At BaggagePets, we specialize in pets. This means that we take care of the international transport of animals to any place in the world. For the health and comfort of the animal, and to comply with the IATA animal transport regulations, it is very important to know how to measure your pet for transportation.
You must make sure that the carrier meets the needs of the pet, whether it’s due to its size, weight, condition, species, or breed.
To find out how to correctly measure your pet before travelling, at BaggagePets, we advise you to use the following measurements as a reference, as they are the official ones used in official carriers. You can find them in the image in the right column:
A. From the tip of the nose to the base of the tail.
B. From the joint to the floor.
C. The widest part of the pet.
D. Height of the animal in a seated position, up to the top of the head or the tips of the ears, whichever is higher. It’s very important that their ears do not touch the ceiling.
After obtaining these measurements, you need to make calculations to determine the correct size of the carrier you will need to transport your pet.
Length: A + 1/2 B
Width: C x 2
How to Measure Your Pet for Transport
Please remember that dogs and cats must use an appropriate carrier for travel. It should be spacious enough for them to stand up without their ears or head touching the ceiling, leaving a 4-centimeter margin, and allowing them to turn around and lie down comfortably inside. That’s why it’s essential to know how to measure your pet for transportation correctly before travelling.
- Remember to remove the wheels from the carrier, as airlines do not allow them to be attached.
- Before traveling, we must ensure that the carrier’s size complies with the airline’s requirements, as they may deny the animal access if it doesn’t meet these standards.
- The pet must have a 4 cm gap between their head or ears and the carrier’s ceiling.
If you have any doubts about how to measure your pet for transportation, you can contact us by filling out our online form, and we will advise you on meeting all legal requirements and making your pet’s journey as comfortable as possible.