Ah, summer will soon be upon us, which means, days off, sun, and, of course, vacations!
If you plan to travel by plane with your pet, the airport experience can be much more stressful (for all parties involved). It’s important to know the options, risks, and necessities of taking your furry friend to the skies.
- For dogs and cats, most airlines require an up-to-date health certificate from your veterinarian. It’s important that you and the airline know your pet is healthy enough to make the trip, as their bodies are also effected by travel.
- Airlines also tend to require proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccine.
- Pets can become anxious when flying. Some pet parents will use sedatives to calm them. However, these can cause nausea, so it’s important to talk to your vet about what’s best for them.
- Sometimes an empty tummy can be beneficial.
- For short-nosed dogs (such as a pug), careful consideration must be taken before a flight, as the change in pressure can make it difficult to breathe.
- Crates are almost always required for travel with a dog or cat.
- Make sure the create is sturdy, has nothing inside that could poke them, is properly ventilated, and has a sign indicating that there is a live animal inside with arrows pointing toward the top.
- Make sure the crate is large enough for the pet to stand, turn, and lay down.
- Have a leak proof bottom, in case of an accident.
- The American Kennel Club suggests a comfortable mat and a favorite toy to make your pet more relaxed.
- Have a water bottle in the crate.
- Make sure your pet has a good collar with a readable ID tag.
- Place identification on the outside of the crate as well, with your name, phone number, and address.
- Dogtime.com suggests taking a picture of you and your dog for the crate to help with swift identification.
- Soft-sided crates can he easier to fit under-the-seat
It’s important to check with your vet and airline to exact requirements for a flight. As with normal air travel, preparation is key.