Flying is scary! Over 40% of humans report some sort of fear or anxiety surrounding flying on a plane. But what if we want our furry friends to join us on an adventure abroad? Traveling with your furry friend has increasingly become popular, and flying with your buddy in the cabin allows you to experience new adventures together.
But taking the statistics into mind, if humans, who are aware of what’s going on, experience anxiety or fear, what about our pets who have no clue what’s in the big giant metal bird? A pleasant and stress-free trip involves careful planning and consideration of your pet’s needs. We will provide you with some tips from pre-flight preparation to post-flight recovery. 🌁🐾
🛩️ Research and Choose Pet Friendly Airline – Start by researching airlines that allow pets in the cabin. While regulations may vary, several airlines offer this service. In Thailand, Nok Air is the only airline that allows pets into cabins on the domestic flight route in Thailand. Plus foreign carriers such as Qatar Airways, United Airlines and Etihad Airways may allow pets in the cabin on certain routes. It’s crucial to research and choose an airline that accommodates pets in the cabin. Look into their specific requirements, age and breed restrictions, fees, and available amenities.
📑 Health Check and Documentation – Before your trip, schedule a visit to the veterinarian. Ensure your furry friends are up to date on vaccinations, obtain the health certificate, and discuss any specific concerns or requirements for air travel. Also, different countries have different requirements on a pet’s vaccinations and some might need you to quarantine your pet for a certain period of time before traveling.
🥅 Crate Preparation – Introduce your furry friends to the travel crate well in advance of the flight. Make sure to train them beforehand, and also make sure the door to the box is secure and tightly sealed so they can’t randomly wander off and escape! Make it a positive experience by gradually increasing crate time, providing treats, and using soothing pheromone sprays to create a sense of familiarity and comfort.
🐶 Comfortable Carrying Crate – Invest in a well-ventilated, airline-approved pets carrier that provides ample space for your furry friend to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Familiarize your pets with the carrier to help them feel secure and relaxed during the journey.
🦮 Follow Cabin Rules and Etiquette – Respect the airline’s rules regarding carrier dimensions, weight limits, and placement under the seat. Keep your furry friends calm and quiet, avoiding any disturbances to fellow passengers. Follow flight attendants’ instructions regarding the carrier’s positioning and safety measures.
🌈 Calming Strategies – Consider using natural calming aids, such as pheromone sprays, lavender-infused bedding, or even CBD oil that’s especially made for pets. Blankets or any shirts or jackets that have your scent on it can also help calm your furry friends and remind them that you’re not too far away! Consult with your veterinarian for appropriate recommendations.
🥣 Hydration And Nourishment – Offer your pet small sips of water during the flight to keep them hydrated. Avoid feeding a full meal right before departure, but provide small snacks to prevent hunger. Pack some treats or their favorite chew toys to keep them occupied and entertained! If they are in a cargo hold, they should have a water dispenser tightly attached to the crate, so no need to worry about it there!
😴 Post-flight Rest and Recovery – Allow your furry friend to rest and decompress after the journey. Find a quiet space where they can relax and adjust to the new environment. Provide familiar bedding and comforting items to help them feel at ease.
🚽 Bathroom Break – Take your friend to a designated pet relief area or provide them with an opportunity to relieve themselves as soon as possible after the flight. Engage in a short walk or play session to help them burn off any excess energy.
🩺 Post-travel health Checkup – Schedule a post-flight check-up with your veterinarian to ensure your pets is in good health. Discuss any concerns or observations related to the journey, and follow any recommended post-travel care instructions.
Flying with your furry friend in the cabin opens up a world of travel possibilities for pet owners. By following these pre-flight, during-flight, and post-flight care tips, you can ensure a positive and stress-free experience for both you and your furry friend.
Remember to plan ahead, choose a pet-friendly airline, prepare your pets for the journey, and prioritize their comfort and well-being at every step. After all, our furry friend’s happiness should be the most important thing for all pet parents! Safe travels await you and your loyal companion!
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