7 Travel Tips for Flying with Your Pet
With the right planning and preparation, having your small cat or dog with you in the cabin during your flight can be a breeze. To ensure your pooch or feline friend will be comfortable at higher altitudes, we’ve rounded up seven tips to help prepare you both for a stress-free flight.
Before you book
Try to minimize air time and book a non-stop or short-haul flight to limit the hours your pet is required to travel, especially if it is their first time flying. Even before you book, it’s always best to think beyond the flight and consider if the weather conditions of your travel destination will be appropriate for your pet.
Finding the perfect fit
When looking for a pet carrier, ensure the measurements fit the airline’s guidelines. For Porter, the carrier must be soft-sided and small enough to fit under the airplane seat in front of you. It’s important to purchase a carrier that will keep your pet comfortable during the flight with cozy cushioning, proper ventilation and a sturdy design. Keep in mind the carrier should have enough space for your pet to move around in. All in, the combined weight of your pet and pet carrier can be no more than 9 kg (20 lbs).
Familiarize your pet with the carrier
Allow your pet to get accustomed to being inside the carrier before your trip by scheduling a few trial runs. A great way to practice is by taking your pet for a car ride or hopping on public transit so they can get acquainted with it.
Tire them out
On the day before your flight, take your pet on long walks, have more play time than usual, and engage them in high-energy activities. The goal is to minimize your pet feeling distressed during the flight by tiring them out the night before.
Your pet’s travelling essentials
Packing dry pet food, treats, a leash, and a couple of small toys in your personal bag will keep your furry friend content. It’s also recommended to not feed your pet for four to six hours before the flight, but do not hesitate to give treats during the flight for positive reinforcement.
Identity tags for your pet
In case of possible separation from your pet, it is extremely important to tag your pet and carrier with proper ID labels that include your name, contact information (make sure it includes both your telephone number and address), and your pet’s name. Even if your pet has a microchip, an identity tag will ensure your pet’s safety in case you lose each other.
Have all the necessary documents ready
To travel with your pet, it’s recommended that you have a Veterinarian Health Certificate issued less than 10 days before your departure date. The certificate indicates your pet has been examined, all its vaccinations are up-to-date, and your fluffy companion is fit to fly with you. If you have pet health insurance, bring a copy with you in case something happens while on vacation.
Porter is happy to welcome you and your four-legged friend on board. If you are thinking of travelling with your pet on one of our flights, familiarize yourself with some of the requirements of travelling with a pet here.