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Travelling with Pets

Travelling With Pets

Family holidays no longer just include the two-legged children. Increasingly, families are taking their four-legged family members on getaways. If you are looking at taking your feline or canine family member along for the trip there are a few things to bear in mind, to make the trip as smooth as possible for both you and your furry companion.

A number of factors are important to consider when travelling with your furry companion. If your pet is very young, or very old, it is best that you leave them at home. Snub-nosed dogs, like pugs are prone to experiencing breathing problems, and a number of major airlines no longer permit these breeds to travel in the cargo hold.

Do thorough research when looking to travel with your pets. Certain rules, regulations and fees may apply depending on how you would like your pet to travel. Also, be sure to check up on the airline’s history when it comes to the safe transportation of animals.

Pets-only airlines are also an increasingly popular option. Offering your four-legged companion, climate-controlled cabins with individual crates and a flight attendant that checks on your pet every 15 minutes.  After landing, your pet is given a bathroom break, and can be picked up at the airline’s Pet Lounge, at participating airports.

If you are going on an international trip give your pets all the necessary vaccinations and find out if quarantine is required.

Get a carrier suitable for your pet. When purchasing a carrier, it is important to ensure that your pet has enough room to turn around and stand without hitting its head. If your pet hasn’t travelled before, spend some time making sure the animal gets used to the idea of the carrier.

ID tags are very important when travelling with your pets. Make sure your contact information is on the animal’s collar and the carriers to make it easy to identify.

Exercise is advisable before long haul flights. Take your dog out for a walk; play with your cat, before the long journey. Tiring them out means the more likely your pet is to sleep during the trip.

Preceding your trip, experts suggest “association scents.” In the weeks before your flight, start putting a drop of oil on your hands at feeding times or before walks. The positive association will allow your pet to calm down and remain relaxed, while onboard and away from you.

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