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5 Things to Consider while Flying with Your Pet

2014-02-20 10:07:45

If case you own a pet, it is very important to understand that family vacations are no longer limited to your children and close relatives. According to various studies and researches, more than half of pet owners take their pets with them whenever they travel. When you're going on a long trip, it may not be possible to leave your lovely companion behind.

Thus, you need to take him with you on a flight. Before you make booking arrangements, it is important to consider some important things about flying with your pet. In this post, we've discussed some effective tips to make the travel much safer and comfortable for both you and the pet.

Prepare Yourself for the Worst - It is very important to prepare yourself for the worst. You should attach a second tag to your pet's collar. This tag should include your home address, contact number and other information about the place where you will be staying. You should also carry your pet's medical records with you.

At times, cargo employees in an airline misplace the carriage or lose the tags. Therefore, it is important to be prepared in advance. You need to make sure that even if your pet is lost, someone is able to return him to you.

Fit to Fly - In case your pet is very old, too young or sick, it will be better to leave him at home. You also need to understand that some pets don't feel comfortable in cargo and may experience breathing difficulties. Most of the major airlines don't allow such pets to fly in cargo hold. Before you make arrangements, you should make sure your pet is fit to fly.

Extensive Research - It is very important to conduct an extensive research about flying with your pet. You should check various regulations and fees set by different airlines. You should also check if an airline lets your pet fly in the cabin or cargo. Most importantly, you need to check the airline's history regarding pet travel. It is also important to ensure there are not a lot of complaints regarding pets being stolen, lost or dying.

Documentation - If you're planning to travel overseas, you need to find certain vaccinations for your pet. You will also need to gather information about animal import requirements. Every airline needs you to fill relevant paperwork before making arrangements for your pet. You should make sure you go through the paperwork carefully. If possible, you should also ask for a pet insurance from the airline.

Prepare Your Pet's Carrier - Last but not the least, you need to buy a kennel that offers ample space for your pet. In case your pet has never traveled before, you should spend some time to make sure it gets used to the carrier. You also need to attach separate ID tags on your pet's collar and carrier.

It is never easy to leave your pet behind when you're out there having fun. However, you need to choose what's best for your pet. Before you plan a trip with your pet, make sure you take all the necessary precautions so that your pet also enjoys the trip with you, while feeling safe and comfortable.

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