Traveling with a pet can be a bit of extra work, but it’s worth it to have your furry friend by your side. A lot has changed since the last few years when pets were last allowed to travel on planes. For one, we now have a lot more breeds of dogs and cats that are considered acceptable for air travel. In addition, the rules around bringing a pet on a plane have become much more stringent. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to travel with your pet in 2022!
Make sure your pet is Up-to-date before departure
The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure that your pet is up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. You’ll need to have a health certificate made for your little friend, which proves that he/she is healthy to travel. Once you have all the required paperwork in order, you’ll need to book a flight on an airline that allows pets. Not all airlines allow pets on their planes, so be sure to check before you book!
Picking the right carrier for your pet is an important decision. Think about the level of comfort you personally would look for when having to travel in a container and staying under a seat. While travelers are limited by space, some carriers fill out better than others. There are collapsible bags that just fold out to be able to carry your pet, and there are small firm cases where the walls won’t be falling over on your little friend. Check a few out, and try to find something that is a compromise in the sense that they won’t break the bank, but also they will provide the pet with comfort.
Arriving at your destination
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, give your pet a chance to adjust to their new surroundings. If you’re staying in a hotel, call ahead to make sure they are pet-friendly and have the necessary paperwork on hand. If you’re renting a car, make sure to bring along a pet seatbelt or carrier so your pet can travel safely.
Stress Management should be your Top Priority
Here’s the thing – travel can be stressful for pets. They’re usually not used to being in such small spaces and can get anxious during takeoff and landing. But there are a few things you can do to make the experience better for your pet. First, try to get them used to their travel carrier a few weeks before your trip. Let them sleep in it, eat in it, and just hang out in it so that it’s not such a foreign concept when it’s time to travel.
You should also pack a few of your pet’s favorite toys and blankets to help them feel more comfortable during the flight. Finally, don’t forget to pack any medications your pet may need! The last thing you want is for your pet to be uncomfortable or escape their carrier while in transit! During the flight, give them plenty of water and take them out for bathroom breaks at layovers as needed.
Wrapping it up
We all know that traveling with a pet can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to feel impossible! With just a little bit of planning, you and your furry friend/s will find yourselves ready for an adventure. Safe travels, everyone!