Keeping Your Pets Safe When Flying Them to a New Home

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If you are having difficulty deciding the most favourable way to move your pets, I think it’s best to consider a stress-free method of transport. Bear in mind that when flying, your pets aren’t flying with you. This means they won’t be on the same flight as you. They must be checked in transport in the hold or as cargo. If they do however fly as cargo, they need to be checked in at least three or four hours before the departure time.

Most times, it is less stress and less time for your pets to drive them, especially for your canine friends. Your felines, however, don’t do well travelling in cars, so moving cats by air transportation might be the best alternative.

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Ensure to consult with your veterinarian beforehand whatever you decide to move your pet from one location to another. Your vet could run a physical examination and possibly make recommendations on the most favourable way of moving them to a new home.

Be aware of your travelling requirements

If you are planning on moving your pets by flight to your new home, know that most airlines travel policies would require you use an IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved carrier. The IATA approved carrier requirements are solely based on the size and the kind of species you are carrying.

The International Air Transport Association criteria on Live Animals Regulations requests minimum standards for carrier construction for all kinds of animals that range from small insects to animals as big as elephants.

Most airlines have strong restrictions on the number of animals they carry per flight. So it is crucial that you book for spaces for your pets in advance and the booking should be made in a minimum of 48 hours before travelling. Simply put, the earlier, the better.

Although only dogs and cats in small sizes can travel in the cabin with you, but in cases where the airline doesn’t allow due to limited space, your pets would be sent as special baggage in a well heated and comfortable enclosure. The ventilated hold is pleasant enough and provides a quiet and dark environment that is stress and noise free.


Critical questions to ask the airline;

  • Is it possible to have my pet with me on the flight?
  • Is there available space on the cabin? I prefer to travel with my pet in the hold instead of the baggage.
  • What are the weight restrictions?
  • Are papers required to pick up my pets?
  • How much does it cost to fly my pet?
  • What happens to my pet if the flight gets rerouted?
  • Where and how do I go if I want to check in on my pet?
  • How long does my pet need to be at the airport before a flight?

Ensure to do all that is necessary to keep your pet safe as the health of your animal is essential. Discuss with your vet for possible complications and how best to avoid them.
I hope you enjoyed reading that.

If you’ve had any travelling experiences with your pet, feel free to share in the comment section. Thanks!a

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