Traveling with Your Pets
If your animal can't be with you in the cabin, the general rule of thumb is not to put them on an airplane. Despite new regulations issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to implement the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act, both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States strongly urge that you avoid putting your pet in a plane's cargo hold. The animals can be subject to rough handling when loading and to extreme temperature changes en route.
If there's no alternative, then follow these suggestions:
Â•Â Visit your vet within ten days of departure to obtain a signed certificate of health that your pet needs for boarding.
Â•Â Book a direct flight whenever possible to eliminate glitches that might occur when the animal changes planes.
Â•Â Know the airline's restrictions. Some limit the weight for an animal and his crate to 70 to 120 pounds.
Â•Â Minimize your animal's anxiety by letting him try out his crate ahead of time. Place it in your living room and line it with his favorite blanket and toys.
Â•Â Fly midday in winter and mornings in summer to avoid dangerous temperature extremes.
For more tips, check with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (212.876.7700, www.aspca.org), the Humane Society of the United States (202.452.1100, www.hsus.org), and the Air Transport Association of America (202.626.4000, www.airlines.org).
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication