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Taking Your Pet On Vacation

Aug 27, 2008
As the cost of flights is always decreasing it would appear that there is a comparative increase in demand. All of us are dog or cat owners and many of us take pleasure in taking our pets on trips with us when traveling by rail or car however when we think about traveling another country by air few of us consider taking our pets even though cheap flights are available.

Pet Air Travel and the Rules and Regulations

While it may have been common, not so long ago , for airlines to permit pets to be sat on your lap during air travel it is unfortunately almost never allowed these days . This is due to the the massively increased security rules now enforced by the governments or airlines . Also pet air travel can be rather difficult as a pet can occasionally become irritable or distressed to such a degree that it becomes something of a pain and certainly annoyingly difficult to to keep in hand.

You will be happy to hear that it is sometimes the case that some airlines, while restricting a passengers small animal to the cargo hold for the time of the flight, will permit you to watch the transfer. However there are no guarantees that this is permitted by an airline so you must ensure that you discuss this before or while booking your flight.

More Things To Remember

1.The Pet Carrier

When deciding upon which pet carrier to use for air travel the three most important factors to remember are the weight, type and size of both the pet box and your pet. You should always make sure that there is plenty of excess room surrounding your pet to allow it to move a little but also to make it feel most comfortable during the flight.

2. Security Issues of Pet Air Travel

Unfortunately all flights carry the risk of loss or damage to luggage. However great care is taken, by the handlers, of animals but it is possible minimize the risk further by a few simple actions. At all times your pet container should be clearly labeled but you should make sure that it is stuck on properly and contains as much information as possible, outbound destination, home address, your contact details and the contact details of some other person incase the airline is unable to contact yourself directly. It is also a good idea to stick such a label to the interior of the pet box and you should also fit an identification tag to your creature with a close fitting collar (if possible).

Electronic tagging is also a fantastic idea but get this done as soon as it can be by visiting your vet. You should discuss with your vet, at the earliest opportunity, your planned trip as it is he who will know the most on the subject to give sound advice. By advising your vet of your planned destination he will be able to discover any precautions, such as injections , or any restrictions so that you can be fully prepared.

By reading and following the above pet air travel tips you will be equipping yourself with important facts that will help increase the safety and comfort of your creature during the trip. I would strongly advise that you take the time to read as many similar articles, and speak to as many people, as possible just to make certain that everything has been considered.
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