Before You Go on Vacation This Summer, Prepare Your Pets

With summer right around the corner, most Americans are already starting to plan their summer vacations and for many American families, that means taking a trip overseas. While air flight in and of itself is already complicated these days, taking your family pet along with you on your overseas trip can add another layer of stress and worry.

Luckily, the key to enjoying a stress-free vacation begins with solid planning. So, here are some helpful tips for preparing your pets for overseas travel this summer.

A Guide to Preparing Your Pets for Overseas Travel

Pre-Flight Tips When Traveling With Pets

Since your pet is going to be in her carrier for the duration of your flight, she needs to be completely comfortable inside of it. The last thing you want to do is to try and shove her in her carrier right before you leave. This will severely stress your pet out.

Instead, well before your trip, make the carrier a part of your furniture so your pet gets used to seeing it. Gradually, your pet will become interested in the carrier and enter it to look around. Fill it with comfortable bedding and she’ll soon be sleeping in it.

You should also start going for short car rides with your pet in her carrier. This will help her get accustomed to movement while in her carrier.

Booking Your Overseas Flight When Pets Are Involved

Every airline has its own policies regarding pet passengers, so be sure to check your airline’s website before you book your tickets. Most require the pet to have a certificate of health from her veterinarian, an embedded microchip, and a pet tag with the owner’s cell phone number etched on it.

Also be aware that pet fares cost around $100. If your pet is small enough, you may be able to bring her carrier into the cabin with you, but airlines only allow a limited number of animals in the cabin, so the earlier you reserve the better. Keep in mind that if you do bring your pet carrier into the cabin, it will count as one of your carry-ons. Larger pets, of course, will have to be placed in the cargo hold, temperature permitting.

When passing through a security checkpoint, your pet will have to be removed from her carrier so it can be inspected by Transportation Security. So, have her leash ready so you can snap it on her quickly and easily.

In-Flight Tips for Pet Travel

Now that you’re in the air, there are some things you can do to make your pet’s trip more comfortable. For starters, avoid putting any food or water in her carrier. The water will spill and you don’t want your dog laying in wet blankets for the duration of the trip. It is also best if your pet travels on an empty stomach, as this will reduce the risk of her vomiting.

Make sure you engage with your pet while in the air. If she is small enough, you may be permitted to hold her in your lap while the plane is in the air. If this isn’t permitted, then make sure you pet her in her cage.

If your pet suffers from motion sickness, then before your flight, ask your veterinarian for a medication to help prevent motion sickness. You will also want to make sure that you have enough doses of any other medications your pet might be taking to cover the duration of your vacation.

If your pet needs medications, you can receive a free quote from Diamondback Drugs. We can help you save money on all of your pet medications and ensure that your pet has the medications she needs to maintain her care while away.

As always, be sure to inform your veterinarian about any medications or supplements your cat is currently taking so your vet can make the best treatment decision for your pet’s unique case and help reduce the risk of a potential drug interaction.


Author: Giano Panzarella