Keeping Your Pet Safe During Air Travel

Flying with a pet is concerning; you should check with the specific airline that you intend to use before traveling because even though statistically, it is supposed to be safer than driving, death is a possibility. The Animal Welfare Act has very specific rules, which include that your pet must be at least 8 weeks old. Some snub nosed and long nosed dogs, along with cats may only fly with passengers. The AWA requires humane treatment of animals, but if you do your homework, you can find out how your animal will be treated, which varies from one airline to the next. Be prepared for emergencies, supply hot water for a cold trip, a towel, or an ice pack for a hot trip, and be aware that other countries may not follow the same rules as those in North America.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Animal Welfare Act has ruled that dogs and cats should be at minimum 8 weeks old prior to travel.
  • Animals should be weaned for at least 5 days before traveling, and should not be ill, injured, or pregnant.
  • Some cats and dogs, especially snub-nosed varieties, like pugs, are not good air cargo candidates due to proneness to respiratory problems

“Before you decide to travel via airline flights, know the risk factors and the necessary precautions to keep your pet safe.”

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