Some travelers have pets, and when on the road, they need to go along. This usually happens when there is no other available option to leave them hack home. These are top 10 tips for flying with pets, in no specific order, as all are important.
Domestic and international traveling has different rules
The laws of the country or state you fly to don’t allow for certain type of pets. Make sure your pet is allowed to travel or to live in the destination country. Make sure their vaccines are up-to-date as well.
Make sure you can fly with your pet
Many airlines allow service animals in the cabin, but their number is limited. Your best bet would be to book earlier, and to talk with the desired airline about rules you should be aware of. You also need to confirm your reservation.
Calculate the trip’s fare
You should be aware that you will also pay for your pet’s trip, not only yours and your luggage. Be aware that depending on the size and type of pet you have the costs will be different.
Pets are not luggage, but they too can get lost. By using ID tags on your pet’s collar and cage, you reduce the risk. A microchip or tattoo is also useful and the associated info must be up-to-date.
Exercise your pet
If you want a calm pet during your flight you have higher chances of achieving it if you exercise your pet for longer before your trip. Some say you should do it the day before, but it might be better to do it a few hours before the flight. Ensure the animal is comfortable in crowded and moving places as well, by riding the subway or other public transportation system in your city.
Don’t sedate the animal
Tranquilizing the animals before a flight is not advised. Doing so can kill the pet, and you won’t be able to hold the airline responsible for it.
Pay attention to the crate
The general rules say that your pet must be able to stand in it, have water, some food, bedding, and even a toy or two. Additionally, don’t forget to check with your airline to see just how big can the cage be.
Secure the crate
Make sure your furry friend cannot escape the cage you place him in, but the crew should be able to open it in case of emergency. Carry a photo of him and attach another one on the crate should the animal escape.
Prepare for “accidents”
It is better not to feed or give too much water toy your pet before you take off, as he can get too emotional and litter the cage. You should cover the bottom of the crate with papers though.
Talk to the vet
If your pet’s health is not the greatest, you should consult with the vet regarding the effects high altitude may have on him. Better to travel by train or car if flying is too dangerous for your four legged friend.