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Traveling with a pet: how to predict what airlines are asking for

Before flying with a pet, it is advisable to check with the airlines.
Before flying with a pet, it is advisable to check with the airline. (© Javier Broch / AdobeStock)

You can’t imagine go on vacation without your dog, or your cat, or even your hamster? Before booking a trip, check what formalities need to be met and which airlines accept them on board.

Anticipate your trip

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) advises to expect from buying an air ticket. “When booking a trip or purchasing a ticket, be sure to tell your airline or travel agency that you will be traveling with your pet. Some companies limit the number of animals allowed on a flight, ”says on its website.

take up-to-date medical book your pet and consult your veterinarian if he is nervous or prone to motion sickness. You can also call the company at least 72 hours before your flight to confirm their presence on board.

Hold or cabin?

Some companies may allow the presence of small animals in the cabin, as well as assistance dogs. Therefore, check with your company whether it accepts them and what maximum allowable weight.

The rest of the animals will have to travel in the cargo hold, but not with luggage, but in a “ventilated, sealed and heated place.” Your animal’s cage will be held there in such a way that it remains stable.

Choice of shipping box

For carriage in the hold, the bodywork must be approved in accordance with IATA (International Air Transport Association), airy and big enough so that the animal can turn around and lie down normally. Be sure to secure the feeders and drinkers inside the crate, avoiding bowls that can tip over. Please note that padlocks are not allowed, but you can enter the name of the animal, its tattoo number, as well as your name, phone number, and destination address inside the cage.

What animals are allowed to travel?

Most airlines only accept dogs and cats on board. If you want to travel with a parrot or hamster, ask your company about it. Relatively dangerous dogs, those in category 1, they are not allowed to fly. For snub-nosed dogs – boxer, bulldog… – suffering from difficulty in breathing, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian before any air travel.

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What are the companies saying?

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