Traveling with your pet can be fun, but it can also be extremely stressful for both you and your dog or cat. If you’re going to fly with your dog it’s incredibly important that you have a plan in place ahead of time. In some cases, your pet will be able to fly in a carrier underneath your seat. however, in other cases, your pet may be required to fly in the cargo hold of your plane. In either case, it’s important that you take some precautions to make sure that Your pet has a safe, comfortable flight. Here are some tips for flying with your pet:
Before you book your flight, make sure that you thoroughly research your airline’s rules about flying with pets. In nearly all cases you will be required to pay a special fee for your pet. In addition, your pets carrier will likely have to be compliant with special guidelines pertaining to its size. It’s not uncommon for airlines to require pet owners to have certain paperwork pertaining to their pets health and vaccination records as well. This is especially true if you will be flying internationally. In addition to your airline’s rules, you want to research the rules for bringing a pet into your destination point. For example, any dogs flying into Hawaii are subject to quarantine.
If your dog will be riding in the cargo hold, make sure that your carrier complies with your airline’s guidelines. In addition to this, you will want to thoroughly inspect your carrier before you leave for your trip. Take special care to ensure that it closes properly and is free from any damage. You will also want to make sure that your pet is able to comfortably turn around within the carrier. If your pet will be flying in a carrier underneath your seat, you will also want to make sure that they have enough room to lay down and turn around comfortably. Carriers with mesh sides for airflow can help keep your pet comfortable during a flight.
The truth of the matter is, not all pets are healthy enough to fly. If your pet is prone to stress or if they have a serious medical condition such as heart disease, then you may want to consider leaving them at home. Even if you have no reason to suspect that your pet would have a problem on a plane, it’s a good idea to check with your veterinarian just to be sure.
Traveling with your pet can be fun but flying with dogs and cats can come with risks as well. If you have an upcoming flight planned for you and your pet, make sure that you take the time to plan ahead. This will help you avoid any surprises at the airport and ensure that your trip is as stress-free as possible for you and your pet.