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 should check out is what your airline's policy is on allowing small pets in the plane cabin.
Traveling with pets is a hard, frustration, and responsibility filled endeavor, and anything you can do to minimize the stress endured by you and your pet is to see if there's any way you can fly with your pet in the cabin of the plane. If your pet can fly with you in the cabin of the plane, then you'll be saving you and your pet lots of stress and frustration. This way, you won't have to worry about your pet successfully making it on the plane, or how your pet will fare back in the cargo hold with all those other pets, and pressure changes. Animals react differently to such things and if your pet happens to have a problem and if you are in the cabin with your pet, you'll better be able to spot problems with your pet.
Your pet will also be able to better stay calm during the plane ride if it's close to you. Your presence as its owner can really help it feel better about the whole ordeal, and your pet will be so grateful to have you close by. I've known many a pet that gets frantic and upset when it's separated from its owner in a unfamiliar situation, and you don't want your pet to be freaking out the entire plane ride while in the cargo hold. By taking your pet with you in the cabin of the plane, then you can definitely set its nerves at ease.
While there are many advantages to having your pet fly with you in the cabin, you do need to check with the airline you're flying, and make sure that taking your pet with you is acceptable. Some airlines have stricter policies regarding pet transport, and some are more conducive to those who want their pets to come along. Just do your homework and you'll be set to go with vacationing with your pet!
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