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How to choose the transport box for your pet

Whenever you need to transport your pet, it is imperative to think of the safest and most comfortable way to do it, and when it comes to international transport, these aspects take on a much greater importance, and the choice of transport box is vital.

Therefore, in this article we will clarify some doubts about how to choose the ideal transport box for your pet.



Just as we must be careful when creating new habits for children, for domestic animals, it is very similar.

When in contact with the transport box for the first time, most animals, due to their natural curiosity, will come and go frequently, but if they don’t get used to it without the owner’s stimuli, we have some tips:

  • Positive experiences: Don’t just put it inside the box and close it as this can feel like punishment. The ideal is to encourage the pet to enter the box and reward him every time this happens. Initially, let the animal enter and exit freely, without closing the crate.
  • Ambiance: Animals are used to smells and objects that give them security. It is helpful to put the pet’s rags and blankets inside the box, as well as some of your favorite toys.
  • Meals: Some meals can be made inside the box by placing the food bowl inside and, in this way, the animal will quickly feel that this is its space.

Once your four-legged friend is more comfortable inside the transport box, you can then close the crate. Initially close it for short periods and add time with distractions such as toys as your pet gets used to it.



An important point is that transport crates are not made for the animal to stay in them all day. Domestic animals need to socialize to stay healthy. The shipping box should only be used for certain periods and when needed.

When there is a need to use a transport box, it is important for the animal to be used to it, so that it will feel safe, comfortable and at home.

In these cases, there are benefits for using the box:

  • Transport: To take your pet to a place farther away from your home, for a visit to friends, outings or other matters, the transport box will ensure, during the journey by car, the safety that this family member deserves. Any sudden movement or accident (at any level), the animal will be much safer in its crate and secured by the seat belt in the back seat.
  • Rest: Depending on the animal’s age, the box can mean moments of peace and comfort. When still young, the little animal will have times of peace and rest for people who can’t resist its cuteness. When older, they need more rest for their paws that have already given (and give) a lot of joy to their owners. The box can also be a haven of peace and quiet for the animal.

cat in box



The choice of the box depends on the animal, the breed and also its measurements. Always having as main focus the comfort and safety of the animal. The image below helps to take the best measurements and with them, calculate the ideal box size for the animal.

For cats, the measurements are the same.
  • Calculate the box length: A + ½ of B
  • Gauging the box width: C x 2
  • Finding the box height: D + 7

To better illustrate, we give the following example:

  • Animal measurements: A=30cm / B=10 cm / C=15 cm / D=25 cm
  • Minimum box length: A (30) + ½ B (5) = 35cm | Minimum width: C (15) x 2= 30cm | Minimum height: D (25) + 7= 32cm | Minimum dimensions for transport box: 35cm x 30cm x 32cm

But don’t worry about it, our team will help with all sizes and calculations.

With the measurements of the animal and the due calculations, it is time to choose the box. There is currently a standard measurement base, as shown in the table below. It is important to remember that measurements are approximate and may vary depending on the manufacturer.

Table with standard measurements of animal carriers:



53cm x 41cm x 38cm

ATÉ 09 kg Pinscher and Small Cats

3 kg

71cm x 52cm x 55cm

ATÉ 13 kg Yorkies and Medium Cats

5 kg

81cm x 57cm x 61cm

ATÉ 22 kg Pug and Big Cats

7 kg

91cm x 64cm x 69cm

ATÉ 31 kg Bulldog and Cockers

9 kg

102cm x 64cm x 76cm

ATÉ 40 kg Collies and Pitbull

12 kg

122cm x 81cm x 89cm ATÉ 45 kg Retrievers and Labrador

20 kg

With the measurements in our example, our box would be the first (053cm x 041cm x 038cm).


It is important to point out that each animal must be analyzed individually for international transport, as there may be a significant difference in measurements between animals of the same breed taking into account the points below:

  • Brachycephalic animals are accommodated in transport boxes larger than the size required by their size.
  • According to CR82 of the IATA manual (International Air Transport Association), some breeds are considered dangerous and must be accommodated in wooden boxes that meet certain standards.

If the animal is larger than the sizes shown above or has specific characteristics, we also produce wooden boxes according to the demand of this important member of the family. If you have any questions about the breed of your dog or cat, we can help with all the necessary information.


The transport box is necessary even when transporting by land or even taking the animal to the airport, so we have developed an exclusive van for this purpose.

In air transport or international air travel, unlike guide dogs, the transport box is the only way to carry your pet. In the cabin or cargo compartment, the animal must be kept in the crate.

Each airline, apart from following the IATA manual, also has its requirements and regulations, so the animal must comply with international and airline rules to make the trip.

If the transport box is refused by the airline (outside of the above-mentioned standards), the process will be canceled. Only after replacing the refused transport box with the most suitable one, it is possible to start a new process, which will be later rescheduled according to the airline’s availability.

To avoid such inconvenience, the requirements are usually:

  • Sturdy shipping box
  • Good ventilation (minimum 20% of its structure ventilated)
  • Ceiling cannot be ventilated
  • The transport box door must have an external safety lock
  • Space that allows the animal to freely turn 360º, lie down and get up naturally and comfortably way, with a minimum distance of 7cm to the ceiling.
  • Transport boxes with wheels or with fastening clips are not accepted
  • It must be mounted with screws and contain at least three screws on each side.

dog in box


Transporting pets can be a complex process due to airline requirements due to bureaucratic issues and the diversity of legislation applicable in each country, but don’t worry, Global International Relocation’s Pets department, GLOBAL PETS, has a team experienced and dedicated to streamlining the process with an integrated and personalized service offering. Talk to us!

