IATA Approved Sky Kennels for Air Travel

The Canadian Veterinary Hospital in Doha, Qatar carry a full range of sizes of Pet Mate Sky Kennels that meet IATA regulations for pet travel.

IATA, the International Airline Transport Association provides guidelines for cages for pet travel. In order to ensure your pet is safe, comfortable and meets these strict regulations, it is best to carefully follow their outline. A link to their site is found at the bottom of this relocation section.

The dimensions noted when determining the size of crate for your pet refer to the internal crate dimensions and should be calculated in centimetres. The following is based on an IATA formula to measure your own pets length, width and height and use these figures to select the correct size of kennel.

L  stands for the length of your pet from the tip of the nose to the beginning of their tail base where it joins their body.

E stands for the height from ground to the elbow joint. L plus one half of E = inside length of container.

W is the width across your pet’s shoulders or the widest point of the pet (whichever is the greater). W times two is the width of container.

H stands for the height of your pet in their natural standing position from the top of the head or the ear tip (for vertical ears) to the floor

Minimum internal container dimensions:

L + ½ E = Length          W x 2 = Width                 H = Height

Brachycephalic breeds, when allowed by the specific airlines, will require a 10% larger container. For example if your pet measures for a small sky kennel, they must actually fly in a medium one.

Water containers accessible both inside and out must be attached to every cage. The airline or government agency may require food in a sealed pouch with feeding instructions, be attached securely to the outside of the cage.

Some children often take out their frustrations on their siblings when they are not doing as they wish, similarly animals which share the same household may take out their anxiety on one another when traveling by air. Therefore only kittens and puppies under 6 months of age, and under 9 kg of the same litter, & size, should be allowed in the same cage.

Please ask us if you have any other questions concerning pet crates.  Most clients find it easier to bring their pet to the Canadian Veterinary Hospital, and together our team of relocation specialists can help you measure your pet and determine what is the best fit for their comfort and safety.