Airline Travel with Pets

Whether or not you choose to travel with your pet, it is important to choose an airline that serves the entire route from beginning to end. You will need to be informed bout the airlines pet policies . When making travel decisions,decide what is the safest for your pets.For example, unless you’ll be able to spend a lot of time with your dog, he’ll probably be happier at home.

However if u decided to get your pet along, follow the following tips for a stress free journey:

1. Choose the cabin if u do decide to fly your pet

If flying your pet is the only option, find out whether he can travel in the cabin with you. For an additional fee, most airlines will allow you to take a cat or small dog in the cabin. However you must inform the airline well in advance; there are limits to the number of animals allowed in the cabin. If you are transporting your dog, make sure she meets the size requirements.

2. Ask relevant questions

When you contact the airline, be sure to get clear answers to these questions:

Will the airline allow you to take your cat or small dog in the cabin with you?Does the airline have any special pet health and immunization requirements? Be sure to check the flights websites pertaining to their pet policies.

3. Visit your Vet just to be sure

Almost every airline in the world requires documentation from the veterinarian that your pet is eligible to board a flight.The vet will also make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations and other shots are up to date. However,don’t visit the vet too early,. Most airlines require that your pet’s clean bill of health be no more than 10 days old.

4. Book a Direct Flight For Pet Air Travel

Book a non-stop flight whenever possible to avoid plane changes; you will avoid the mistakes that occur during airline transfers and possible delays in getting your pet off the plane.

5. Take precautions when bringing your pet through airport security

Your pet’s carrier will have to pass through the security screening along with you. You have two options: Either be sure your pet is securely harnessed so you can safely contain her outside her carrier while it’s being x-rayed, or request a special secondary screening that won’t require you to take her out of her carrier.

Don’t hesitate to complain if you witness the abuse of an animal—either yours or someone else’s—at any airport. Ask to speak with the manager and report it. Travel safe.

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