How to Travel With Your Pet on an Airplane
If you have a pet and you need to travel what will you do? Perhaps there will be times when you have to visit your relatives or friends urgently leaving you little or almost no time for planning. For a pet owner, you faced with the dilemma of determining what to do with your pet in this situation. You may either leave it in the house or bring it with you. Traveling with your pet is very possible and manageable. Here are tips:
You could take your pet with you with the help of air travel services. There are two categories of these services: cargo and in-cabin. Pets that are small enough to fit into a carrier that can slip under the seat in front of you can pass for in-cabin service. Pets too big to fit comfortably in a carrier should travel in cargo. Cargo holds are also heated, air conditioned and pressurized, similar to the passenger compartment.
It would be better for you to check first prior to making a reservation to be certain that the airline can accommodate your pet. There are airlines that do not allow pets in-cabin; other discount airlines do not take in pets at all. So if you buy your airline tickets online, be sure that your pet will be allowed to travel with you.
Pet passengers also require a booking, whether traveling by cargo or in-cabin. Airlines have limitations on the number of pets they can carry to provide safe trip for all. So it is a good idea to make your pet's reservation together with the purchase your ticket. Extra fees for both in-cabin and cargo pets will be evaluated.
Get a health certificate from your veterinarian. Most health certificates are only in effect for ten days, so if your trip will be longer than that you will need to purchase additional health certificate for the trip back.
Your in-cabin pet needs a carrier. There are soft-sided carriers that come in various sizes, so purchase or borrow one that gives your pet enough room to be comfortable in. A few of these are designed with wheels to make transporting through the airport easier; these also reduce "pet space" below the airplane seat. Generally, window and middle seating areas have more spacious room underneath than the aisle seats. Pets that travel in cargo will require an airline-approved dog house. Typically, these are hard-sided, non-collapsible crates. If your pet already has a good crate it may double as a cargo dog house, but make sure it is approved by airline standards.
Experts advice against tranquilizing your pet. The movement of the airplane seems to have a hypnotic effect, which causes pets (and people) to sleep. Once in the air you'll discover that your pet will likely sleep. A good pet training is advantageous here. Crate training your pet will prepare him/her to be a better traveler. There are a lot of resources available that will help you achieve this. The time that you will spend training will surely pay off.