With Global Pets, you are guaranteed that these very special members of the family will quickly join you at the desired destination, in all comfort and safety.

Good trip!

New van exclusively for transporting dogs and cats

The Global Pets team, specialists in the transport of pets by air or land to any corner of the world, has developed an exclusive van that provides greater comfort, safety, and hygiene for the transported animals. The van, which is already circulating, debuted in August this year.


The van was completely modified with the animals’ welfare in mind. All the exclusive changes were thought by our team, with details that make it possible to take dogs and cats of different weights, sizes and breeds. Get to know some details:




Internal Window

Allows the team to view from the cabin and listen to the animal throughout the journey.


Exclusive air conditioning

The temperature control of the animal area is independent of the control of the team that is in the cabin, which guarantees greater comfort for the pets.


Extractor fan

As part of the exclusive and independent air system, the extractor was designed to help in air circulation and eliminate strong odors to make the animal’s journey more pleasant.


LED lights

Independently controlled LED lights were installed for a better atmosphere for the animal, which allows both better lighting and dim lights when the animal is sleeping.


Hygienic and non-slip flooring

To prevent the odor of animals from remaining in the van, a hygienic floor was chosen which, in addition to not absorbing odors, is easy to clean and wash. Grooves were added to the floor to prevent the transport box from moving, thus ensuring greater safety for the animal.



The entire space was designed to transport boxes of different sizes, from a small Singapore cat to the giant St. Bernard dog. Regardless of size, they are attached to the truck with a system of adjustable handles, which do not let the box move, providing more stability and comfort for the animal.


Access Doors

In addition to the door at the back of the van, the side door works as a support to make access to the animal and even easier when accommodating the transport box.


First aid kit

We have a kit, which we hope never to use, however, if necessary, our team is ready to help the animal that is in transport, for that we provide a first aid kit for the animals.



The cabin can take up to 3 people from the Global Pets team, depending on the breed, size and care needed by the animal.



The design is simple and exclusive. Clients and pet owners can easily identify our van, either when arriving at their residence, meeting them at ports and airports, or even during the journey.

Click the image to enlarge


Besides having the top car technologies, such as climate control, GPS, automatic locking and other functions, our van also carries water for the animals, tools for eventual happenings with the cage or the van itself, and a team with great knowledge and especially with great care and affection for the animals.


With this van, we can transport pets by land to any place in Europe, or even take your pet with more comfort and safety to the airport and with our help fly to any place in the world.


With us, you have the guarantee that these very special members of the family will be quickly reunited with you at your destination in all comfort and safety!


Tips for travel with a Guide Dog

In addition to being known as the best friends of humans, some dogs have the role of guiding their owners who have visual impairments. And this subject always raises doubts when it comes to traveling with them.

To honor these tireless partners, we have set out the following tips for travel with a guide dog:


1 – Communicate in advance

Airlines must be notified in advance, some require 72 hours, others require 48 hours, so our tip is to inform when purchasing the flight ticket.

Some airlines give themselves the right to set the passenger seat to accommodate the guide dog. It usually travels next to the owner’s seat, on the floor of the plane, so it is important to always have a collar, leash and identification that it is a guide dog.


aconselhamos sempre a levar consigo um açaime

2 – Muzzle

Muzzles are required by some airlines throughout the flight, others do not allow the use of the same, in addition, some flights have connections in other countries, and airports also have their rules for the movement of the guide dog.

 Therefore, to avoid any unforeseen circumstances, we always advise to carry a muzzle, because if necessary, it will be already in your hands.



3 – Documentation

To transport any pet, it is always necessary to have the animal’s documentation. With the guide dog, it is no different. 

The basic documents to be presented at check-in and to have on hand during the flight are:

  • Proof of rabies vaccination signed by a veterinarian and that must have been applied more than 30 days before the date of travel and less than 1 year.
  • Health certificate, issued by the veterinarian, valid for 10 days from the date of issue.
  • For international flights, an International Animal Health Certificate is also required.

Some companies also determine that when identifying the dog, there is also other information, such as the name of the dog and who he guides, photo of both, name and identification of the training center or trainer.


limite a quantidade de água e comida que o cão-guia irá ingerir algumas horas antes da viagem


4 – Pee and poop

Another important tip is to limit the amount of water and food that the guide dog will ingest a few hours before the trip so that it doesn’t pee or poop right after getting on the plane. If the journey is long, take an absorbent mat. Some companies provide this mat.



More and more airlines are paying attention to the social inclusion of people and to creating easier rules for travel of these animals, so it is important to mention that the guide dog is used by the visually impaired to carry out daily activities more easily. Therefore, the guide dog is not considered just a pet.


As empresas aéreas estão a criar normas mais fáceis para a viagem dos cães guia


Some countries and airlines may have slight differences, so check the rules before traveling and buying tickets and remember, you can always contact us, our Global Pets team can help you with this and other information for the transport of animals.


Have a good trip!