Important Airline Pet Travel Tips For Carry Ons
More and more people are requiring that they be allowed to take their pets on board with them into the passenger cabin on airplanes. This is likely because many people like to treat their dog and cats as a part of the family and not as some piece of cargo.
In preparation for your next plane flight with your pet, here are some carry-on tips to help make your flight easier.
First, you need to buy a pet carrier that will meet the travel requirements of your specific airline. All carry-on size requirements are different, for example United Airlines are 9" x 14" x 22".
Second, when you are purchasing your flights, try and book a nonstop flight. This is because the flight time will be much shorter and it will be much less stressful on the both of you.
Third, you should make sure that your pet has a collar with an ID tag on it that clearly identifies who to contact in case of emergency. Although you will maintain your pet at all times, there is ever a slight chance the two of you could become separated.
Fourth, bring some food or some treats along too. If your trip is currently more than three hours, young animals will need to eat. You can buy water for them once you get past a security line and if you do bring any moist dog food, make sure it's 3 ounces or less.
And finally, talk with your veterinarian to see if your pet should have a physical examination done. Although most animals handle airline travel quite well, it might be best to have an exam done. Your veterinarian can also inform you if you need a health certificate.
You may also want to discuss with your veterinarian whether or not your dog or cat should have some type of sedation to keep it calm during travels.
The key to making a smooth trip with your pet as a carry-on, is to plan well in advance and check the airlines website frequently because their baggage requirements often change.
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