Flying with Your Pet

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Are you planning on doing any end of summer traveling? If so, one thing you may need to consider is what to do about your pet should you have plans of bringing him or her along. Thankfully, flying with your four-legged friend is easier than ever as the majority of airlines are quite animal friendly. However, each one has regulations regarding pets so make sure you thoroughly research them prior to booking your flight.

Most airlines will allow you to bring along your pet as either checked or carry-on luggage. You may already have a pet carrier that you prefer to keep your furry friend in, but do make sure that it is okay to use and that it meets the specific regulations so you don’t run into any surprises when you show up at the airport. Guidelines will vary but in most cases pets traveling as carry-on luggage will be required to go underneath the seat for the duration of the flight in a soft carrier. Larger pets traveling as cargo will be required to fly in a non-collapsible carrier and they must have plenty of water available.

With the proliferation of travelers bringing along their pets, hotels are increasingly providing pet friendly options.. Major chains like the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons will roll out the red carpet for your four-legged friend but again, make sure to read policies before booking. You will also be required to pay an additional fee for your pet to stay with you.

Before you and your pet leave for your trip, take the time to prepare for unforeseen medical emergencies. Research any emergency vet clinics in or near your destination in case you find yourself having to take your pet to an animal doctor.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.


By Administrator at 18 Aug 2016, 09:35 AM

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