Every pet owner knows everything is great when shared with your pet. Perhaps you loved going on far-off travels before you got your pet, but now after you’ve got your furry friend, you haven’t had the courage to feed the wanderlust urge; perhaps you’re a person whose job requires frequent flights and change of whereabouts; whatever the situation, rest assured you can take your beloved pet with you. All it takes for a relaxing journey is for you to prepare well for this travelling experience, months in advance.
Since flying your pet is different from driving, you have to choose from the adequate airline approved pet carriers. If you aren’t sure where to begin, you can always rely on the help of experts, who have experience in pet airline transportation. As you’d be advised, your pet can have a safe and comfortable travel if there’s enough room for it in the carrier to lie down, turn around, stand, and sit, so you have to measure it properly, taking length, width, and height into account, before you do the purchase.
If you aren’t sure on how to measure, you can find instructive videos to guide you through (thank God for the internet!). Apart from choosing from the wide range of airline approved pet carriers, you also have to clean the carrier with mild water and soap as soon as you buy it, cover the floor with absorbent textile, and blankets belonging to your pet to fill it up with familiar smell and comfort, and go on road trips with the carrier so your pet would explore it and get used to it.
Every trip you take with the carrier, should bring a treat of some sort so that your pet associates the carrier, and trips, with a positive experience. It’s needless to say the carrier has to be properly marked with your ID, so get all the tags to put your name, address, and phone, as well as signs that say there’s a pet inside.
Depending on where you’re going, there are certain rules and requirements when it comes to vaccinations and health certificates, so make sure you do a thorough research and take care of what’s necessary in advance. A valuable piece of advice is to have your pet microchipped if you haven’t done so by now, to ensure you increase the chances of finding it easy if it gets lost.
Every country has a time set for quarantine (days, or months) as soon as your pet arrives at the airport, with required paperwork, so if you aren’t sure on what you should be doing, it’s best to get the help of professionals with pet airline transportation.
Also, when buying the flight tickets, make sure you let the airline know you want to travel with your pet and inquire about the fees (usually paid at the check-in desk). In case your pet is small, ask whether the specific airline of your choice allows for your pet to stay in the carrier under your seat. If your pet has to be part of the cargo, the carrier has to have proper ventilation.
When in the cargo, your pet’s carrier has to have the food and water bowls attached inside, easy for the airline staff to refill them without opening the door. On the day of the trip, equip the feed your pet at least four hours before the flight, and in case of dogs, get them for a nice walk prior to their air trip. In case your worry is your pet’s anxiety during the flight, you can ask your vet to give you some medication to make your pet sleepy. Have a safe trip!