Travelling with Pets, tips
Transporting animals by plane has its difficulties and is subject to special requirements as to the animal and to the preparation before the flight. Airlines set their own rules, and if you are going to carry animal by plane, they need to see. Those who fly with a pet for the first time, it is useful to know the main stages of preparation for flight, and the subtleties that accompany the flight to be prepared for any eventuality.
Before you travel
Preparation for traveling with a pet begins long before departure. All warm-blooded animals (dogs, cats, etc.) must be issued a veterinary certificate, which specifies all the data on administered vaccinations. Compulsory vaccination, without which the animal will not be allowed to travel – rabies vaccination.
Three days before departure it is necessary to issue a veterinary certificate form No. 1 (for flights on internal flights). It is issued in a state veterinary clinic, and really only three days. At the time of registration you must have a veterinary certificate of the animal.
It is important to know that between vaccination and paperwork for export must be at least 30 days, so all routine vaccinations are done in advance.
When traveling abroad, poliovaccine, the animal must undergo chipping. Full package of documents, which you require, depends on the country of destination. All questions can be asked at the Embassy, and find out what documents are needed for entry in, or any other country.
In addition, you must contact the airline that you are flying and find out what the rules for carriage of animals they have. Each carrier may be different. If the animal is up to 5-8 kg. many airlines will allow you to take your pet along in the cabin. Large dogs, cats and other animals must travel in the Luggage compartment.
In both cases you will need to purchase a cage or kennel for the animal.
After all the documents are completed, and prior to departure in a few days, you must prepare the animal for the flight. It is best to consult a vet and follow his recommendations. One common rule – do not feed the animal on the day of departure, if the flight time is less than 7 hours. If more – to feed with caution before a flight is not to overfeed.
To cage an animal pre-trained dog or cat needs to feel safe being in there. If the cell was recently purchased, on the floor need to put the usual animal litter.
Soothing drops – to give or not to give? If the animal is generally docile, healthy and not shy (especially if you will fly in the cabin with the owner, and not in the Luggage compartment), drugs optional. In other cases, it would be wise to consult with a specialist. Animals generally tolerate flying very well.
At the airport
What to bring on a flight, in addition to the pet and documents? A harness and leash, regardless of the animal species (i.e. cats), for animal drinking water (Packed in bottles with a volume less than 100 ml.), and the usual wet wipes. If the flight is long, for small animals it is worth to take a portable tray (with lid) with the filler for the toilet. All these things should be in hand Luggage.
At the airport arrive early – in addition to regular registration, the owner of the animal must undergo a veterinary inspection. The veterinary control service to review the documents, and give permission for the flight. They are their own animal, as a rule, don’t examine, but the pet must be with you at least look at it a veterinarian at the airport will want to be sure. Time it takes not a lot.
If after passing the veterinary inspection is still some free time before check-in and boarding – walk your pet.
During check-in and baggage, the animal will be weighed, and the owner will need to pay for the ticket. The ticket price for an animal depends on its weight (including the cage), and tariffs of the airline. After payment, you will receive the boarding passes for yourself and the animal, and it will only remain to wait for boarding.
In that case, if the animal is large, its shipment is in the Luggage compartment, where a special heated room for Pets. After registering, you will have to submit an animal for loading. The pet must be in cage, remove leash and collar, try to calm your pet and not worry about it yourself.
If the animal’s weight allows to take it with you into the cabin, then no additional procedures after the registration pass is not required. Every airline sets its own standards of weight, often up to 5-8 pounds. All these nuances need to be clarified in advance at the airline, long before the flight.
Security control or control at the entrance to the airport, go together with the animal. Difficulties arise, if you’re taking small timid animal, or an animal, difficult to train.
Cats and small dogs, and other animals are in his hands. If the animal allows, get him a harness and leash – this will prevent escape. The kennel or cage is inspected using x-ray scan, and the host passes through a metal detector with the pet. Inspection of animals together with Luggage through an x-ray is forbidden!
After carrying will be a control, put him in her animal. Do not leave your Pets unattended, and make sure the animal didn’t run away, especially at transit airport.
Boarding is done in General terms. Any animal must be to carry.
During takeoff and landing, the animal must be in carry. If you are transporting the dog, during the flight it is possible to produce, and carrying to place in the Luggage compartment for hand Luggage, or to give it to the flight attendant.
If the animal is fearful, it is better to keep him in a kennel or on a leash during the entire flight.
In the plane, generally are not sold all the seats, and if the cabin is not fully filled, you can ask the cabin attendant to indicate free space and change to where it will be more convenient to stay with your pet.
All phases of flight animals suffer quietly enough. If the planned intermediate landing for refueling and maintenance of aircraft, the kennel with the animal it is best to take with you. In this case, again have to go through security checks before departure at the airport if there is no area for transit passengers, but the animal will be near you and not have to worry.