Traveling With Your Pet

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby farrah7031 » Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:37 am

Another thought, can you put them both in the same carrier? Maybe get a larger carrier that both will fit in? That could be better for the little one.

I'm not sure if the airlines will let you double up animals, so you'll have to call to check.

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby haveacupcake » Mon Jul 09, 2007 12:18 pm

Oh yes - it's a non-stop flight - a little over 5 hours. We are definitely going to ask the vet when we take them in for their health certificates next week.

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby ganthine » Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:40 am


I have a 4 year old 40 lbs dog, very sweet and easily scared; we are moving back to France with her of course !!
But I am a little scared too, how will she be after a 9 hours flight + waiting time in Miami and waiting time in Paris?

Have you experienced any difficulties with your dog?


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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby gordwick » Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:32 am

Reading your posts made me understand why I don't have a pet.

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby Diane » Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:38 pm

An excellent article on airline policies regarding pet transport was published today in the Los Angeles Times. I am pasting it below -


Flying with Fluffy and Fido: airlines' pet policies
Taking a pet on a plane can be tricky. The rules vary by airline. Some won't take animals, but others offer special perks.

By Debora Vrana, Special to The Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2007

For many pet lovers, a vacation wouldn't be complete without their dog or cat beside them.

But taking a pet on a plane can be tricky. Negotiating the maze of travel restrictions, which vary widely from airline to airline, is daunting. Many carriers allow small dogs or cats to ride under the seat in front of you; others don't. Some will take a large dog in the cargo hold in a kennel. Other airlines won't allow pets, period.

It's especially important to check the rules if you're traveling in the summer or winter, when many airlines have restrictions because of extreme temperatures. In the summer, some airlines prohibit pet travel to cities where the temperatures are really hot, such as Las Vegas. Sitting on the tarmac in a kennel when it's boiling hot can kill a pet.

Here's a rundown of some of the major airlines and their current policies. This information applies only to pets, not to certified service animals, such as seeing-eye dogs, because airlines are required to follow government regulations on travel for such animals.

Once you select an airline, remember to check the rules on vaccinations and a pet's health status, which can differ from state to state. International guidelines are even more complex.


Pets in cabin: Dogs, cats, rabbits and household birds.

Pets as luggage: Alaska and Horizon Air accept most small domesticated pets in the climate-controlled luggage compartment. Other pets may be accepted with approval. Pets accepted include dogs, cats, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, pot-bellied pigs and nonpoisonous reptiles.

Cost: $75 each way in the cabin. In cargo, it's $100 each way for a pet and kennel weighing up to 149 pounds combined.

Limit: One per traveler.

How many pets per flight: In the cabin, one in first class and five in the main cabin, for a total of six per flight.

Booking your pet: Call (800) 252-7522 in advance.

Carrier restrictions: In the cabin, the carrier must fit under the seat, and the pet must be able to move comfortably. Dimensions vary. See the website, or call reservations for specifics. In the climate-controlled luggage compartment, the largest kennel Alaska will accept is what is known as a 500-size.

Carrier availability: A limited number of in-cabin carriers are for sale at most airport locations. Please arrange in advance.

Special restrictions: If the temperature is too hot or too cold, the airline may not take pets in the cargo hold. Animals with offensive odors or those that are noisy must travel in the hold.

Perks: Once a pet is loaded into the luggage compartment, a ticket confirming the animal is onboard is delivered to the traveler.


Pets in cabin: Cats and dogs only, 20-pound limit.

Pets checked as luggage: Two pets and two kennels are allowed per passenger, with each pet in a kennel; there are some exceptions (contact the airline). The maximum weight with a kennel is 100 pounds.

Cost: Cabin pets, $80 each way. As checked baggage, $100 each way.

Limit: See above.

Maximum pets per flight: Seven.

Booking your pet: Call reservations in advance, (800) 433-7300.

