Are you travelling by air with your pet? Whether it’s for vacation or you’re relocating to a new place, there are many reasons that could require you and your pet to take to the sky. Unfortunately, your animal likely won’t be allowed in the cabin with you, unless it is a service animal or under 11 inches tall and 15 pounds in weight. So to ensure your pet has the best air travel experience possible, you’ll want to follow the guidelines below.
Check-In with Your Vet
Taking your pet for a quick check-up with the vet is an excellent idea prior to air travel. Animals that are found to be unhealthy or skiddish, shouldn’t be subjected to the stress of airplane travel. In these scenarios, it’s best to leave your pet at home and have a pet sitter or relative care for them while you’re gone.
Select the Best Route
When picking a flight to your intended destination, keep the well-being of your pet in mind. Being transferred to another plane will add additional stress for the animal. If it’s possible, try booking a direct flight to your destination.
Make Use of Good Equipment
To minimize the stress of your pet throughout the travel experience, it’s important that a proper pet crate is used. Pet crates should have ample ventilation, a waterproof bottom, a spring locked door, disabled wheels and no handles.
It’s also important that the crate is the correct size for the animal. Airline rules for pet travel call for the animal to be able to fully stand up and turn around in the crate. A well-sized crate will help keep your pet calm and stress-free during the flight.
Have Visible Identification and Documentation
When flying with your pet, Live Animal and Directional Stickers are essential. It’s also advised that you attach the pet’s name, your name and cell number, any medical considerations, temperature issues (if applicable) and a picture of the pet. All this information can be written out and attached to the side of the crate in a plastic sleeve.