by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
Whenever you go traveling, sometimes you just want your pet to come along. This isn't unusual, and it's completely understandable how you would want your favorite buddy to come along for the ride. You don't always drive everywhere though, and sometimes you have to fly with your pet. This can always be an interesting adventure because flying with pets takes a significant amount of extra paperwork and responsibility. When you fly with your pets, one of the things you need to make sure to do, is to watch your pet being loaded into the cargo hold.
The thought of spending an entire flight (regardless of the duration) in a cargo hold is pretty much horrifying to me, and I'm sure it's not too much more thrilling to your pet. Flying in the cargo hold can be frightening enough on its own, and so if you're flying with your pet, you want to make sure that everything is the best it can be. One of the best things you can do to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet is to watch it being loaded into the cargo hold.
There are a few objectives accomplished by this act: first, you make sure that your pet is loaded onto the plane. It would be definitely upsetting to land from your flight only to be told that your pet didn't make it on. Second, it allows you to be sure that your pet is being handled in a proper and safe way. It's not too harsh to admit that, in a hurry, a crew of cargo loaders could be not too gentle with the pets they are supposed to be loading. Third, you can be a comfort to your pet. If you're there with your pet while it is being loaded, your very presence can help calm it down, and make it less nervous. I'm sure it is a nerve-wracking experience to have to deal with being stuck in a crate and then loaded onto a plane for a not-too-comfortable ride. If you, as the pet owner, are there to help ease the potential trauma of this process, then your pet will definitely be thankful.
So, as you can see, there are multiple reasons for asking to be present when they load your pet into the cargo hold. The pets aren't too excited themselves, and so anything you can do to ensure the pets' boarding, safety, and comfort, is a good thing. Make sure that you follow all the necessary safety precautions when flying with your pet, and hopefully all will go smoothly!
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