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FLYING WITH A PET

Taking your pet on holiday with you or moving out of state or overseas? If this is the case then air travel may be in the cards. If you are thinking about flying with a pet whether domestically or internationally you will need to do some serious planning and budgeting to make the trip as smooth as possible, unlike holding a neighborhood car wash.

Domestic and International Pet Travel

Flying with a pet can occur one in two ways. You may be able to keep your pet with you in the seats or you may need to store your pet down below in the cargo in a crate. This will depend on the size of your pet, the length of travel and the airline you are flying with. You can expect to pay a fair amount of money to let your pet fly with you. In some instances it may cost $2000 or more to get your pet on the plane. In other instances, it may only be an additional $100.

When you are flying with a pet, be sure to read the rules and regulations of the airline. Allow for plenty of time at the airport to get your pet ready. If you are putting him in a crate, make sure he has plenty of toys and other things to keep him occupied, especially if flying overseas. If your pet is coming with you, then make sure he is well behaved. Keep him on the leash or in his crate at all times and clean up any messes he makes.

Keep in mind that there are some countries that make pet owners jump through hoops to fly with their pet. You may need to put your pet in cargo and you will most likely need to have him vaccinated for the trip. Some countries, such as Australia, will keep your pet in quarantine for a period of time to ensure he is not bringing in an insect or foreign disease. When flying internationally, your pet will most likely have to ride in a crate down below with the luggage. This can be traumatic for both the pet owner and the pet.

Flying with a Pet Concerns

If you do need to put your pet down below in the cargo then consult your vet about possibly providing your pet with some medication to help ease his nerves. Some pets can become extremely frightened in this scenario and it might be best to drug him with a tranquilizer or opioid to keep him under control. Your vet will know if this is a good option for your pet or not. There are pros and cons to using drugs when flying with a pet but inevitably, this is the decision of the pet owner.

Flying with a pet is similar to flying with young children; you need to put their needs first and plan ahead. Even on short journeys your pet may be distressed when flying, especially if he is not used to loud noises or a lot of people. Provide constant reassurance if you are flying with him and try to keep the stress levels at a minimum. You may find that you do not have time to read a magazine or do a crossword if you are flying with a pet simply because you need to keep a watchful eye on him at all times. Or, you may find that your pet sleeps blissfully the entire flight. Like flying with children, when it comes to flying with pets, you just never know what the journey will bring.

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