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Important Tips If You Want to Carry Your Pet on Board the Plane

The number of people who love to travel with their pets increases every year. And while pets used to travel in the cargo hold, more and more people are bringing them into the passenger cabin as carry-ons.


If you're getting ready to travel with your pet as a carry-on, here are some items that you should take care of well in advance of your next travel date.

First, find a sturdy pet carrier that will allow you to keep them safe, but also meets airline requirements. For example, Southwest carry-on sizes must be limited to 10" x 16" x 24", which is slightly bigger then Delta's carry-on requirements.

Second of all, try and buy a direct flight if you can. Travel is stressful on pets which is why you should try and make their overall trip as short as possible.

Third of all, you should have your dog or cat microchipped and make sure they have a collar with an ID tag on them as well. Even though they will be by your side the whole trip, there is always a chance you could get separated from them.

Fourth of all, if your trip is scheduled to last for more then four hours you might want to bring some food along and some canned food. Remember if you're bringing moist food along, it should be no bigger than 3 ounces because of FAA regulations.

And lastly, you should always have your dog or cat checked out by a veterinarian first. Changes in altitude and the stress of traveling might be too much for some older animals. Also while you're at the veterinary clinic check and see if you need a health certificate for your dog or cat as well.

While at the veterinary clinic, you may also want to discuss whether or not your pet will need to be sedated since you're taking them into the cabin as a carry-on.

Since pet carry-on requirements can change frequently, you should always check with the specific airline that you're traveling with. The key to making your travels go smoothly is planning far in advance.

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