Traveling With Your Pet

Traveling With Your Pet This Holiday Season   by Gary Madden

In spite of high fuel costs, Holiday Travel is expected to be at an all-time high this season. Many people are considering traveling with their pets and here are a few tips and suggestions.

First, several tips to keep in mind:

1. If you travel by plane know that each airline has certain requirements that must be met before your pet can be boarded.

2. Call the airline well in advance and ask them about their requirements, which may be different from airline to airline also check with the Dept. of Agriculture for any requirements they may have.

3. Traveling with your pet through the airlines can range in cost from $170 to $200 but it could be zero if you are able to carry your pet on board.

4. Restrict your pet's food and water 4 hours before departure to minimize his urge to potty and give the main meal at the end of the day or after you reach your destination.

5. Freeze the water so it will thaw by the time your pet is thirsty but won't splash out during loading or unloading.

6. Take along a few of his favorite chew toys and something with your scent on it to help settle him.

7. Veterinarians recommend against tranquilizing your pets while traveling by air since the effects of tranquilizers on animals at high altitudes are unforeseeable which raises their risk of breathing and heart problems.

8. Be certain your kennel is good shape and is approved for air travel.Defective kennels can lead to injury and escape.

These are only a few suggestions, but should prove very beneficial. The kennel that you use is very important. There is a new "heavy duty" crate available that is "Airline Approved." The great benefit of it is that it folds flat upon arrival and is therefore easy to stow away.

If you would like to carry your small pet on board, another great suggestion is the new Essential Pet 2-in-1 Pet Stroller. Use it as a stroller to get through the airport. Then fold the frame flat and check it with your luggage and use the carrier as a carry-on. It is a beautiful piece and comes with "designer" fabric so you will never be embarrassed carrying it on the nicest of airlines. NiceDogShop




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