Traveling With Pets: Flying With Your Four-Legged Friend

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Traveling with pets can be a real challenge, especially if the destination takes hours to reach. Taking the necessary precautions beforehand can significantly help in making travel with your pet a lot smoother.

If you are traveling by air with a pet-there are a few things you should do before heading off to the airport. First, you should note that most airlines will require you to call in ahead of time to notify them of your intent to travel with a pet. Airlines like American Airlines have a set number of pets that can be allowed on any flight, so to avoid confusion, its best to just let them know ahead of time.  Another advantage of calling ahead is that it allows you to budget for the fees associated with bringing a pet on board. Fees can be costly so be sure to figure them in when you make your travel budget.

Second, make a plan to fit the needs of your pet. Some of the questions asked when checking in your pet are whether or not the pet has been fed, whether the pet has necessary health certificates, will the pet be comfortable, etc. It is best to have the pet checked out before flying, and getting a clean bill of health from the vet. Be sure to get the checkup within a reasonable window of when you plan to travel so that the airlines will know that the animal’s bill of health is recent.

Finally, consider the destination. Just like with the airlines, it is important to make sure that the destination is pet friendly. This is especially true if you are traveling abroad. . Once again, the important thing is to PLAN PLAN PLAN! Check out this website for travel abroad with pets:

http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c10442.htm .

Here are the links to pet policies for different airlines.

http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/special-travel-needs/pets/pet-requirements-restrictions.html

http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/animals/default.aspx

http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/traveling-with-animals/pets/index-pol.html

http://www.petswelcome.com/articles/pet-air-travel/continental-airlines

 

A good resource to use when traveling with pets is www.pettravel.com or www.petflight.com. There is a lot of useful information on the subject that will be sure to make travel with your four, (or two) legged friend more pleasant.

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