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Traveling with Pets

These 10 tips will help you prepare for a flight with your four-legged friend.

Traveling with a pet can be challenging. Though many commercial airlines offer transportation options for pets, the restrictions and regulations can be complicated. Whether you are looking to move your pet to your new home or interested in bringing her along for your next vacation, these 10 tips will help you prepare for a flight with your four-legged friend.

  1. 1 Review All Pet Requirements Ahead Of Time:

    There may be different requirements depending on which airline you choose, so be sure to review the specific guidelines for your airline before you decide to travel. Many airlines have breed restrictions to prevent animals with a greater risk of respiratory issues from traveling.
  2. 2 Plan A Trip To The Vet:

    Make sure your pet is up to date on all necessary vaccinations and request a health certificate from the veterinarian. On this trip, check with the vet to ensure that your pet is physically fit to travel.
  3. 3 Choose The Right Pet Carrier:

    Many airlines have guidelines regarding which carriers can be used in-flight. The size of your pet and your carrier may determine if your pet will be able to fly with you in the cabin of the airplane. Larger pets and carriers will likely be restricted to the cargo section of the plane. American Airlines requires that a pet is able to stand, turn around, and lay in a natural position in her carrier to ensure the comfort and well-being of the pet during the flight.
  4. 4 Book Your Flight In Advance:

    Airlines offer a limited number of spots for pets in the cabin and cargo areas of the plane. Make your flight reservations early to ensure a spot for you and your pet.
  5. 5 Take A Direct Flight, If Possible:

    A layover flight may cause more stress to you and your pet. By booking a direct flight, you do not have to plan for your pet’s layover and your pet will avoid the stress of a second flight. If your pet will be flying in the cargo, try to book a morning or evening flight during the summer or a mid-day flight during the winter. Though your airline will offer an air conditioned cargo hold, avoiding the hottest and coldest times of the day can help ensure a more comfortable trip for your pet.

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  6. 6 Plan Your Airport Parking Options Ahead Of Time:

    Parking onsite at the airport may require a long walk with your pet carrier. By choosing a quality offsite parking service, such as ParkRideFly, you and your pet will be comfortably transported from the parking lot to the terminal. You will not only avoid the heavy lifting, you will save time by avoiding the endless search for a parking spot.

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  7. 7 Make Sure Your Pet Gets Some Exercise Before The Flight:

    It can be helpful to take your cat or dog out for a walk prior to the flight. If your pet gets some exercise, she may be more likely to relax throughout the trip.
  8. 8 Consider Other Relaxation Methods For Your Pet:

    Bringing a familiar toy or blanket may help your pet relax during the trip. You can also consider a Thundershirt for your four-legged friend. These shirts target pressure points and can help to ease anxiety. If your pet is not in a carrier very often, rehearsing with her in the weeks leading up to the trip can also help decrease anxiety. Try taking short trips in the car to help her get more accustomed to the carrier.
  9. 9 Create A Comfortable Environment For Your Pet:

    Your furry-friend will most likely be in a crate for the duration of the flight. Fill the crate with absorbent bedding to ensure that your pet has a comfortable place to sit and lie down. Make sure your pet has enough water to keep her hydrated during the flight. Check airline regulations to see if there are any requirements for her water bottle.
  10. 10 Clearly Identify Your Pet:

    Make sure that your contact information is both on your pet’s collar and on the carrier prior to the flight. This is particularly important if your pet will be flying in the cargo section of the plane.

Traveling with a pet can be stressful, but with a little planning you can have a more relaxing trip. Reserving a spot at an offsite airport parking facility is one of the first steps towards stress-free air travel. At ParkRideFly, we offer the finest offsite discount airport parking facilities. We will help you save time, energy, money, and worry! Through our services, you receive complete luggage assistance. We take care of your travel bags, allowing you to take care of your pet! Our complimentary shuttle service will provide both you and your pet with comfortable and convenient transportation to the terminal. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about our services.

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