If you are considering taking a flight with a pet, there are some key considerations to think about beforehand, from their inflight accommodation to their wellbeing. If you haven’t done your research, and are not fully aware of the implications of travelling with pets, it can be a nightmare.
Suitability of the breed
Before flying, you may need to consider whether your animal will be okay being transported on a plane. Dog breeds like Lhasa Apsos, Pugs and Bull Terriers are not suitable for air travel, particularly those with snubbed noses, as this makes them sensitive to air changes. The same goes for snubbed-nosed cats, including Himalayan and Persian cats. The best option for these breeds is to consider travelling an alternative way, such as rail or ferry.
When travelling abroad, not only do you have to think about your own passports and visas, but your pet will also need one of their own too. Getting your pet passport and animal health certificate in order is essential before you travel.
Just like humans, your pet will need to be up-to-date with all their essential vaccinations before travelling. Making sure they have their booster jabs if they need them (and rabies vaccinations) is essential. Do make sure you check the policies of the country you’re travelling to, because each will be different.
One of the most important parts of the travelling process is making sure your pet is comfortable, as this will make the journey as relaxing as possible for them. This means getting a carrier that is big enough to fit them in comfortably, or making sure the area they’re travelling in is suitable for a long journey.
One of the big things to consider before you plan to travel is the cost. As well as vet fees, there are other fees that will need to be taken into account when travelling with a pet. For example, if arrangements need to be made for someone to pick them up, or the extra costs for flights and ferries. Transporting pets can be an expensive process.
Age of your pet
This is a big factor when it comes to travelling. Some older animals may find the experience stressful, whereas others may not be able to adjust to the climate of a new location, so always keep the best interests of your pet in mind.
Some animals may get lost
Some animals may become disorientated by their surroundings and may lose their bearings in an unfamiliar environment. Making sure they have a collar, are microchipped in case they go missing, or having a tracking device fitted so you can keep tabs on their whereabouts is a good idea.
Pet travel insurance
Just like humans, pets also need travel insurance. This makes sure that the worst is covered, like if your pet gets lost, or an injury occurs.