For some, a vacation isn’t complete unless the furry members of the family can come along. However, traveling with pets can be stressful. If you’re planning a trip with your pets, the following tips can help ensure safe travels for everyone.
The best way to travel with your pet via airplane is to stow them under your seat inside the cabin. If your pet is too large for that, here are some suggestions to ensure their safety and comfort during the flight.
- Book Direct if Possible – Direct flights to and from your destination make it less likely that your pet will have to spend time on the tarmac outside of the airplane in extreme weather conditions, and decreases the likelihood of any mishandling.
- Use an Approved Shipping Crate – If your pet has to be transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft, their crate should be large enough for them to stand, sit, and turn around in easily, and should be lined with something absorbent such as a towel to absorb any potential accidents. Tape a bag of dried food to the outside of the crate in case airline personnel need to feed them and freeze a dish of water the night before flying so that it won’t spill while they are being loaded into the plane, but will be melted by the time they get thirsty.
- Identify the Crate – Be sure to mark your pet’s crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as your name and phone number, and a photo of the pet. In the event that your pet escapes, this could be vital information for airline employees.
Traveling short distances with your pet is usually no problem, but traveling long distances can require a little more planning than you might think.
- Prep Them for the Trip – If your furry companion isn’t an avid traveler, you can get them acclimated to spending time in the car by taking them on a series of short drives, and lengthening the time in the car gradually.
- Put Together a Travel Kit – Make sure to bring along their food, a bowl, leash, waste bags, and any medication your pet may be on. Pack up their favorite toy to give them a sense of comfort, and don’t forget to bring along plenty of water.
- Do Not Leave Your Pet in a Parked Vehicle – Even if the temperature is comfortable outside, the inside of a car can increase to more than 150 degrees in a matter of minutes when parked out in the sun, which can cause heatstroke to develop quickly.
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