Carrier restrictions: Soft-sided carriers OK, as long as they are made of nylon and have ventilation. Can't weigh more than 20 pounds.

Carrier availability: None.

Special restrictions: Check with reservations agent for hot and cold temperature restrictions. Will refuse animals exhibiting aggressive behavior. Special restrictions for travel to Hawaii.

Perks: None.


Pets in cabin: Cats, dogs, rabbits and small birds.

Pets checked as luggage: Not allowed. But the airline's PetSafe cargo program accommodates all sizes of kennels for pets weighing up to 250 pounds. Call the 24-hour live-animal desk at (800) 575-3335. You can also track your animal's journey online through the PetSafe program at

Cost: $95 each way in the cabin. Check for cargo rates.

Limit: One pet per traveler.

Weight: No limit, but pets must be in a carrier that can fit under the seat.

Maximum pets per flight: Four pets in economy class and one in first class. (No pets in the BusinessFirst cabins. )

Booking your pet: For in-cabin pets, book online or call Continental reservations, (800) 525-0280.

Carrier restrictions: The carrier must fit under the seat.

Carrier availability: In-cabin pet kennels are available at some airports for $55.

Special restrictions: No pets in the cabin to and from Hawaii. No American pit bulls anywhere, unless they are puppies ages 8 weeks to 6 months and don't weigh more than 20 pounds. Also, no pets are shipped if they have been sedated. This is due to a recommendation from the American Veterinary Medical Assn.

Perks: The airline has one of the industry's most extensive programs for pets. Continental also operates a kennel in its cargo area at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, the nation's only such facility. Overnight kenneling and grooming services are available. The airline also provides personal handling in climate-controlled vehicles for connections between flights when temperatures rise. Your pet can also earn frequent-flier miles.


Pets in cabin: Dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.

Pets as checked luggage: Because of heat concerns, pets cannot travel from May 15 to Sept. 15. During other times, only warm-blooded mammals and birds considered to be pets or show animals are allowed. Two kennels are allowed per flight.

Cost: In-cabin fee is $50. Pets checked as baggage are $100.

Limit: Only one carry-on pet per passenger. Two pets are allowed in cargo.

Maximum pets per flight: Two in the main cabin.

Booking your pet: Call (800) 221-1212.

Carrier restrictions: The carrier must fit under the seat.

Carrier availability: None.

Special restrictions: Animals must be "non-offensive" and not pose a danger to passengers or baggage handlers.

Perks: The Delta Pet First service is intended to ensure animal safety and comfort. The airline has temperature-controlled live-animal holding areas in its four hub cities: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas and Salt Lake City.


Pets in cabin: Small dogs and cats.

Pets in cargo: Not allowed, because of a lack of oxygen and pressurized air.

Cost: $50 each way.

Limit: One pet per traveler.

Weight: The combined weight of the pet and carrier can't exceed 20 pounds.

Maximum pets per flight: Four.

Booking your pet: Customers must call reservations and let them know they are traveling with a pet. Cannot use online flight check-in. (800) 538-2583.

Carrier restrictions: Must fit under the seat and have a leak-proof bottom.

Carriers availability: Soft-sided carriers that are 3 1/2 pounds empty are available for $60 (nonrefundable).

Special restrictions: No cargo pets.

Perks: TrueBlue travelers with pets earn double JetBlue miles.


Pets in cabin: Dogs, cats and household birds.

Pets as checked baggage: Allowed. Dogs, cats, household birds and other pets such as rabbits and hamsters can travel with your luggage on domestic flights; advance arrangements are required, and the airline recommends you choose nonstop flights. Only dogs and cats can travel with luggage on international flights.

Cost: $80 each way in the cabin. For pets traveling with luggage, the cost is from $139 for small pets to $359 for animals weighing 150 pounds or more.

How many: One per traveler.

Maximum pets per flight: Six carry-on pets per flight.

Booking your pet: For carry-on pets, call Northwest reservations and pay fees in advance. For checked pets, check the website before calling,, or call (800) 225-2525.

