If you have a pet you need to travel and what will you do? Maybe there will be times when you have to visit relatives or friends with urgency that leaves little or no time for planning. For a pet owner, you are faced with the dilemma of determining what to do with your pet in this situation. You can leave it at home or take your pet with you. Traveling with your pet is very possible and manageable. Here are some tips:
You could take your pet with you, with the help of air transport services. There aretwo categories of services: loading and in-cabin. Pets that are small enough to fit in a vehicle that can slide into the seat in front of you can go through the deck duty. Pets too large to fit comfortably in a carrier should stay in the cargo. Cargo holds are also heated, 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
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.