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If your domestic travel plans include your pet, there are things you will need to do ahead of time to make sure your trip goes smoothly. While not nearly as arduous as international travel, there are regulations for interstate travel that pet owners need to bear in mind.
1) Call the Airline
Be sure to call the airline you will be using to find out their individual requirements for traveling with pets. Every airline has rules that dictate the size, dimensions and weight of authorized pet carriers. While many airlines allow pets to fly in the cabin, they often limit the number of pets in the cabin to one or two. Be prepared for the possibility of your pet flying in the cargo hold. Some airlines require additional forms to filled out by the pet owner or the pet’s veterinarian. Please understand that since every airline is different and their rules are constantly changing, it is vital for you to find this information prior to your veterinary appointment. Some airlines have specific timelines that health certificates must dated within. To research and download airline forms, please go to www.Pettravel.com.
2) Health Certificates
Pets flying domestically must be accompanied by a Health Certificate for Interstate Travel. This certificate is issued by your veterinarian. While Drs. Kupkee and Rose are licensed to fill out these forms, please bear in mind that not all veterinarians are. Be sure to ask when making your appointment. Your pet must have a Comprehensive Physical Exam on the day the certificate is issued, even if they have recently had one. This is required by the USDA and cannot be waived at the veterinarian’s discretion. Veterinarians cannot issue health certificates for pets that are unwell or who test positive for intestinal parasites. The consignee on the certificate is the person who is traveling with the pet. If you are sending a third party to get the health certificate, make sure they know the local and destination address and phone numbers of the person traveling with the pet. The certificate is valid for 30 days, but some airlines want the certificate done within a shorter timeframe.
3) Microchip and Pet Identification
You should have your pet's microchip checked and information updated or have one implanted and registered prior to traveling to help ensure return of your pet should they become separated from you. Current Rabies tags and identification tags or embroidered collars with ID information are also recommended.
4) Lyme Disease
If your dog is traveling north of Orlando, it is strongly recommended that they receive a Lyme Disease vaccination, especially if they will be spending time in wooded areas where ticks are a common problem. Dogs with no previous Lyme vaccine history should have 2 Lyme vaccines 3 weeks apart prior to traveling for the best protection. We also recommend that your pet is current on their tick preventative prior to traveling.
Traveling in Style
If you really want to pamper your pooch Pet Airways is a pet airline that will fly your pet in the main cabin of their aircraft. Complete with onboard pet attendants and pet lounges, Pet Airways focuses on one thing - flying pets safely. For more information visit www.petairways.com.