Sometimes when you’re taking a trip to your dream vacation spot, hitting the road just isn’t an option. In the next section of our summer travel series, we look into flying with your pet. Here are some tips to help you avoid turbulence on you and your pet’s next flight!
- Know the Cost: – Nearly all major airlines have a surcharge ready for you when you’re bringing a pet on a flight. From as low as $75 to as high as $300 each way, it’s important that you realize the cost associated with bringing your pet aboard before booking your flight. These costs also vary based on whether your pet will be in a carrier under your seat or boarding in the cargo area – and it’s also important for you to know which section is permissible for your breed/size before preparing for your flight.
- Know the Restrictions: – In addition to the costs associated with flying your pet, it’s very important to know what restrictions are present that might affect your pet. Different airlines allow different sizes of pets to join you in the cabin while others make it mandatory that all pets are kept among the cargo. Know your airlines policies on how and where your pet is to be secured – or if it’s even allowed at all! Some breeds are banned from commercial air flights by specific airlines. After incidents involving the death of bulldogs in transit, a major airliner has disallowed any short-nosed breeds from coming aboard due to potential respiratory issues once in the air. It’s vital to consider the health and security of your pet before stepping aboard – you know them best!
- Know Your Pet: –Nobody knows your pet better than you. Consider their attitude, demeanor and overall health when considering a flight. If they have issues with seperation anxiety and your chosen airline won’t allow them to join you in the cabin, realize that they will be alone – and likely scared – in the cargo area of the flight. That said, hundreds of thousands of pets take flight to enjoy vacation with their owners every year. Here are some tips to help make their flight as stressful as possible:
- Tire them out – Whether your flight is one hour or seven, your pet is entering a new, uncomfortable atmosphere where they won’t get a potty break. Make sure they have a chance to exert as much of their energy as possible before entering the plane – as well as a chance to relieve themselves!
- Keep them comfortable – Keep their favorite toys or blankets in the carrier with them to keep them as comfortable as possible. If they aren’t in the cabin and won’t get a chance to hear the reassuring sound of your voice, consider leaving one of your t-shirts or socks in there as well – to them, nothing is more comforting than the scent of you!
- Consider skipping breakfast –Even if your furry friend is well-acclimated to travel on the road, even the most travel-seasoned veterans might trouble stomaching all the dips and rises associated with flight. Save yourself – and them – the mess by keeping them fasted for short to medium-length flights.
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