How do you keep your pet happy, calm, and safe when flying? Here are some tips for a safer and more stress-free flight for you and your pets.
• Check with your vet to make sure your pet doesn't have any health problems that could be aggravated by flying. For anxious pets there are veterinarian-approved medications available.
• Many airlines require proof of up-to-date vaccinations and immunizations, so be sure to have this information on hand.
• The rules and regulations regarding pet travel are directed by each individual airline. Before booking your flight, be sure to check out the rules regarding pets on your airline’s website.
• Plan for your pet’s comfort. Per most airline specifications, and recommendations from veterinarians, your pet should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in the kennel. Include a favorite toy or blanket to make them feel more at home. A soft, absorbent bedding can not only ensure your pet is comfortable, it can address potential accidents.
• Practice. If your animal has never been in a kennel, buy your travel kennel a few weeks in advance so they can adjust. Include the same toys and bedding you’ll use during the flight to help ease anxiety and make the transition easier.
• Day-of routine. It’s time to make your way to the airport. Have your schedule timed out and know as much information as you can about the airport. Our airport provides a gated, grassy area in front of the terminal for pets to use before boarding. It’s stocked with waste bags and a trash receptacle. Check out more info on our customer service page.
The bottom line: being well prepared will make your trip go more smoothly.