Many of us choose, whether out of obligation or just love, to bring our pets with us when we travel. If you have never done so before, you may be surprised at what to expect and what you need. Whether traveling with pets out of necessity or need, the fact still remains, that there are just some things you need to be aware of when traveling by air.
Depending on what airline you use, pet policies will vary at least somewhat, however, some rules regarding your pet will be universal and at the least, all will be quite similar. Below are some of the tips and advice you should know before taking your pet on your next vacation.
First of all, it is important that you call and reserve your pets flight ahead of time as just getting on the plane may be difficult. For example, most airlines have only limited space if you choose to bring your pet in the cabin with you (only small pets such as cats or small dogs). If you call too late, you may be denied access to the option, so make sure to book your flight and your pets at the same time.
Second, if you have a larger animal such as large breed dog, you will be obligated to check your pet, however, if the weather is too hot, you may be denied access to this feature as well. For your pets safety, if the weather is over a certain temperature, pets will not be allowed as the cargo holds may get to hot for them.
Third, there are just some animals and breeds not allowed on planes. Animals which may be considered “dangerous” or pets which are known to have respiratory issues such as breeds with short snouts, will be denied boarding and not allowed with you, again, for their safety. If you are not sure, ask about your pet ahead of time.
- When planning a vacation with you pet and traveling by air, these are a few of the other considerations that you should contemplate when planning and booking your vacation to avoid trouble on your flight.
- Pets may be required to have vaccination or health certificates when traveling to some parts of the U.S. and abroad. Ask what is required of your pet well in advance.
- Know the size restrictions for your pet and your pet carrier. Though you may think you have followed all the rules and that your pet is comfortable, if the screeners disagree, you can be denied without question. Make sure your pet is in a carrier that is the right size and fits comfortably to avoid issues.
- Arrive earlier than normal. You should already arrive at least 1 hour early, however, if you are bringing a pet, you should arrive even earlier.
- Contact your destination if traveling abroad, to find out if pets are even allowed within their country. Some areas just prefer you not bring your pet as issues may arise with health and safety of their own species.
- Bringing your pet will cost you. For example, one airline charges you $125 per carrier if your are carrying on and over $200 to check your pet. These fees vary from airline to airline.
- You may be asked to remove your pet from the carrier, be prepared to do so.
- Bringing your pet may be fun and can be simple if you prepare and know what to expect before you go. Do your part to learn more about travel before you go in order to make the most of your trip.
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