Carrier restrictions: Combined weight of carry-on kennel and pet not more than 15 pounds. Carriers must be leak-proof and ventilated on two sides.

Carrier availability: None.

Restrictions: Because of heat, embargo from June 1 through Sept. 15 for pets traveling to Las Vegas and all cities in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Perks: Offers the Priority Pet Program, with employee training at all locations and transportation in heated and pressurized luggage compartments. Also offers a more costly same-day shipping service for pets traveling in cargo.


Pets: No pets allowed.


Pets in cabin: Dogs, cats and household birds.

Pets as checked baggage: Cats, dogs and household birds. For other animals, contact United Cargo at

Cost: Cabin pets cost $85 each way; in cargo, it's $100 for smaller pets and $200 for medium-size to extra-large pets.

Limit: One pet per traveler.

Maximum pets per flight: Depends on the aircraft. Check with the airline.

Booking your pet: Call (800) 864-8331. Special cold- or hot-weather restrictions may apply for those traveling in the cargo area, so reconfirm your trip 24 to 48 hours before the flight.

Carrier restrictions: It must fit under the seat.

Carrier availability: Carriers are available.

Restrictions: Short-nosed dog breeds such as Boston terriers, boxers and English bulldogs are not accepted as cargo or checked baggage during the hotter months, June 1 to Sept. 30. Tropical birds such as parrots are not accepted in the cabin.

Perks: None.


Pets in cabin: Small dogs, cats or birds.

Pets checked with baggage: Not allowed; hub cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas have extreme temperatures. The only exception: On nonstop shuttle flights to Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., some pets are accepted as checked baggage. The customer must be on the same flight.

Cost: $80 each way.

How many: One per passenger.

Maximum pets per flight: The number of pets in the cabin is limited. Check with the airline.

Booking your pet: Call (800) 428-4322 to coordinate your pet travel plans.

Carrier restrictions: Hard-sided carriers up to 17 inches long and 16 inches wide are allowed, as well as soft-sided carriers that are leak- and escape-proof.

Carrier availability: None.

Special restrictions: Pets are not allowed in the cabin for travel to and from Hawaii.

Perks: None.

There was a companion article on how to keep your dog happy in a car:


How make your dog a happy traveler in the car

The scent of lavender seems to calm dogs during long car trips. If that doesn't do it, there are always tranquilizers.

By Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
October 29, 2006

IF your dog is a terrible traveler on car trips, aromatherapy may help calm Fido — and you.

Dogs relaxed or were better behaved when they smelled lavender oil that had been sprayed on a flannel cloth and placed inside the car, according to a study. Researchers compared that behavior with car trips where dogs smelled only normal odors, says Deborah Wells, a senior lecturer at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She reported her results in the Sept. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Assn.

"We have found that lavender has a calming effect on dogs in other non-travel-related contexts, specifically rescue shelters," she says. The discovery prompted her to test its effects during car rides.

For the study, Wells recruited 32 dogs with a history of unruly behavior in cars. The owners took their dogs for a 20- to 30-minute car ride for three consecutive days with nothing but typical car and outdoor smells.

Then Wells sprayed a cloth with about .16 ounces of lavender oil, hung it in the cars and asked the owners to take the dogs for 20- to 30-minute rides on three consecutive days. On each ride, the dog's movements and barking were recorded, and Wells computed the percentage of time dogs engaged in various behaviors.

When exposed to lavender, the dogs barked less, moved around less, and rested and sat more during the rides. During the normal-odor rides, they spent more than 70% of the time barking and otherwise vocalizing. In the lavender-scented rides, their vocalizing time dropped to 55%.

Lavender may also help with dogs' motion sickness, Wells says, citing a study that found it helps quell motion sickness in pigs.

Even the owners seemed more relaxed during the aromatherapy drives, Wells says, although she isn't sure if they relaxed after their pets did or whether they too were affected by the lavender aroma.

