According to the Air Transport Association, more than 500,000 pets travel by air each year in the United States alone. However, travel puts a lot of pressure on pets. Imagine the pressure on your travels and double it, which is the feeling of a pet. Therefore, if you plan to take your pet on your next trip, this article will bring you good, bad and ugly information about traveling with pets.
- You don't have to bother looking for a trusted pet sitter or looking for a reliable friend/family who will remember to take care of your pet
- Being able to travel with your pets gives you peace of mind. This means you don't have to worry about how your pet will be at home or with a pet sitter while on vacation.
- Not all airlines are allowed to bring pets. Some airlines do not allow pets on flights.
- Depending on the airline, but those airlines that do allow pets are usually charged a fee of $125-$250 in one way [this also depends on the destination you fly to].
- Pets are subject to a lot of stress when traveling. Pets encounter many sources of environmental stress when traveling on an airplane, such as temperature changes, noise and movement changes.
- According to statistics provided by the Department of Transportation, between May and July 2010, 122 dogs died in the cargo hold of American Airlines.
- In 2011, 35 pets died and more than half died on a plane flying Delta.
- The law does not require airlines to report pet incidents such as accidents, losses and deaths.
Now that you have the idea of traveling with pets, you must know the following when you decide to travel with a pet.
Preparation before flight
- Because travel is already very hard for your pet, consider other factors before deciding whether to carry it, and these factors may put more pressure on them. If your pet is too big or too small, consider handing it over to a neighbor or family member. This is also true if they are at high temperatures or pregnant.
- Bring your pet to the vet for inspection. This is to ensure that your pet is in good health. Also, prepare your vaccine for your pet before you travel. You can ask for a health certificate to be presented on the counter before boarding.
- Book your flight in advance. Since different airlines have different policies for bringing pets to the plane, it is better to make arrangements as early as possible. An easy way to do this is to make an online reservation. This way, you can not only learn through their pet policy, but also learn more about your choice through price.
- Airlines have different policies regarding the size of carriers allowed in the cabin. Before purchasing a carrier, please confirm the size and request with your airline. Remember that the carrier and the carry-on baggage are subject to the same regulations. You can review the FAA's policy on carry-on rules for reference.
- Some dog trainers recommend training your pet, especially when traveling before the flight. Some of the suggested techniques are to place them on the floor of the car while driving. This makes them accustomed to the changes in motion that may be experienced on the plane. Others also recommend the use of associative agents, such as lavender oil, on pets. You can drop a drop of oil before feeding or walking. Doing so makes them positively related to the smell. Therefore, if your pet will be separated from you, you can drop a drop of lavender oil on its carrier to keep them calm during the journey.