Pet Travel Tips
Pet travel is basically the act of transporting or bringing pets on airplanes or boats. Pet carriers such as dog crates and cat carriers safely contain and safeguard pets during long-distance travel. These carriers have a special window that separates the animal’s head and torso from its body, protecting temperature and cold. This window also prevents small objects from entering the pet’s body and causing sickness or injury. Pet carriers also provide convenience as they are easy to carry around.
However, if you are going for pet travel
in the United States, you must follow some of the necessary health requirements as directed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Some of the requirements that you must comply with include a current passport, current I.D., current photograph I.D., immunizations, current rabies vaccination, heartworm test, and health records. Failure to comply with the aforementioned requirements will cause penalties or fines.
Before leaving for your pet to travel
please make sure that all your bags, including purses, diaper bags, satchels, and purses are properly transported. If you are going to bring your pet(s) on board, check the cabin configuration to make sure there is enough room for the bag(s) that you will be carrying and one other bag that you may need to bring along. Most airlines require that you allow additional bags but please make sure that you don’t over-pack as you can over-pack and leave things at home. If you will be traveling in a coach, it is suggested that you pack a smaller bag that has enough space for you, your pets, and other items. When you check-in, the airline personnel may ask you for identification and may ask you to remove your pet from the cabin.
If you are traveling with cats and dogs
you must keep them leashed or in a carrier when you are checking in. Do not allow your dogs or cats to wander free during the entire trip as this can pose a security risk. This is especially true for dogs. It is recommended that you keep your pets leashed or in a carrier while traveling with them. You can also purchase a special bag made for luggage that allows you to secure your pets while traveling.
When traveling with cats and dogs
you must make sure that you do not allow any visitors in the cabin with your pets. This can pose a security risk. As mentioned earlier, you must have a designated driver. Make sure that you let your driver know that you are bringing your pets with you so that they do not have to worry about anything during the trip. If you have any questions regarding your pet or driving during your pet travel, you can always contact your driver during your layover to ensure that you are taking your pet where you want to.
If you are traveling with your pets by airplane
make sure that you take them through the security checkpoint. This will help prevent them from being stolen or at the very least, the pets will be taken to a different area of the airport that will be more secure. Always remember to fill out and send in your Pet Travel Application form before departure. Pet Travel Applications are available at your nearest vet office and can be picked up on the day of your departure. Your veterinarian will be able to get you a temporary certificate of veterinary inspection (HVAC certification), which will be helpful when boarding your pets at the airport.