Top 10 Pet Air Travel Tips

 In Pet Care

dog groomingAs summer approaches and the temperatures soar here in Tucson, many of us plan to get out of the heat for a while. Traveling by air these days is stressful enough without a pet, but with some advance planning you can make it work just fine for all involved.

Many Veterinarians and the ASPCA will recommend that   owners think twice about flying four legged members of your family as cargo.  If your pet is small enough to fit under the seat that is really the best option, however if you have no other options we offer the following tips:

  1. Make an appointment with your favorite Tucson Dog Groomer (Wags my Tail!) Face it a a well groomed dog is a well loved dog.  Not only will your pet feel better, those handling your little friend will know how much you care.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your Vet for a checkup and to make sure all shots are current.  It would also be helpful to get a health certificate dated within 10 days of travel.  If you are leaving the States make sure you check with country you are headed to for more info.
  3. Identification is critical!  We recommend that  you have your pet microchipped, wearing a collar, and has tags for both your home and destination. I would also attach a current picture to the kennel just in case a great escape happens.
  4. If possible book a direct flight.  The less people have to handle your pet the better.
  5. Buy an airline approved shipping crate that is big enough for your four leeged friend to stand up and turn around.
  6. In letters at least an inch tall write “LIVE ANIMAL” with an arrow indicating which way is up.  It would also be a good idea to attach contact info to the crate, and provide some sort of bedding materials like an old towel to absorb accidents. Bonus tip – don’t lock the crate, airline personnel need quick access in case of an emergency.
  7. A few days before hand freeze a small dish of water, it wont spill getting on the plane, and it will be ready when they need it.  It is also a good idea to tape a small pouch of dried food to the outside just in case there is a layover.
  8. Talk to your vet about tranquilizers, its usually not a great idea because it could cause breathing issues.
  9. Let every airline employee you encounter know that you are traveling with a pet in the baggage compartment.  This way they are ready if any attention is needed.
  10. If your flight is delayed, or you have fears about your pets safety, insist that they check on your pet whenever feasible.

Enjoy your summer and don’t forget to tell your friends and family to get their dog grooming done at Wags my Tail!

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