You are finally ready for the big trip! You fly in two days and you want everything to be set for the big day; tickets ok, passport ok, bags ok, clothes all smelly and clean! Are you forgetting something? What about your little pet, your loving friend? Traveling with your favorite cat or dog demands a great deal of information and planning. A flight can be a terrifying experience not only to you, but to your precious pet as well. Here are some tips to avoid unpleasant surprises.
1. Learn the rules
Before choosing an airline, you have to check its pet-transport policies. Does the airline permit animals on board? Will it travel as a cargo or in his crate next to you? These are some critical questions that need to be answered before booking a ticket. You will definitely find the airline that best suits your needs depending of course on the animal’s size and weight. For example, animals over 20 pounds are most likely to travel only as a cargo. But, when it comes to small sizes animals, you will be able to find an airline that permits animals on the cabin.
2. Talk to your vet
Before flying, you have to make an appointment with your vet. You have to check your pet’s health condition before flying. As humans, animals also suffer from cardiac diseases, respiratory problems or ear damages that could easily worsen up during a flight. Moreover, your vet will provide you with the proper drug dose to keep your animal calm and avoid stress attacks.
3. Use the usual carrier or crate
Avoid purchasing a new crate or carrier for the flight; your animal needs to feel safe in it. Nevertheless, if you had to buy a new one, it is best to do so at least one week prior to the trip. During the day, entice your pet to get inside the new carrier by placing various treats in it. You can also choose to place the feeding plate in it. Try finding ways to make your pet get inside the carrier and associate it only with pleasurable and amusing moments! This way, your pet will feel calm and relax during the flight.
4. Avoid food and water
Many professionals suggest that it is best not to provide food and water to your pet at least 10-12 hours prior the flight. This will help you minimize unwanted accidents and mostly nausea. Your pet is just like you; you will never overeat or drink before flight, right? Follow the same rules for your pet too!
5. Buy pet pads
Because accidents do occur, a nice way to keep the crate clean is to place pet pads on the bottom. Doing so, your animal will not only remain clean but also calm. For that reason, prefer to carry some extra pads with you to change them if needed. Not only will your pet feel thankful but also your fellow travelers. Do not neglect to bring with you on flight a plastic bag to dispose used pads. This is the best way to eliminate odor.
6. Exercise your pet before flying
Your loving pet will have to be steady for many hours so let it run and play as much as you can before flying. This way, you will keep your pet amused releasing stress and anxiety. Additionally, this will take away most of your animal’s energy helping it to fall asleep.
Flying with your pet is not an easy case; you have to be well prepared for it. Following the above tips will help you diminish any unwanted accidents and make the flight a pleasant experience for both of you.