Transport box: How do I choose the perfect model for my pet? – animal life

Transfer boxes are usually produced from plastic, which is a lighter material, and is easy to transport and sterilize (Photo: PxHere/Public Domain/CreativeCommons)

Transfer boxes are usually made of plastic, a lighter material that is easier to transport and clean (Photo: PxHere/Public Domain/CreativeCommons)

With the increased socialization of pets in hotels, restaurants, parks, and pet-friendly environments, the transport box has become a once-needed accessory, as well as for use on long car, bus, plane trips and even for visits to the vet.

They provide more safety for pets inside vehicles and act as protection even in potential accidents, as they are attached to the seat belt. In some cities, an accessory is mandatory for transporting dogs and cats.

How do you choose the right fund?

For educators who want to buy a transport box for their pet, it is necessary to pay attention to some important characteristics, such as materials, resistance, size, ventilation points, safety of locks and ease of handling.

For convenience, the ideal position is for the chest to be high enough, so that the animal can stand without lowering its head, and twice the width of the pet, allowing it to turn on its own axis and explore the entire chest. In addition, it is important that its length be such that the animal can lie with its neck straightened and, if possible, also have a small feeder and drinker.

Generally speaking, transport boxes are produced from plastic, lighter materials, and easy to transport and sterilize. Some brands also make models with foam, coated with synthetic material, with screens on the door, often with two-point access, and closed with a zipper. There are also similar options, with openings in the roof and ventilation on the sides and roof.

“The more flexible model we can use for car or plane travel (in the cabin area), and the stiffer model, for example, we should use in the cabin of the plane. Remember that everything in the base should be lined with some waterproof material,” explains the coach and behavior advisor. Thiago Mesquita.

Some teachers also use it as a walker. Covering with a blanket in the coldest periods is a great option when the accessory is in direct contact with the floor, so that it does not absorb the cold from the floor. It is important to remember that for this use the ideal is that the crate has no door, so that the dog does not close itself, or with the zipper fully open.

When traveling by car, small animals should be transported in appropriate boxes attached to a seat belt (Photo: PxHere/Public Domain/CreativeCommons)

When traveling by car, small animals should be transported in appropriate crates, secured in a seat belt (Photo: PxHere/Public Domain/CreativeCommons)

How to adapt the pet to use the crate?

It is essential that the pet undergoes an adaptation to the use of the transport box, as it can be stressful for the animal when placed firmly in the accessory, especially for those who are not accustomed to leaving the house.

“For this adaptation, it is necessary to place the crate with the pet inside the house, keeping the accessory with the door open, and with a blanket or toy inside. This will give him security to enter and begin to understand that it is a safe place,” explains the vet. Renato Dalcin SegalaPostgraduate studies in orthopedics from the University of the South Pacific.

According to him, if the pet shows fear or dread, the teacher can offer snacks, and practice positive reinforcement, whereby the animal stays longer inside the appendix. “Then, you should move on to another stage of training, closing the box door and, if possible, always providing affection to the pet,” he points out.

“Once he understands that the environment is safe, the pet can be moved to nearby places. And if possible, to places where he enjoys, and in this way, he will associate the use of the box with happy times,” he concludes.

Using sanitary mats as lining for the crate will help keep your pet from getting dirty if he needs to while in transit. Towels and blankets also contribute to the animal’s comfort during the flight. Remember that on long trips it is recommended to make some stops for the animal to turn around and do its needs in the fresh air.

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