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Booked A Flight With Your Pet? Read This!

What you should know about riding planes with your furry friends.

Destination House Rules 
Get familiar with your destination’s animal immigration rules. Each country has different policies about pet entry. Do the necessary research to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. Some will require a quarantine period, while others will waive it if your pet meets all the requirements. Pet Travel has a wealth of information on animal regulations in over 200 countries. But make sure to contact the embassy of the country you wish to travel to get necessary and accurate information as well. 

Flight Options
Some airlines will let you carry your pawed pal in-cabin while others are limited to cargo transport. Ask your vet what is safe for your pet’s situation (older dogs and cats are sometimes advised to fly in-cabin, while snub-nosed dogs aren’t allowed in the cargo hold because they are more prone to respiratory problems), then check out which flights are traveling from your home country to your vacay spot.

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Airlines usually charge extra for pets–whether they fly in-cabin or in-cargo. In-cabin pet travel also has pet size restrictions. Only certain kennel sizes are allowed and a limited number of pets can be put in the kennel. Once you’ve determined which airline suits your needs best, book your pet’s flight–the earlier the better! Airlines only allow a limited number of animals on board, so make sure you have a reservation before you buy your own seat. 

While many hotels still don’t allow animals to check in, more and more establishments are starting to provide guests this option. Check out Bring Fido for a list of pet-friendly hotels all over the world. Get your pet accustomed to new surroundings way before your trip so that he or she doesn’t bark his or her head off when you leave him or her in the hotel to go sightseeing.  

Get Vetted 
Get your vet’s go signal before you book any flights or accommodations. Any serious illnesses may prevent your pet from being allowed entry into a country or, much worse, cause serious harm to him or her. Find out about any potential health threats the area might be known for such as endemic diseases, so you can protect your furball. 

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