Tips on Traveling with Your Pet

Traveling with your Pet in the Friendly Skies

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Flying with your pet can be stressful for you as well as your  little darling. It is best to choose a reputable airline that is known to cater to animals. Also don’t fly in peak holiday times or at the busiest times of the day which is usually in the mornings and late afternoons. Traveling with your pet in the evening will be less noisy which will keep you pet calmer.

When you are traveling with your pet, be sure to have the animal wear a collar with proper tags. Have your pet micro-chipped beforehand in case he/she gets lost. Most airlines have scanning devices to scan for microchips containing owner information. Also, bring current pictures of your pet that can be distributed to airport personnel should it become necessary.

Make Sure Traveling with Your Pet is First Class

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One of the most important decisions you will make when traveling with your pet is the type of crate you buy. When shopping, purchase a top-quality airline compliant crate with enough room for your cat or dog to turn around. Make sure steel nuts and bolts are used to secure the two halves of your crate together, not plastic fasteners. Another tip is to use heavy wrapping tape to wrap the crate many times to secure it even more and lessen the probability of it splitting apart.

Before you get to the airport, be sure to write the name of your pet, your name and your phone number on the crate with paint or a permanent marker. Also write the destination the animal is flying to and the date of travel on the crate. Add big colorful stickers that call attention to the crate so airline personnel will notice the animal carrier easily.

Traveling with Your Pet can be Obsessive

If you have to check your pet into the cargo area, stand at the gate window and try look for your animal being boarded. You might be the last to board the airplane; however it is worth the peace of mind. Also once all of the passengers have boarded, if at all possible, put in a request to the gate attendant to radio the baggage area and make sure your pet was loaded on the aircraft. It can be most disheartening to arrive at your destination without your beloved animal.

Last but not least, make certain that you don’t leave anything in the crate that your pet can rip to shreds, or chew on that might make him choke. A hollow white bone or a plastic chew toy may help the animal remain calm throughout the flight. I hope these tips will prepare you when traveling with your pet.

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