Sedating pets airline travel
Taking your pet on a few short drives in the container may also help them become used to travelling in it.For more tips and a detailed pet travel packing checklist, check out our travel blog where we speak to the RSPCA and Australian Assistance dogs for expert advice.Containers can be hired or purchased from dedicated pet travel companies such as Dogtainers, or sometimes even from the airline themselves.Travel Tip: Make sure to label your pet's carrier with your name, contact details, destination details, and attach a bag of food and feeding details for ground staff upon arrival.Seasoned pet travel pros recommend taking some wet wipes to clean the container (and your pooch or puss) at their destination.
For airlines to accept your pet for travel, they must be more than eight weeks old, appear to be in good health and not show signs of undue aggression.
There are natural calmers to help your pet if they are particularly anxious or hyperactive, but this should be discussed with your vet during your pre-flight visit.
All pets must travel in containers approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Much the same as domestic pet travel, the first step in organising your furry friend’s big adventure abroad is booking in a visit to the vet.
As well as giving your cat or dog a clean bill of health with up-to-date vaccinations, worming and flea and tick treatments, the vet may be required to administer some extra checks for international travel.
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The process to send pets internationally can be a complex and arduous one and should be started well in advance of travel – sometimes at least six months beforehand.