For some people, flying to another country, city or state without their pets is painful. It is like an excruciating separation from their family members.
However, as most airlines offer travel for the four-legged companions, it’s no longer a hassle flying with your furry buddies. But if you are planning air travel with your pets for the first time, it is important to have some handy tips.
Herein, we are sharing 5 tips to experience hassle-free travel with your furry friends on the plane:
1. Keep your pet’s health documents handy
No matter which airline you are flying in, carry your pet’s health certificates. Every country has their own rules and regulations when it comes to pets.
Some of the important documents are:
- Rabies vaccination: Ensures your pet is safe for other travelers, after all, who loves a rabid dog or a cat.
- Certificate of veterinary inspection: This document from a veterinarian states that your pet is inspected for diseases and is overall healthy.
- Acclimation certificate: This includes regulations about the impact of hot and cold weather on your dog, cat or any other pet.
Pro tip: If you are a nervous flyer, before boarding a flight enrol for an online flying course. As air travel is more stressful for animals, your anxiety can compound the troubles. Educate yourself so that you can handle the added stress of your pets traveling on the same plane.
2. Carry toys
Like humans, air pressure builds up in an animal’s ears during take-off and landing time.
Due to this, they often feel uncomfortable and shake their head frequently while flying. To ease off the stress, do not forget carrying their favorite toys like a chew toy or anything else.
Chewing can be a zen activity for pets that can keep them calm and relaxed during the flight.
Some other benefits of chew toys are:
- Safer for your pets
- Promotes dental health
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Boosts mental health
3. Feed your pets well
While flying, keep your pets hydrated and feed them during any flight layovers.
Most airlines offer a small zip-lock bag of pet food and two water bowls attached to the crate.
However, don’t stuff your pets with too much food or water as it can make them fall sick.
4. Be prepared for the plane’s temperature variations
No matter how healthy your pet is, he or she may fall sick as the temperature in the plane starts varying.
For instance, some airlines have floor air conditioners that can cause high fever to your pets. To avoid this, wrap your pet in a blanket and keep him/her cosy while air traveling.
5. Consider a tranquilizer if the need arises and recommended by a vet
Sedatives are not recommended for pets during flight as they can cause respiratory distress at higher altitudes.
However, like humans, pets are sometimes more prone to flying anxiety.
In such a case sedatives can be given to a nervous pet that too under the direction of a veterinarian.
Flying with your pet is a wonderful thought. However, it is a bit challenging too. In order to make the flight a great experience for you and your pet, follow the above-mentioned tips.
Have a comfortable trip!