For those pet owners who loves to travel with their furry friends, it is natural for them to feel concerned when it comes to traveling by air. After all in the past, it is very rare for airline companies to allow pets to travel and when they do, one has to go through a lot of paperwork in order to do so. Fortunately such is not the case anymore because airline companies are much more lenient when it comes to traveling with pets, but they do have strict guidelines and rules that needs to followed. As a pet owner, it is highly recommended that you understand these rules and follow them to a T in order to make sure that the trip goes well for you and your pet. The rules regarding pet travel can vary from airline to airline so it is best that you do your research or make your inquiries beforehand. Here are some rules that are worth noting:
Only one pet is allowed per passenger.
Traveling pets should be at least eight weeks old and they must be fully weaned before they are allowed for air travel.
Airlines will require pet owners to show a health certificate of their pet that dates within 10 days before the flight. So do not forget to check with your veterinarian before traveling.
Only a maximum of two pets per cabin are allowed on each individual flight, so it is best to make your inquiries ahead of time.
Be sure that the container that you will be using for your pet would fit under the seats that are located in front you. Also make sure that the bottom surface of the container is waterproof. Well-known and accepted brands of container includes Sherpa, Sturdi and Pet Roll Around.
During the colder seasons in the United States, some airlines may require you to have documentation proof that your dog is comfortable with cold climates.
Some airlines have specific rules when it comes to dog breeds that are short-nosed. A good example would be pugs, so it is best that you add these to your inquiries.
When it comes to your pet's travel crate, make sure that it is spacious enough so that your pet is enabled to turn around and lie down. These travel crates must be made of plastic and approved by IATA or APHIS.
There are several brands of travel crate that meets the general standards of most airlines so you might want to research on that.
Feeding and drinking bowls must be present inside the travel crate and must be easily refillable outside of the crate.
As you can see, these rules and regulations with regards to air travel with pets is not only to guarantee a hassle free trip for the passengers but it is also to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet. So if you are planning to travel with your pet soon, it is best that you orient yourself with these rules.