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Flying Pets

When flying for a trip, you don’t want to leave your pet behind. But is it simple enough to show up to the airport and board the plane? 

Not exactly. 

There are a few requirements in order to board the plane with your pet!

When speaking within the United States, let’s say hypothetically you’re traveling from Chicago to New York, what do you need? 

 

Health Certificate

 Most importantly, you’ll need to obtain a health certificate. This is a certificate that basically says your pet is safe to travel. You head to your vet, they inspect your animal, make sure they are free of signs of infectious disease, and fit for travel. 

This is also important because if not properly examined, loss of licensure could result. Your vet is not going to give you this signed paper without properly looking over your pet. 

 

What about Vaccines? 

The health certificate is designed to make sure that your pet is disease free. We’ve discussed vaccines and the annual frequency that is expected. 

In some cases, “certain vaccinations must be up to date for a health certificate to be issued.” It’s important to discuss this with your vet in a timely manner before traveling to determine what you’ll need. Doing this ahead of time will ensure that you can receive your certificate in time, just in case any problems arise.  

 

Acclimation Certificate

Some airlines may also require an acclimation certificate as well. This certificate will ensure that your pet is able to acclimate to temperatures lower than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. 

It’s important to contact your airline and figure out what is required with them specifically. There are general flying regulations, but more specific regulations depending on the airline and where you’re flying to. 

Once you contact the airlines you will have the necessary information to ensure that you and your pet can fly safely to your destination. 

When you have this information, it’s up to you to retrieve these signed documents from your vet. Typically, the airlines will want these documents within the last 10 days before departure.

With documents in hand, and your pet by your side, you’ll be ready to take off!

Have you flown with your pet? Let us know your experience in the comments!

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