We hold a small selection of travelling boxes for sale at the Gatwick Airport Animal Reception Centre. Contact us for additional information including our prices.
The size of travelling box to be used for your pet must satisfy the minimum requirements of the IATA regulations: your pet must have room to stand up and turn around in the travelling box and, when standing, there must be 2-3″ of clearance between their head and the top of the box. They must additionally be able to lie down and stretch out their front legs to full length.
To calculate the size of box required it is important to measure your pet accurately. The following formula may be useful for calculating the minimum internal dimensions which will be needed for the travelling box:
Length = A + ½ B
Width = C x 2
Height = D
A = the length of the animal from the tip of the nose to the base/root of the tail.
B = the height from the ground to the animal’s elbow joint.
C = the width across the shoulders or the widest point (whichever is the greater).
D = the height of animal in a natural standing position from the top of the head, or from the ear tip to the floor (whichever is higher)
Note: Snub nosed breeds require a 10% larger travelling box.
In addition to the minimum size requirements, travelling boxes must be adequately ventilated by way of an open end (covered with bars, welded mesh or smooth expanded metal) and ventilation openings on the remaining three sides. The maximum size openings for welded mesh must be 25mm x 25mm (1 inch x 1 inch) for dogs and 19mm x 19mm (3/4 inch x 3/4 inch) for cats*
* openings may need to be smaller than this in order to be nose and paw proof.