How to travel safe and easy with pets
Although many people would prefer to move by car over longer distances, sometimes it is more convenient to travel by air. Traveling with pets is one of the most challenging kinds of journeys, and it’s not surprising that pet owners are worried about their fluffy friends. The journey is always an element of risk, but there are effective ways to make the flight easier and more pleasant for both parties.
SafeSpace has prepared useful tips how to avoid problems when traveling with pets on board.Good planning is important
Treat traveling with pets as one of the main events in your life, like buying a car or performing an operation. So as you do not choose a random doctor from your phone book or do not throw lots of money to buy a car, have not read the reviews from other owners, you should not hurry to go on a trip with your pet. First of all you should carefully plan everything. Talk to pet owners who have already experienced a flight, find companies that provide services for the transportation of animals (if available in your city, of course). Consider all possible options to avoid exposing your pet to severe stress.Follow the rules
First, gather as much information as you can to learn about live animal regulations. Are you going by an international flight? Different countries require you pet to have various vaccines and medical documents.
Second, you have to provide a certificate from a veterinarian about your animal’s health, veterinary certificate for dogs, i.e., a certificate from the club that your pet does not have breeding value, even if you do not intend to leave the country. A rabies shot is to be got for a maximum of a year and at least a month prior to the trip.
Finally, animals weighing up to 8 kg can be transported in the cabin, heavier pets – only in the aircraft hold.Select an air company
Some airlines are more loyal to animals’ transportation than others. Therefore it is very important to study reviews and find out which company will be more comfortable for your pet.
You should choose a well-ventilated box where your pet can safely stand up and turn around 360 degrees. This is a requirement not only by airlines, but also by your common sense. So, check that the cage is not only spacious, but also well-ventilated. Furthermore, let your fluffy friend get used to the cage where he will be sent for temporary storage during the flight. Put the cage at home, let your pet sniff it, look around and even sleep in it a few times. Thus the travel will be much easier.Ensure safety
Speak with a veterinarian – it’s one of the main things when preparing for traveling with pets, regardless of its age. Make sure that your pet is in good health. Discuss with your veterinarian how safe it is for your pet to fly. Even if you can’t bear the idea to part with your pet, sometimes it will be more rational than to expose your pet to travel risks.
Age, weight, health condition, and even temperament - everything plays a role in decision-making, especially if your pet goes on a long journey for the first time. Older, overweight and prone to increased anxiety pets are at a greater risk. It will be sensible to screen all organs of your pet in order to identify potential problems that may arise during the flight.
Be especially careful with snub-nosed pets. Pugs, bulldogs, boxers, mastiffs, Persian cats and other brachycephalic breeds are more susceptible to breathing problems and heat stroke in stressful situations, such as air transportation, and many veterinarians recommend avoiding flying with these pets. If you do decide to travel with such pets, then first of all take care of spacious, well-ventilated box, and then give your fluffy friend enough water before the flight and immediately after it.Mind the costs
Animals’ transportation by air, especially for international destinations requires major costs. In addition to the costs at the vet’s and for the certificates, you have to pay for an extra space in the aircraft hold. Thereat, animal’s cage is considered an oversized baggage, and it is known to be more expensive. Only guide dogs that accompany their owners during the flight have the right to travel free. Help your pets to settle in
And now, you have successfully gained your destination. Now you need to help your pets to settle in. Let cats in the apartment first and let them explore all the rooms. If you have a house with a big yard and you plan to keep the dog outside, then carefully check the fence and make sure that the pet cannot escape. Keep the usual mode of the day for your pet, thus it will easier to get used to a new place. And move your belongings from the temporary storage to your home as soon as possible so that animals find themselves in a familiar environment.
The main thing is to remember that you're not the first person who has to travel with pets, and thus there is a positive experience and a variety of tips that can be gleaned from the web, friends and animal clubs. Careful preparation and a positive attitude will help you to survive the move with minimal losses.