Traveling with your pet is not less stressful than traveling with your child. Unlike your baby, your pet child also seeks the same attention. According to research, 85% of Americans prefer to take their pet with them whether it is for a long vacation trip or a permanent shifting to a new place. Therefore, it is necessary to know the common problems that you may have to face during traveling. It will be helpful to you, as knowing about the issues, you can find out possible solutions for them before starting the move. So, let us start with the common issues as well as their remedies that will lead you to a successful trip with your pet.
Pets Are Prohibited
There are several airlines as well as lodging accommodations that don’t allow pets. In this situation, the only option is to ship your pet via ground pet services or drive on your own to your destination. You can opt for train travel too with some additional charges for your pet. Search for pet-friendly accommodation before booking your stay.
Pets Are Allowed In Selective Places
Some of the airlines allow you to take your pet with you in the cabin if it is small enough to carry in a small carriage. Simultaneously, some others allow them only in their cargo services. It differs as per airlines’ pet service policies.
Restrictions Based On Breed Specifications
Most airlines have restrictions on transporting certain breeds of animals. For instance, brachycephalic breeds of dogs and cats can not board in the flights because of their snubbed nose that can create breathing problems in them in the heightened cargo holds, even if cargos are high altitude and climate-controlled. Moreover, some airlines have also restricted their policies of shipping of the breeds of dangerous animals. So, you need to better specify your pet’s breed to the airlines before planning for a trip, otherwise, you may have to face some unexpected incidents.
Airlines never allow you to fly with your pet if the weather is fluctuating continuously while traveling. Generally, air services won’t let you fly if the temperature is under 45°F in winter or above 85°F in summer. Flying under the circumstance of extreme weather may cause hypothermia or severe dehydration or stomach issues to your pet. In case of sudden climate change, your trip can be interrupted. You may have to wait for the next suitable schedule.
As per American Veterinary Medical Association pets should not be tranquilized during air travel as any kind of sedatives can harm them in those high altitude air pressures in the cargo holds. Sedatives may harm the pet’s respiratory system as well as can collapse it’s a heart too. If you are using an agent chosen via facilitators like citizenshipper where you get to choose a driver, then you should convey your message regarding sedatives to the driver.
Inappropriate Pet Carriage
If you assume that your regular pet crate is applicable for the air transport then you are in a misconception. For travel by air or ground, you need to arrange a more sturdy carrier that is verified by The International Air Transport Association and USDA.
Sometimes pet crate’s size and plane size don’t match as big crates can not be fitted in the small planes. Or, somehow fitted, ventilation problems can occur due to the small size of the plane. In this condition, you need to update your traveling itinerary or may have to change your ride which is inconvenient.
Failure To Start Pet Documentation
Every country has its own strict rules related to pet transport as well as its health certification. No matter where you are heading up to, exact documents and proper regulations need to be followed. Lack of necessary documents and health certification of your pet can compel you to fly without your pet. The entire paperwork regarding pet transport can take several months. So, make sure to complete the paperwork on time.
Scarcity Of Necessary Resources
Taking your pet as your travel partner seeks lots of necessary research on transportation services and proper paperwork. You would possibly require road permits for traveling with pets, vaccination certificates of the pet, an updated health certificate signed by an accredited veterinarian, etc while traveling. There may be some other requisites as traveling rules and features continuously changing according to the circumstances. Not always travel blogs by other pet parents or pet transportation companies’ can help you to overcome all travel-related issues because of the constant changes in the latest information.
Pre-planned preparations can solve your problems only by virtually but the main part is to face them and act accordingly.