Pet travel FAQ’s – how to fly my pet, before buying a flight kennel for dog or cat, what airlines etc.
CAN MY PET EAT DURING THE FLIGHT?
It’s best if your pet does not eat during the flight, to avoid incidents that may make your pet dirty and uncomfortable. It is preferable not to feed your pet for up to 4 hours before
WHAT SHOTS (VACCINATIONS) DOES MY PET NEED?
Based on the destination and the type of pet involved, there are mandatory and optional vaccinations for your pet. Once we know your pet travel plans, our in-house vet will be able to advise on what vaccinations and treatments are required, and which ones you should consider for the health of your cat, dog or other pet.
WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED?
Based on the destination and origin of your pet and your pet travel plans, there could be anywhere from 2 – 15 different documents needed. This includes government approval, vet approval, health certification, vaccination information and more. To find out what documents you need, contact our pre-flight department.
DOES ANYONE CHECK ON MY PET DURING THE FLIGHT?
Before you check your dog or cat in for flight, we advise you on how best to secure your pet’s kennel. The ground-handling crew put your dog on the flight and in most cases, the pilot controls the temperature of the pet hold. Other than that, no one checks your pet during flight. If you are still concerned for your pet, ask our flight managers about our additional pet travel services.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING A KENNEL?
First, measure your pet. Call us for instructions on how to do this. Once you’ve measured your pet you must find a kennel that is the right size. Too small, and your pet may be cramped and hurt. Too big, and your pet could slide around and be injured. The kennel must also be airline-approved. To find out if your kennel is suitable, call us. Part of our basic flight management service includes advising you which kennel to buy and how to acclimate your pet to the kennel, so that he (or she) will be safe and comfortable.
CAN I TAKE MY DOG FOR A WALK ON A CONNECTION FLIGHT?
This depends on the regulations of the country and
SHOULD I SEDATE OR TRANQUILLIZE MY PET BEFORE THE FLIGHT?
No! It is a commonly repeated myth that pets should be tranquilized before a flight. Not only is it dangerous for the pet, lowering his blood pressure and rendering him defenseless,
CAN I BUY A SEAT FOR MY PET?
Currently, no airline provides seats for pets. Small pets can go in-cabin. Pets that go in-cabin must remain in their kennel, and the kennel is stowed under the passenger’s seat. Consult with your flight manager whether the in-cabin option is suitable for your pet.
WHERE IS MY PET SITUATED IN THE AIRPLANE?
That depends on your method of flight: ‘Cargo’, ‘Checked (excess) Baggage’ or ‘In-cabin’. You can read more about the method of flight in our Pets on the
WHAT DOES ANIMAL AIRWAYS DO?
We take care of all the travel needs of families with pets. Our basic service includes flight and itinerary planning, regulations, documentation, kennel acclimation and preparation, veterinary guidance and live support. We also provide and coordinate a whole range of services and products to ensure safe and simple travel for you and your pet.
DOES MY DOG KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Your dog may not know that he is flying in an