Your pet is an important part of your family, and it’s now becoming more common for people to fly with their pets. So if you’re planning your next family vacation, or you’re relocating to a new city, it’s important to prepare yourself and your pet for the journey. In this article we’ll discuss some of the challenges, the requirements, and preparations to help you get your pet ready for the big day.
Is Flying Safe for Pets?
Flying on an airplane is largely safe for most pets. There are some restrictions for certain breeds of dogs due to respiratory issues, so contact your veterinarian to learn more about this. Thousands of dogs and cats fly safely both domestically and internationally every year, and most commercial airlines do everything they can to accommodate your pet and make their journey as comfortable as possible.
Flying Privately with Pets.
- Pets under 150 pounds may occupy a passenger seat. Pets weighing over 150 pounds must remain on the floor. During taxi, takeoff, and landing, it’s important to make sure your pet is secured inside the cabin. Depending on the dog the noise and motion can be overwhelming for them. You can be prepared with dog ear muffs and asking your veterinarian for nausea medicine.
Flying commercially with pets
- There are restrictions around which size pets are allowed in the cabin. As a general rule, your pet must fit in an airline-approved carrier that comfortably fits under the seat in front of you. If you have a larger pet, speak with your airline as they may require your pet to go into the cargo hold. Keep in mind this section is not regulated with oxygen, for some animals with respiratory issues this can be life threatening. Always consult with your veterinarian.
What Kind of Paperwork Should You Have?
Each airline has its own requirements, even some private aircrafts will require you to have your pet’s health records in order to fly. You can get these records from your vet and they include things like proof of vaccination for rabies, general overall health records, and your vet must attest that your pet is fit to fly.
If you’re planning to fly with your pet, we recommend speaking with your vet as soon as possible to ensure you get all the necessary documentation together in time.
How To Prepare Your Pet for Travel
The easiest way to fly with your pet is to fly private or semi-private. While commercial airlines do accommodate pets, private and semi-private aircraft provide a much more comfortable experience for everyone. And it may not be as expensive as you think – contact Monmouth Jet Center to learn more about hiring a plane for your next trip. We can also give you tips on flying with your pet and can help ensure the journey is safe and comfortable.