Flying With Your Pet? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Whatever your reason for traveling, it can be hard to leave your pet behind. Many of us view our furry friends as family, and the idea of leaving them in someone else’s care feels a bit like leaving a piece of our hearts. The decision to take your pet with you, however, is also not without certain complications, and it’s important to be aware of all of the requirements before opting to fly with your fur baby in tow. Here are some of the key points to consider.

Airline Policies

Different airlines have different policies regarding traveling with your pet, including but not limited to size restrictions, prohibition of certain breeds, and crate requirements. Before you book your ticket, thoroughly read up on the policies of your airline to make sure that you’ll be able to meet all of their necessary criteria. 

Health & Safety

Depending on where you plan to travel, you’ll be required to present certain documents to prove that your pet is in good health. Airlines and destinations both may ask to see vaccination records or health certificates, so be sure to figure out what you’ll need in advance so that you have time to secure everything from your vet’s office.

Your Pet’s Comfort

We know how much you love your furry friend. It’s important to be aware that all of the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells that come with air travel may make flying a stressful experience for them. While most airlines allow animals under a certain weight to remain in the cabin, larger pets will likely need to fly in the cargo hold. Either way, they’ll need to be kept in a carrier throughout the flight, so do what you can to make them more comfortable by packing plenty of treats and their favorite toys.