Tips For Airline Travel With Your Pet
Originally published February 19th, 2007
Our pets are a part of the family. And what’s better than a family vacation? Here are a few tips for airline travel with your furry family members.
1. Information Is Key
Check with your airline to determine specific requirements for traveling with pets. Each airline differs so be sure to call ahead or check your airline’s website before you show up at the airport. PupLife offers a great selection of Airline Approved Dog Carriers.
2. Health & Safety
Make sure your pets are up to date on all their vaccinations. Many airlines will require proof of vaccination before boarding.
3. Remain Calm
Familiarize your pet with the carrier or kennel in which she’ll be traveling. It’s a good idea to start training your dog early by allowing her to spend time in her carrier or kennel well in advance of your travel plans. This will make for a comfortable trip and ease the stress of travel for both you and your pooch.
Make sure to outfit your dog or cat with current Dog I.D. Tags in case of an emergency. Include your pet’s name, your name, your telephone number and address, your veterinarian’s name and phone number and an additional contact person.
5. Before You Board
Feed your pup a light meal 2 hours before travel or wait until you arrive at your destination if your pet has a sensitive tummy. Arrive at the airport extra early, and make sure you allow for adequate potty time before check-in. That goes for you and Fido!
6. Dealing With Strangers
Some airlines will require your dog to be examined by a security officer prior to boarding. Prepare your pooch in advance by taking the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.
7. Choose An Appropriate Dog Carrier Or Kennel
Once you’ve researched your airline’s pet travel requirements, choose a carrier or kennel that best suits the size and needs of your dog or cat. We have a great selection at PupLife.com.
Bon voyage mes amis!