QUALITY –CONTAINER REQUIREMENTS
The air crate must have ventilation on all three sides and the inside of the crate must be smooth with no sharp edges. The door of the air carrier must be metal with an all-around locking system with pins extending at least 1.6 cm above and below the door. The door must strong enough to keep the pet inside securely.
- The total ventilated area must be at least 16% of the total surface of the four sides
- Ventilation must be provided on all 4 sides of the container
- Ventilation openings must be placed over the upper two thirds of the container
- Openings must be nose and paw proof and have a maximum of 25mm x 25mm for dogs and 19mm x19mm for cats
- The openings may have to be smaller in order to be nose and paw proof
- It is important that no container has any surface or edge at which an animal can gnaw or scratch
Guidance for Dimensions of Container
To assist in determining the approximate size of the traveling container, the following formula may be useful. When calculating the minimum internal height of the container, the height of bedding should be added to the height of the animal.
A = length of animal from tip of nose to base/root of tail.
B = height from ground to elbow joint.
C = width across shoulders or widest point (whichever is the greater).
D = height of animal in natural standing position from top of the head or the ear tip to the floor (whichever is higher).
Measurements A, B, C and D for determining the container dimensions must relate to the largest animal.