November 19, 2013
You may want to plan ahead if your holiday travel plans include a pet this year.
Many families traveling for the holidays, will want their four-legged friends along for the ride. The Humane Society of the United States says if you must fly with your pet, it ideally belongs in the cabin, in your care-- rather than the cargo hold.
Ahead of your trip, ask if the airline has any pet health or immunization requirements, or requirements for pet carriers. Then, practice getting them in and out of that carrier.
A busy airport and TSA lines can be a lot for a pet to handle.
Get to the airport early enough so that you can request a special secondary screening, and what they'll do is offer you a space in a side room where they can close the door to the room and do your screening away from the chaos and the noise.
Whether air or land, pets travel easier, with comforts from home.
Favorite blankets, favorite toy -- bring things that your pet is familiar with, and has their smell and the smell of home on it already. That'll help comfort your pet if they're an anxious traveler.
Really gauge how your pet might react to holiday crowds and an extended trip, in the event of flight delays. If they're too excitable-- or have health conditions-- it's probably best to leave them behind, in the care of someone you trust.