Traveling With Pets: How to
For some people, their pet is like one of the family, so when they go abroad they can’t bear to leave their pet behind.
Although traveling with pets can be a stressful experience (for both of you), if you’re organized and plan ahead you should have no problems whatsoever.
Here’s a list of my top 5 tips for helping you travel with your pets:
1) Find out the Additional Costs
Air travel with pets often comes with extra costs, and different airlines will charge you different rates.
Because of this, make sure to research the associated costs well ahead of time so that you can find the cheapest airfare (for both you and your pet).
2) Visit the Vet (If Necessary)
There is a ‘Pet Travel Scheme’ that states that owners can take their cats, dogs or ferrets to the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, the UAE, the UK any other country within the EU (European Union) without any problems.
If you’re planning on taking your pet to a country not included in this Pet Travel Scheme, however, you’ll need to find out the specific rules that country has. Oftentimes this will involve getting vaccinations done as well as having subsequent blood samples taken.
3) Get Yourself a Pet Travel Carrier
Obviously you can’t fly with your pet on your lap, so you’re going to need some kind of container/carrier to store them in while you fly.
Buying the right container is all important, as you need to make sure you get one that’s big enough that also complies with airline regulations.
As your pet will probably be flying in the cargo hold as opposed to the main cabin, it’s a good idea to buy a container that will protect against possible spillages and that won’t crumple under weight.
4) Have a Few Practice Runs
Unless your pet is used to flying all over the world, the idea of being taken out of their normal environment and locked up in a cage for hours on end can be a bit stressful and overwhelming.
Because of this, it’s a good idea to have a few practice runs before the big day to ease them into it and to get them used to spending time in the cage/crate/carrier.
Driving up north to your some family next weekend? Getting the train to your friend’s house? When not take your pet with you?
5) Make Sure Your Pet has an ID Tag
Just as you’d put ID tags on your luggage, it’s also a good idea to put an ID tag on your pet (preferably around their collar) and on their carrier.
The tag should contain your name, you contact information (i.e. a reachable phone number), your pet’s name and on your flight number should be written clearly on the pet travel carrier.
6) Wear Your Pet Out
The day before you fly your goal should be to wear your pet out as much as possible (through exercise and playing with them) so that they’ll be tired and sleepy on the day of the flight.
Using these tips, you and your pet should now be able to travel without trouble. Remember to pack plenty of food, water and blankets for them (for the flight) and to give yourself plenty of time to prepare.
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