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If you are intending to travel with your pet, you should take into consideration many things before leaving home with your Pet. Here are some important tips, advises and procedures you have to take into consideration

Also remember that when you book your airline ticket you must read the airline’s policy and the conditions under which your pet must travel.

Pets and the Airlines:

Taking a pet with you while travelling can be a little bit stressful for you and your animal, but if carefully prepared, it will ensure a safe, enjoyable and comfortable journey for all.

On the other hand, animal rights organizations urge travelers to think twice about accompanying an animal when traveling  on a commercial airline or for a tour program, especially if it is to be carried in the luggage (Cargo cabin) on the plane.

Therefore, they advise not to take the animals in the passenger’s cabin unless the animal is small enough for boarding and placing its box under your seat, and because Some airlines policies allow to carry a limited number of pets in the passengers cabin, although you have the choice.

Avoid placing your animal in the cargo cabin. Because it is possible that your pet will be suffering from nervous tension caused by the shipment which may lead to a heart attack or death due to lack of oxygen in the Cargo Cabin.

Here are the important tips and instructions  you have follow while taking your pet with you while traveling by plane:

Airline Rules:

  • Check the airline’s rules and conditions for the pets traveling by plane, the booking process and inquires about all the required documents, papers and certificates.
  • Procedures and papers required by the country to which your pet will travel with you:
  • Know all information concerning legal and health procedures in the country to which you are traveling at the sufficient time such as veterinary quarantine system, health certificates and vaccines required there by contacting the embassy of this country or searching on the Internet in the trusted official Web-sites.
  • Visit your veterinarian before you travel:
  • An appointment must be made with your veterinarian before traveling before a suitable period of not more than 10 days for a medical examination of your pet and ensuring that it has all the necessary vaccinations up to the time of travel and grant  an approved medical certificate issued upto 10 days before your flight

Choosing the appropriate flight:

If you are going to move your pet in the cabin on the plane with the luggage, be sure to book a direct flight in order not to have the trouble of waiting for the completion of the flight or changing the plane to another. Also consider the choice of the weather and the temperature. For example, if you have to travel in the summer, take an evening or early morning flight to avoid the high temperature, and avoid the crowded flights and departure times.

Pet’s Ring:

Select an appropriate collar for your pet with no protruding edges that may cling to the box, and write your name, destination and phone number in the small poster on the ring.

Pets carrying bag or box:

  • Make sure to buy a box or bag that meets the requirements of the airlines and suitable for the size of your pet, where it  can stand and move and sleep in a comfortable position, it is better to buy it before the trip in a sufficient time and make it sit for a while to get used to it.
  • Do not forget to place a poster above on the box and on the sides stating that the box has a live animal such as the use of the term “Live Animal” as well as dietary instructions.
  • Write your data such as name, address, contact number and the destination in the poster of the box from all sides, and it is better to put a modern photo of your pet on the top of the box for easy access in case of trying to escape.
  • Cut your pet’s nails so that it does not cling the wire of the box door.

While traveling:

  • It is not recommended to give your pet any sedatives before the trip, unless the doctor’s decision, because of its negative impact on the animal.
  • It is best not to feed your pet for at least 4 hours before the time of the trip and just give adequate amounts of water.
  • Attach an appropriate amount of food and water with your pet’s  box.
  • If your pet is of a scrawny or short-haired type, do not move it in the cabin of the aircraft, where these species have a higher risk of hypoxia and sunburn.
  • Close the box tightly so that it is not easily be opened by the pet itself but does not close it completely so that the baggage and cargo staff can open it in case of the emergency

When you arrive at your destination:

  • When you arrive and receive the box, open it as soon as possible in the nearest available and safe place to check on your animal and make sure it is in safe situation, while holding tight to the chain and collar of the neck and be aware that most airports ask to clear the box and pass it empty in the safety device.
  • Observe your animal well after the flight and if you notice any strange behavior or seemed tired or refuse to eat, take it to the nearest veterinarian immediately

Pets and the tourism (pets friendly accommodation and activities)

In the past, Pet’s owners who wanted to go on holidays had a very limited choices to either leave their pet at home with someone, take their pet to a boarding kennel, or leave it at a friend’s house.

But did you know that many pets nowadays  enjoy holidays too, sometimes even more than their owners? So why not take your pet with you?

These days, accommodation providers have become very sensitive to the needs of those who wish to bring their pet with them.  Some have provided designated rooms or cottages where owners can stay inside with their dog, while others have ensured that their property is securely fenced areas to safely contain pets. Some accommodation managers may not let your pet come inside, but they may provide a kennel on the veranda  for your pet to sleep in.

Be wakeful that some countries refuses Pets accompanying at all such as Maldives Islands at the same time there are many countries, Airlines, Hotels, restaurants, touristic places are pets friendly, so you have to collect enough information from different trusted resources .

Final advices and headlines:

  • When travelling with your pet(s), there may be animal health requirements specific for that destination. As soon as you know your travel details, contact your local veterinarian to assist with the pet travel process. Factors to consider may include meeting time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications/ treatments.
  • Your destination country may have specific health requirements that must be met before your pet can enter the country. Since export requirements are determined by each country and can change frequently, every time you plan pet travel you will need to verify the export requirements.
  • Before Traveling with Your Pet

Before taking a pet to another country, contact that country’s consulate or embassy for information about their requirements.

Travelers are advised to also contact the destination’s Department of Agriculture  for additional information and advice.

Driving over the Borders

The regulations about bringing a pet into the destination are the same whether you drive over the destination’s border with your pet in your car, fly, or travel by other means. All animals entering (or reentering) any country are subject to the same laws, regardless of the port or method of entry.

Traveling by Air

Many pet owners wonder whether they pick up their pet at the international airport or only at their final destination.

Since pets are generally transported as luggage, they go through the same procedures as luggage. If a pet does not require quarantine at the port of entry, then an international traveler would pick up both luggage and the pet at international baggage claim. They would then go through customs and re-check both luggage and the pet for the domestic flight to their final destination.

Customs and Declaring Pets

When travelers fill out their customs declaration cards, they must declare any animals traveling with them on the card.

Making Sure Pets Stay Healthy During Travel

You have to check and read the pet’s travel page on the Agricultural departments for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sites for the destination country. It always covers known scams, traveling containers, sedation, and more.

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