With summer vacations right around the corner, we know that fun getaways are part of people’s summer plans! With all the preparation needed before the trip, lets not forget about our four-legged friends. Are you planning to travel with your pet? Traveling with your cat or dog requires early planning and provision. When you follow these 10 tips, flying with and lodging your pet can be a breeze.
1. Book Your Flights Well in Advance
Because many airlines limit the number of animals on a flight to just one or two, booking early is key. Booking early increases the likelihood of obtaining a ticket for your pet and gives you more time to review the airline’s regulations and recommendations and prepare accordingly.
2. Schedule a Checkup
Within ten days of your flight date, schedule a checkup for your cat or dog to ensure he or she is healthy enough for international travel and all of his or her immunizations are up to date. Request a verification of health and immunizations from your veterinarian to present to the airport if necessary.
3. Choose Your Flight Wisely
When choosing a flight, a one-flight trip is always safest for pets in the cargo area. Avoiding a layover can help prevent losing a pet in the changeover process, i.e. he or she is moved to the wrong flight. Travel when temperatures are mild to prevent exposure to extreme heat or cold during the flight if your pet will be riding cargo.
4. Feeding Time
Feed your pet approximately four hours before lift off. Feeding too close to your flight time can give your cat or dog an upset stomach during the flight. Exercise your dog right before the flight and during any layovers if possible.
5. Arrive Early
It’s important to arrive for your flight earlier than usual when traveling with a pet. This ensures time to get everything approved as well as exercise your pet and allow him or her an ample drink of water.
6. Practice, Practice, Practice
Buy a pet carrier well in advance, and have your pet practice staying in the pet carrier, first with you nearby and then alone. Riding in a carrier ahead of time will help your pet come familiar with the feeling and prevent or minimize anxiety during the flight.
7. Never Sedate Your Pet
Although pet owners often believe that sedating their pet will improve their traveling experience, sedation can cause respiratory distress as the flight enters higher altitudes. Never sedate your pet before travel.
8. Yes, Your Pet Needs a Passport
If flying internationally, over 240 countries require that your pet have a passport. Knowing all pet import rules and regulations can help make your travel process smoother.
9. Check Out Pet Friendly Hotels, Park and Other Spots
Going back to Tip 1, booking early enough should help you review flight rules and regulations. However, during this process, make sure you check out all the pet friendly hotels, parks, and other spots in the area of our destination so that your pet doesn’t get shut out!
10. It’s Ok to Leave Your Pet
We know how important it is to have your pet with you but sometimes the trip may be too short or long, or just not accommodating. Make sure to do your research thoroughly. If it seems like it can work, great! If not, make plans to leave your pet at home in comfort as it will give you something to look forward to coming home!
Traveling with your pet can be easy as one, two, three if you follow these simple recommendations! Please let us know if these tips on travel with your pet help. For more information, check this site out!