Pet safety onboard:-
Pets are part of our daily lives just like another member of the family and can sometimes be part of our travel as well. Leaving them behind is sometimes not an option. Perhaps it’s moving across the country or its simply bringing your companion with you on vacation. Whatever the reasons, here are some tips to get you prepared for their journey.
In the U.S. depending on the airline, flying with a pet usually costs a surcharge of around $50. Do make sure to check as most airplanes have limited amount of space for live animals. For reservations, check three days before the flight and on the day of departure to confirm. Most airlines also have a standard operating practice for transporting pets. Contact them in advance to make sure there are no special restrictions for your flight.
A signed certificate of health from a veterinarian issued within 10 days of the flight is required stating that your pet is healthy and fit for travel. During check-up, you can also ask for sedative for your pets. This is to avoid extra stress involved when animals travel. Just like humans, pets get extremely nervous on flights too. Veterinarians recommend that a “trial-run” sedative be given for a few days before travelling to ensure that the pet responds and has no unwanted side-effects.
Depending on the size of the animals, small animals can fly with you. This is as long as the carrier can fit under the seat in front of you. Special rules for pug-nosed animals like Persian cats can normally travel with the passenger, under the seat. This is allowed since they are more at risk from oxygen deprivation. Make sure to check before making arrangements with the airline. Also ensure that your carrier is on the airline’s approved list, and that your pet can comfortably stand and turn around inside. Kennels should be sturdy, opaque, and have a grill door. Food and water bowls should be fixed inside the door so they don’t move around. Water will likely to spill out as the pet is loaded; try freezing a filled water bowl prior to leaving, or use ice cubes for more comfort.
It is highly recommended that your pet is accustomed to its carrier a week or more prior to travelling. Let them explore it by showing it to them. The pet should not get have any negative associations with the carrier. Also make sure the carrier is clearly marked with your home and destination addresses, feeding schedule in case of delays, and an indicator of which side is up.
Ultimately, the last consideration is for weather, as this greatly affects your flight plans. Most airlines do not grant permission if the weather is too hot (above 75 degrees) or too cold (below 20 degrees) for any portion of the journey. This means flying only at night during the summer months, and uncertainty during the winter months. In the end, if the animal is facing risks from cargo hold conditions, the best thing option is to leave them off the plane.
If you are travelling with a pet, the number one priority is to be prepared. Check with your airline, the veterinarian about any questions or doubts you may have. Be safe, be happy.