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How To Travel With Your Pets: Flying With Your Pet Tips

Originally Posted: March 12, 2012

Heidi Ganahl

Even this big boy, Cooper, dressed in his finery, wants to travel too, so be sure to make appropriate arrangements for large size pets as well. (Nicole B. Brewer)

Southampton - Traveling with your pets is often an added stress to an already stressful process. Pets are comfort creatures that thrive on routine, and any change can be upsetting to them. With many families making travel plans, here are a few tips to remember:

 • Check All Airline Requirements Before Boarding A Plane: See if your pet can travel in a carrier that can be kept under a seat in the cabin or if your pet must travel by freight.

 • Familiarize Your Pet With Its Carrier: Pets like familiarity. If you plan on keeping your pet inside a carrier while traveling, allow your pet to get used to the environment by placing it in the carrier for a few minutes each day. Gradually lengthen the time until your pet seems at ease with being placed in the carrier.

 • Don't Try Sneaking Your Pet On The Plane: Although it may seem like a good idea if your pet is small enough to fit in a carrier beneath your seat, do not sneak animals of any size on a plane. There will be repercussions for doing so. Instead, look into travel alternatives such as Pet Airways, which was created specifically for traveling with pets. Although routes are limited, traveling on pet-friendly airlines may reduce times that pets are required to be in a carrier.

 • Feed Your Pet No Less Than Five Or Six Hours Before Flight Time: Give the pet a drink of water no less than two hours before flight. It is very easy for your dog or cat to become sick in transition.

 • Find A Hotel That Will Allow Your Pet To Spend The Night: Most pet-friendly hotels will not allow pets to be left in the room alone, so also consider taking your dog to a nearby doggie day care facility if you want to do things during the day. It will cost less than paying for damage incurred by leaving a dog along in a hotel room.

 • Make The Animal Feel At Home: Use familiar dishes, blankets, toys and other items from your home to create a sense of comfort for your pet.


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