Travel by air, particularly to international destinations, requires more preparation than hopping in your car, but it can be done.
• If your pup can fit in a carrier under your seat and thus ride in the cabin with you, airplanes can be a wonderful way to see the world together.
• The ASPCA recommends against flying animals in cargo. If you must, it suggests using a USDA-approved shipping crate, flying nonstop, and avoiding pre-flight sedatives (for more airplane tips, see aspca.org). Consider a carrier dedicated to transporting animals, such as Companion Air.
• When traveling out of the country, have up-to-date health-care records with you. Contact the embassies of countries you’ll be visiting for the requirements and restrictions.
For information on U.S. regulations regarding pet travel in foreign destinations, contact the USDA at usda.gov or 800.545.USDA.
This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 69: Mar/Apr/May 2012
Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com