by Kyrstie Waters
(last updated June 18, 2009)
It is becoming more common to fly with pets these days. However, there are some things to keep in mind when flying with pets. Always check with the airlines to make sure they can and will accommodate your pet for travel. Some airlines do not allow pets to be flown either cargo or carry-on. Double check with your airline to be sure that they will accommodate your pet before you book your trip.
Most airlines only allow small dogs and cats to be in the cabin on the plane. Larger animals will be flown with the cargo. If your pet is in the cabin with you, you must have a small carrier made out of hard plastic or metal. Remember that most airlines only allow one pet per person. If you have more than one small pet you may have to purchase another seat for it. Larger animals will need a carrier with at least three ventilated sides and must also be made from hard plastic or metal. Some airlines only allow two pets in the cargo at one time. It is very important to check with the airlines to make sure your pet is on the same flight as you. Different airlines have different policies regarding pet travel, so be sure to check with them before embarking on your trip.
Before you leave for your trip, check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is healthy enough to fly. Flying can be very stressful for your pet, as you can imagine. The stress caused by flying could cause serious problems with your pet if he or she is not healthy enough to fly. Make sure you check with the airlines to know exactly how much it will cost to fly your pet, what papers need to be with them, and what papers you need to pick them up when you have landed at your destination.
Make a list of questions you want to ask your airline and veterinarian about flying with your pets before leaving for your trip. It is very important to be well educated about flying with pets and to make sure your pet is healthy enough to fly. After the flight, your pet may be a little stressed. Give them some time to relax and get used to their new environment. Keep an eye on them, and consult a veterinarian if their condition does not improve after a couple days. Keep these tips in mind as you embark on your journey and be glad your pet can experience it with you!
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