s head and the roof of the crate.
Breed or species
Different containers are required according to the animal species being transported; for example, cats and dogs requires different crates than those of rabbit and birds. For snub-nosed pets (see previous post on this page), space requirements are to be increased as they need much more ventilation.
Plastic moulded containers are suitable for cats and most breeds of dogs. Specially constructed containers of hardwood, metal and plywood might be required if you have a very large or aggressive natured breed.
It is very important that the crate be secured with screws and joined with bolts and not plastic locks or fastening alone.
The door must form the whole of one end of the crate and must have a centralized locking system which fastens both locks on top and at the bottom of the door. Door hinges and locking pins must extend beyond the horizontal extrusions above and below the door opening by at least 1.6cm.
For hygiene and comfort, absorbent material must be placed beneath your pet’s blanket. (Put in a blanket that they are familiar with.)
A food and water container must be affixed to the crate.
One last important note: Sedation of animals is not recommended at all! The combination of altitude and drugs is potentially fatal in older, chronically sick or stressed animals.
Animal Immigration gladly assists in supplying & making sure your furry friend travels in a complaint and correctly sized crate. Please do send us the most accurate measurements of your pet when making a quote inquiry so we can ensure your beloved one travels in the most comfortable (and legal) way! ...