To ensure that your pet stays safe and sounds during travel, it is often useful to prepare beforehand to ensure that all paperwork, containers and requirements are on order well in advance. This will help reduce stress for both you and your pet when the time comes to travel.

TIPS FOR SAFE ANIMAL TRANSPORT

  • Always ensure that your pet has a valid rabies inoculation certificate.
  • Transit containers should be strong enough to contain and support the animal, and should also comply with IATA and Animal Welfare regulations.
  • Acceptable containers include rigid, strong plastic, plywood or hardware crates or carriers that have two secure door fasteners. A rigid bar on the sides of the container ensures that containers cannot be placed directly alongside each other, which in turn ensures adequate ventilation.
  • Ventilation holes are also essential. These should be small enough to prevent any break-out attempts or paws extending through the hole, but large enough to provide enough air for your pet.
  • Containers should also be large enough for animals to stand, turn around and sleep lying down comfortably. Don’t forget to include a blanket as well!
  • Not all animals are able to be transported by air. Speak to our consultants if you have any doubts about the best method of transportation.
  • Puppies and kittens under the age of eight weeks old are not allowed to go by air, as they are unable to self-regulate their body temperatures. Wait until your pet can safely travel before arranging animal transit.

YOUR PET/S DURING THE FLIGHT:

  • As your pet/s is/are living creatures they demand the same sort of comfort and attention that we would expect.
  • The cargo compartments in the aircrafts are temperature controlled and pressurized, ensuring that your pet/s travels under the best possible conditions and circumstances.
  • Pet/s is/are carried in these specially designed cargo compartments.

SOME HANDY TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PET/S

TRAVEL CONTAINER

Your pet/s may not be used to being closed up in a travel container / sky kennel. Accustom your pet to his/her container a few days before travel by allowing him/her to sleep in it, or by feeding him/her in it. A favorite toy or blanket will also make him/her feel more at home, relaxed and at ease. A week is usually enough for any pet to become accustomed to staying in a travel container. They often enjoy it as well!!

FEEDING

You want your pet/s to travel comfortably. Remember that pet/s can suffer from motion sickness – so be careful about feeding. Give them a light, easily digestible meal the evening before, or no later than 8 hours before the departure time. This will avoid upset tummies during the flight.

Don’t feed your pet/s after 8 hours before transit. Exercising him/her before loading will minimize the risk of him/her fouling his/her container or suffering from motion sickness. Pet/s will generally avoid messing in the container, but if they have relieved themselves properly before departure, it is easier for them to keep their container clean.

SEDATION/TRANQUILIZING

  • Tranquilizing is not allowed. For nervous travellers, we would recommend herbal products with no side effects, i.e. Rescue Remedy / Nutricalm. The drops are easier to administer, and can be given orally, or in the pets water (make sure they drink the dosed water before the trip, though), and it can also be rubbed onto the tips of their ears, nose and mouth or under the paws. Start using the herbal product of your choice a couple of days prior to departure.

Your pets’ name, flight details and feeding instructions will be attached to the top of the travel container. This is a great help to the animal attendants/airline staff, because calling a pet by his/her name can be very comforting.

For more advice on travelling with pets, contact Animal Travel Services today and speak to our friendly, helpful consultants.