More Pet Travel and Animal Transport Tips.....
To help ensure the safety and comfort of your pet while
flying, it's important to follow some basic tips and
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the pet policies of the
airline you are flying and take note of the following in
regards to their pet policies:
Does the airline allow you to take your cat or
small dog in the cabin with you?
If that option isn't available to you, does
the airline have any restrictions on transporting your pet
below the cabin?
Does the airline have any special pet health
and immunization requirements?
What are the airlines specifications and
requirements for pet carriers?
Before you begin your trip, be sure that
your pet is "up" for the journey. This means a visit to the
vet for a medical checkup and to ensure that your pet is
up-to-date with all necessary vaccinations. Be sure to tell
your vet about your plans to travel by air. Your vet can
recommend to you whether your pet is suitable for this
method of travel. Once you've got the green light, here are
some tips that will help make you and your pet's air travel
happy and safe.
During your pre-trip vet appointment, ask your
vet to issue a health certificate for your pet. This
typically needs to be dated within ten days of departure.
Carry this with you while traveling with your pet, as it may
be required at different points throughout your travel.
Have everything packed early and leave early
to allow plenty of time to deal with normal air travel as
well as your pet's needs. Keep yourself calm before the
flight as pets sense your stress and anxiety.
Select the right airline approved pet carrier.
Carriers are available in both hard-sided and soft-sided.
Soft-sided carriers are more suitable for carry-on and tend
to fit better under the seat. Follow the manufacturer's
recommendations as far as the appropriate size carrier for
your pet. The proper size carrier should allow your pet to
be able to lie down comfortably, stand up and turn around.
Ensure for proper ventilation and comfort.
Give your pet at least a month before your
flight to become familiar with the travel carrier. This will
minimize his or her stress during travel.
Consider booking a non-peak flight, which
typically means less passengers and more cabin room. This
will help ease potential stress for your pet.
Use direct flights. Changing planes with your
pet may cause undue stress on your pet, particularly if
layover time is not adequate for a pet walk and bathroom
Always travel on the same flight as your pet.
Ask the airline if you can watch your pet being loaded and
unloaded below the cabin.
When you board the plane, notify the captain
and at least one flight attendant that your pet is traveling
with you and whether your pet is with you or below the
cabin. If the captain knows that pets are on board, he or
she may take special precautions.
Do not ship pug-nosed dogs or cats such as
Pekingese, Chow Chows, and Persians in the cargo hold. These
breeds have short nasal passages that leave them vulnerable
to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke in cargo holds.
If traveling during the summer or winter
months, choose flights that will accommodate the temperature
extremes, particularly if your pet is traveling below the
Try not to fly with your pet during busy
travel times such as holidays and the summer. Your pet is
more likely to undergo stress during hectic travel periods.
Fit your pet with with a collar that can't get
caught in carrier doors. Affix two pieces of identification
on the collar—a permanent ID with your name and home address
and telephone number and a temporary travel ID with the
address and telephone number where you or a contact person
can be reached.
Affix a travel label to the carrier with your
name, permanent address and telephone number, final
destination, and where you or a contact person can be
reached as soon as the flight arrives.
Bring along a current photo of your pet. This
will make it easier for others to help you find your pet
should your pet get separated from you.
Make sure that your pet's nails have been
clipped to protect against their hooking in the carrier's
door, holes, and other crevices.
Do not give your pet tranquilizers unless they
are prescribed by your veterinarian. Make sure your
veterinarian understands that the prescription is for air
Do not feed your pet for four to six hours
prior to air travel. Small amounts of water can be given
before the trip. If possible, put ice cubes in the water
tray attached to the inside of your pet's kennel. A full
water bowl will only spill and cause discomfort.
Carry a leash with you so that you may walk
your pet before check-in and after arrival. Do not place the
leash inside the kennel or attach it to the outside of the
When you arrive at your destination, open the
carrier as soon as you are in a safe place and examine your
pet. If anything seems wrong, take your pet to a
veterinarian immediately. Get the results of the examination
in writing, including the date and time.
Try to follow some of these important tips, and you'll keep your
pet healthy, happy and forever young.... and ready for pet
travel and transport at any time.
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