Traveling with a pet has become a popular option for vacationers and those who simply enjoy getting out of the house. While it is definitely more fun to take someone along on vacation with your pet, there are some important things you must know when planning to travel with your pet. If you travel with your pets often, this can be one of the easiest trips you ever take with the family since you will have an idea of how to travel with pets. But, if you only travel once or twice a year, you may want to read on to make sure you will not have any problems.
When traveling with your pet, you must have him or her spayed or neutered if breeding is planned. Most animals don’t need a special license, but you must still ensure that your pet will receive proper medical attention if traveling. Your pet will likely have to be dewormed, get annual vaccinations and be checked regularly by a veterinarian. In your destination country, your veterinarian can also provide you with the information you need in order to keep your pet healthy while traveling.
For pet travel, you will have a variety of options. Some airlines offer flying without a pet carrier. However, most airlines will only allow pets into the cabin with their crate or kennel. You can call your airline and find out if they offer this service to make sure you will be able to bring your pet on board.
Other animals will need their own crate or kennel on the plane, so make sure you check with your airline. If you are flying with a large dog or cat, you may not be allowed to place them in the cabin with your other passengers, especially if they are large and bulkier than the other passengers. Before taking your animal on board, be sure to call your airline and find out exactly what regulations apply to your particular flight.
There are also some airlines that will allow you to take your pet on board as a cargo. This is usually fine if you are flying for a short amount of time. It is best to check first to see if this option is available for your flight. Usually, the airlines require your pet to remain in the cargo area unless you pay an additional fee. Some destinations do not allow pets to be carried as cargo, so check with the destination country and the airline to find out the specifics.
If you are flying with a large dog or cat and need a crate, there are a variety of different sizes and styles to choose from. The type of crate you choose depends on the airline’s rules and the environment where you will be traveling. A fabric-based dog crate is more suitable for air travel because it allows your pet to breathe easier and provides a more secure environment. Fabric-based crates are also easy to clean, which can be an issue when you are traveling with an animal.
If you are traveling with your furry (or feathered) family member, there are specific airlines that serve pets only. Examples are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Pet Care International. These services offer many benefits including pet boarding, grooming, special seating, and vet services. The only drawback to these types of services is that you must pre-book your pet. This means that you will have to make the time and effort to visit the destination airport, which may be a bit inconvenient. Pet sitting and grooming services are usually available throughout the world, but they may be more popular at certain times and in certain areas.
Some travelers may be worried about their cats not being able to leave their kennels during the flight. However, there are now special cat cabins that are designed just for transporting cats and are suitable for any type of flight. There is a wide variety of cabin designs available on the market. For instance, some offer enclosed compartments with water/kitchen, litter tray trays and a window, while others offer a solid wood cabin with a separate sleeping area. You should consult your vet for recommendations on the best type of cabin for your pets.