Lavender oil, available online and from health food stores, costs $8 to $20 an ounce.

Other ways to calm your four-legged traveler:

• Water therapy: Take your dog for a swim, if it likes water, says David Reinecker, a Los Angeles-area dog behaviorist and founder of Dog Remedy Behavioral Training. "You want the dog to be happy and exhausted."

• Massage: "Focus on the ear, the tummy, the hips," Reinecker says. During the massage, "talk soothingly. Do it for 10 or 15 minutes."

• Dog-appeasing pheromone: Sold online and at pet stores, products with DAP promise to stop stress-related behaviors, such as excess whimpering.

They contain "a pheromone associated with what we would probably interpret as pleasure," says Bonnie Beaver, a professor of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M, College Station. "It's from the mammary gland of a female dog. Puppies smell it when they nurse. For some it works; for some it doesn't. But I think you would find that with lavender as well."

• Drug therapy: Available over the counter, Benadryl can help quell the motion sickness that may trigger the unruly behavior, Beaver says. Ask your vet about the proper dose.

"Give it at least 30 to 60 minutes before travel," she says. It will make some dogs sleepy, but not all, she says.

• Another option, Beaver says, is to ask your vet about doggie tranquilizers.

• Nature CDs: Once in the car, try not to have high-pitched sounds, Reinecker says. "Get a CD of nature sounds or classical music," he says, "even New Age."

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby removalboxes » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:42 am

Its good to know that one of the most difficult pets to transport to your new home surprisingly are fish, in particular, tropical or marine species and those that require a large aquarium tank.

Remeber that many species of fish are very sensitive to sudden changes in their environment and so therefore they need to be settled as much as possible throughout the move.

Do not travel with your fish still in the tank. You will be suprised how many times this has been attempted :hmm:

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby absmoving143 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:03 am

Whether your travel with your pet by air or land, has been assisting pet owners with worldwide travel advice, pet friendly hotels, and the best products for 14 years. In recent years, transporting pets on commercial flights has grown more complicated — and more expensive.Start your pet on a travel-feeding schedule with a light meal of kibble two to three hours before departure. Never feed your pet in a moving vehicle.Try taking him for short, frequent car rides that end up at the park, dog supply store or another pleasant place. If your dog does not adjust to the car, then a road trip is not a good option. Make a list of several veterinary hospitals that are easily accessible from your route, preferably within one hour’s drive from any given point. Check that they will be open during your travel.

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby Jewel Daley » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:09 am

ya same to you i am also traveling to move my Dog from New Delhi to USA (Los Angeles). This would be the first time i am planning to make a travel with my Pomeranian who is 13 yrs old. I have lot of questions since i am very worried about this move which i am planned several times over the last 1.5 yrs but never materialized due to lack of information and courage to let him go through long jrny.

Few Questions i have are:
a. Does any professional pet movers help in the move and are they worth considering as an option?
b. If i can bring my pet via special charter planes, do anyone has the information on how and where can i get that information from?
c. Is Lufthansa the best option as they have pet lounges?

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby chetwomach11 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:57 am

My Dog Simba was too a headache when I had decided to Move...
The movers I hired, took care in a much organized manner. I found it funny though, the employees running after him to catch him as seeing the house empty, Simba was running all over the hall and kitchen. Bt all in all, it ended well.

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby GarryMatt » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:44 am

Hi! I moved from Nyc to Georgia with my 2 dogs and it was disgusting. They've always lived in big house with yard where they could do everything. Our moving took 15 hours. So I know all the problems. Jake's advice are useful and cool. Thank!

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Re: Traveling With Your Pet

Postby shawnlimws » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:08 am

Read about this somewhere before, if your pet is going the be traveling many hours in the crate, you need to get them used to it.

So they need to love being in the crate, they need to be desensitised to noise and movement outside the crate and they also need accept being handled by strangers when inside the crate.

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