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Air travel is for ever on the increase and an staggering  number of us need to fly with our cats or dogs. For many years  families have chosen to take their family pet on road trips and camping vacations while preferring to leave them at home when taking a vacation abroad or when traveling by air. As air travel reduces in cost the thought of taking our pet with us seems an attractive option. The following article takes a close look at Pets, Air Travel, focusing on traveling in England, Scotland and Wales.

Flights, Pets, and the Airline Rules and Regulations

One of the most important points to keep at the front of your mind in respect of air travel and pets regulations and rules. In Great Britain there are a few laws which apply, for example the “Safe Air Travel for Animals Act” (2000).   Recently there has been an increase in security and where you once may have been allowed to carry small pets with you on a flight this may no longer be the case. It is, obviously, incredibly importance that you verify the situation with the airline before booking your flight. Most airlines now state precisely that all pets and small animals will only be transported in suitable containers in the cargo hold. This is clearly much safer than risking a pet becoming distressed and causing a problem.

Although any small animals or pets are these days restricted to the cargo hold some caring airlines will allow you to attend the animal being transferred to and from the aircraft. However it is vitally important that, purchasing your tickets you discuss the matter with the airline.

Other Important Considerations

1. The Pet’s Container

Also it it most incredibly important that you choose a pet carrier of the correct size, type and weight for the animal that will be housed in it for the duration of the flight. There should always be sufficient excess room for the pet to be able to move about freelyall of the time. The longer the duration of the flight the more increased the amount of extra space required.

2. Safety/Security Measures And Air Travel With Pets

At every moment your pet carrier should be clearly visible to the airline workers to avoid loss, which is always possible with any air travel. All pet containers should be labeled clearly with both the destination and a return address and full contact details. Also it is advised strongly that you include the details of an additional person in case of emergencies when you can’t be contacted. As well as having labels on the exterior also think about the addition some to the interior.  Also take measure to ensure that your pet has a collar that is not loose with an identification tag or similar. The risk of loss is least during non-stop flights.

If it is affordable it also well worth thinking about having your animal fitted with an electronic tag which is placed under the coat by a vetinary surgeon. As soon as you know when and the destination you will be traveling to book an appointment with the vet (or at least telephone) as he will be able to give important advice on what the requirements are when flying to another area or country. Your pet may require injections and there may be other precautions or restrictions to keep in mind.

Planning for the future is always the finest option and the very fact that you are towards the bottom of this article is a wise decision. By ensuring you understand the pet air travel tips & hints included in this article and by searching for further information online and from your vet, you can be sure that you pet travels securely and safely while suffering the smallest amount of stress.


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