How to Fly Safely with Your Pets

How to Fly Safely with Your Pets


Planning a summer vacation?  If you are looking to bring your pet with you on your getaway, these tips can help make sure that your flight goes smoothly.

Tips for Flying with Pets

  • Book Your Flight Early – Each airline has it’s own requirements when it comes to traveling with pets.  Check for each airline’s requirements.  Don’t buy your ticket until you have confirmed with the airline that there is a seat available for your furry friend.
  • Visit the Vet – Make an appointment at one of our offices before you leave for your vacation.  It’s important to make sure that all of your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date.  This is especially true if you are flying outside of the continental United States.
  • Provide Comfortable Accommodations – Buy a carrier that your pet feels comfortable in and will fit under the seat on your flight.  Carriers should be big enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down comfortably in.  Check the restrictions of the airline before traveling.  
  • Prepare for Your Trip – You should feed your pet about four hours before the flight.  This gives them time to digest and go to the bathroom before the trip.  You should also give your pet some time to exercise before heading to the airport.


Check out this article for more flying tips and contact our office if you have any questions about how to safely travel with your pet this summer.  If you aren’t comfortable bringing your pet with you while you’re away, we offer boarding facilities!  We even offer feline-only boarding that provides your cat with a comfortable and relaxing environment until you return.

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