Pet Air Travel is Easy Thanks to Pet-Friendly Airlines
Planning on a doing some pet air travel? Everything you need to know to make it as smooth as possible, from checking in to landing.
Despite rising prices of gas and the associated hiking up of plane fare, Americans are preparing to travel for the summer. Increasingly, pet owners are electing to take their animals with them during the travels. If this is something you’re considering, read on! Pet air travel is comparable in expense to a boarding kennel, only you don’t have to worry about your pet’s mental health while you’re away. Here are some things to consider when planning your pet air travel.
Individual Airline Policies:
We are happy to report that most airlines servicing the United States are pet friendly. However, some are more accommodating than others. Be sure to book your pet’s flight as soon as possible, and no later than seven days before the flight. You will also need to make sure your animal is current on all vaccinations and procedures. Research each airline’s pet policy page.
Make sure to bring two copies of all the paperwork, and have it easily accessible at the check-in to ensure prompt boarding.
Cabin or Cargo:
This also falls under individual policies of airlines. Depending on the size of your animal, you may be allowed to have them with you in the cabin. Cats, rabbits, some birds and toy breed dogs (usually under twenty pounds) should apply. Larger animals will need to be stored in the cargo area.
Time of Year:
Pet air travel may not be possible during certain times of the year or to certain locations. During the hottest and coldest months, the cargo area becomes unsuitable for animals. Keep this in mind when making your travel plans, and check with the airline to make sure your animal will be allowed to fly.
Before You Fly
Now that everything has been squared away, follow these tips to ensure the best results for pet air travel.
– Don’t feed your dog or cat within three hours of the flight. This is to minimize any accidents during transit. Water them before leaving home, and let your dog do his business outside as close to leaving as possible. Pack the crate with old towels for comfort and also to make clean-up easier, should there be any bowel movements or urination before landing.
– Clean towels also add a measure of comfort. They smell like home, which should help calm your pet, especially in the event they that are stowed in the cargo area. It’s also easier on the joins as the crate is moved.
– Upon landing, let your animal out and give him food and water. Successful pet air travel hasn’t been accomplished until your pet has been calmed and reassured. Let them out to see the sunshine, give them a good amount of attention as soon as you can, even among the chaos of finding your checked baggage and securing a ride away from the airport.
Okay! You’re ready to start your research. The first stop is finding which airlines are a good fit for you and your animal’s needs. Start with our Pet Policies page. We constantly update our site to bring you the latest information in changing airline pet policies.
Do some quick checking and book your flight today!