Your pet is a special part of your family and if you are one of those people who just can’t bear to be without your animal friend, you should educate yourself on the current rules and regulations of taking your pet along on a flight. Preparation for your journey should begin long before you step on board. It’s a good idea to look into the particulars of traveling with your pet even before securing travel insurance for your journey. By doing so, you’ll both be protected.
Find Out Your Airline’s Pet Travel Policies and Fees
Each airline has different rules, so make sure to check all airlines that you are booked with. Pet travel policies are clearly listed on each airline website. Different rules are in place for pets allowed in cabins and for those traveling as checked baggage. Expect to pay at least $125 to allow your pet to fly with you on a single flight. Generally, every airline will require you to place your pet in a carrier or a crate, in which they must remain for the duration of the flight. However, service or therapy dogs can be looked at differently by the airlines and allowed to travel without a carrier or crate. Some airlines also have seasonal requirements, so be sure to read all of the fine print.
If you are traveling internationally, most countries will require that your pet be quarantined before joining you. The length of the quarantine also varies by country. Make sure to check the policies of your destination country to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Get a Clean Bill of Health
Another sensible form of trip protection is to have your vet perform a thorough physical to determine if your pet can handle flying. Ask for a signed health certificate that proves good health and that all vaccinations are up to date. You’ll need these documents when traveling internationally.
If your pet is prone to anxiety, ask about administering a sedative before getting on the plane. The same goes for pets who tend to have motion sickness. Ask what you can do for your pet if he or she becomes airsick.
Pack All Essential Forms and Documents
No matter where you are flying, make sure that you have any forms required by the airline as well as international travel documents for your pet, if applicable. Most airlines require that you submit medical documents long before the flight occurs, however, it’s always a good idea to have them easily accessible in carry-on luggage in case your pet experiences a medical emergency. In addition to the aforementioned pet health certificate and vaccination record, take a list of your pet’s allergies and any medications and dosage amounts.
Declare a Higher Worth for Pets Traveling in the Luggage Hold
The legal recourse for owners whose pets are injured or die when being transported with luggage is murky. Experts now recommend that you declare a higher worth for your pet should a mishap occur.