Pets have become our family members so leaving them while we have to travel abroad sound so heart-breaking. It is worst when you don’t have people who you can trust to keep them while you are away. It might not be a problem if you travel by your own vehicle. But it is different story when you have to take air travel. Taking your pet with you can cost a lot and you need to consider many factors to take them safely with you.
Don’t leave your pet with friends or families
It can be a good solution if your trip is considered short, but if it is a long one, there is a risk that your pet destroy your friend or family’s furniture, cause an in-house accidents, or damage their floors, causing you to pay for the expensive cost. It is also possible for your pet to get sick or injured while you are away. The easier choice sometimes falls to bringing your pet with you.
Things to consider when travelling with pet
it is strongly suggested that you find out more information regarding to the intended airline carrier’s live pet guidelines and added charges before booking your flight. You need to determine if your pet will fly in cargo, as excess baggage, or in-cabin.
Shipping your pets safely when travel with them
Basically, there are three ways you can travel with you pets as mentioned earlier.
First, your animal can travel with you in the cabin or in the cargo hold. They will be considered as excess or accompanied baggage. It means, they will be charged as such. However, not all airlines offer this option and some even have stricter restrictions of what breeds that can fly. To travel in cabin, pet should weigh less than 15 pounds including the carrier’s weight.
You can book your pet on separate flight and you will be charged the cargo rate. It is usually more expensive than the first option and not all airlines offer this option either.
You can use a service from a licensed commercial shipper to get your pet from one location to another. You will be charged the cargo rate and the shipper’s charge. Unless your pet is compact enough to be placed in the cabin, many airlines require this option for your pet transportation.
Consider the weather before travelling with your pet
Keep in mind that some airlines don’t allow travel in the cargo hold during certain parts of the years due to weather. The cargo can be too hot or cold which is not an ideal place to fly your pet. Flying can be very stressful for pets so make sure your pet will be comfortable to sit, sleep, stand, and turn around in a sturdy carrier if you consider putting them in a cargo. Remember to always follow regulations as well as call and check in advance to ensure you can travel with your pet safely.