Vacations And Holidays – Keep Pets Healthy And Safe On Flights

January 2, 2010

in Cats

Whenever your vacation or holiday travel plans involve taking an air flight with your pet, you are part of a growing trend that has been increasing over the last number of years. Here are some travel tips concerning flying on airlines with your pet when you are on vacations or holidays.

Most airlines will charge a nominal fee to allow your small pet to accompany you, if it will fit into a FAA approved pet carrier that is small enough to stow under your seat. The following important info can help you keep your pet safe, healthy, and happy on airplane flights.

When you are booking a flight, it’s a good idea to make reservations for yourself and your pet as early as possible. You have to let the airline know that you want to bring your pet with you. It’s very important to tell them, as they will only allow a limited number of pets on each flight. Some airlines will not allow pets at all, especially on international flights. Make sure that you confirm your flight the day before you leave on your trip. If you are traveling internationally you need to confirm your flight seventy-two hours before you go.

Before you fly into the wide blue yonder with your furry travel companion, you need to take him or her a checkup at the vet, to make sure he or she is healthy enough to travel. You will need to take its health certificate with you, showing that your pet’s up-to-date on all vaccinations, including rabies. When traveling, your pet must wear its current vaccination tag. As well, your pet must meet health regulations of the country you’ll be traveling to. Bring a copy of your pet’s medical records along that lists its chronic medical conditions, allergies, and medications.

If you have not done this already, you should get your pet micro-chipped. That way, if your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, where its chip can be scanned, you both can be reunited. Keep in mind that your pet’s I.D. tag will have your home address and phone number on it. That will not be of much help if your pet is lost while you’re on vacation. It is a good idea to get another tag made up with your destination address and phone number on. What could happen if you pet isn’t found until after you’ve returned from your vacation? It makes sense that you should leave both your home identification tag on your pet as well as attaching the new tag. That way you will have all bases covered and have a better chance of being reunited with your pet.

You should carry a picture of you pet with you when you travel. It will help you prove that you are the pet’s owner if any problems of ownership occur. Also, the picture can be used to make some flyers up to post in the area where your pet was lost.

Flying with a pet that is too large to fit in a FAA approved pet carrier isn’t advisable as it will have to be stowed in the cargo hold. Putting your pet in the cargo hold can be very traumatic and dangerous to your pet’s health. It would make a lot more sense to leave your pet with friends, or a reliable pet sitting service when you’re on vacation.

The American Veterinary Medical Association advises against tranquilizing or sedating your pet when flying, particularly dogs. Dogs regulate the temperature of their bodies by panting, so if they are sedated, they may not be able to pant. If this should happen, it can leave them defenseless against any fluctuation of temperature and air pressure that occurs in the cargo holds of every flight. Keep in mind that pets don’t like flying, or being stuffed into a cramped kennel and left alone in a dark and desolate cargo compartment. It has to be terrifying for them.

There are many websites that have additional valuable information on traveling with your pet. Two wonderful sites are the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at, and the Department of Agriculture at, which has an excellent article called, Traveling With Your Pet.

If you are looking for a great travel carrier for your small pet, you may want to consider the popular, FAA approved pet carrier, Sherpa On Wheels. This Cadillac of pet carriers is a luxurious, comfortable home for a pet when they fly. It has convenient front and top entries, mesh panels for ventilation, recessed wheels, as well as a detachable pull handle and a shoulder strap. It can be seen on line at

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