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Animal Airlines: How to Transport a Pet Internationally

Many people say that their pets are like family. But how many really mean it? 

If you moved across the world, would it even be a question that your pet would be coming with you?

For some of us, the answer is an emphatic no. It wouldn’t even cross our minds to leave our beloved companion behind. 

However, figuring out how to transport a pet internationally can be tricky. You need to keep your pet’s safety in mind while also adhering to the airline’s rules and policies.

If you’re moving somewhere that’s most easily accessible by plane, then having your furry friend fly with someone in the cabin is the best option.

Your pet will always be with someone, so you’ll always know they’re safe. And your pet will be calmer and happier if they’re not alone.

Because of the many rules and regulations surrounding international pet transportation, it’s best to consult an expert before your departure. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about traveling with your animal companion.

Flying with Pets 101

Each airline has different policies about flying with pets. So before you even book your tickets, you need to do some research.

Some airlines have age restrictions, such as requiring that your pet is at least 10 to 15 weeks old in order to fly in the cabin internationally. Be aware of any age-related policies so that you can time your trip accordingly.

Similarly, some flights will only allow certain breeds to travel internationally. Make sure you are booking with an airline that can accommodate your pet.

It may also be a good idea to get a certificate of health from your veterinarian before flying. Make sure to do this within a few weeks of your departure so the airline can see that the certification is recent.

You should also consider the import laws of the place to which you’re moving. Some have different rules about vaccinations and quarantining animals before you’re allowed to take them to your new home.

Finally, try to get your pet comfortable in advance. Choose the right type of crate or carrier to maximize their comfort while still abiding by the airline’s rules.

Introduce your pet to the carrier well in advance of the flight. Encourage them to spend some time in there by stocking it with treats and toys. This will allow them to get used to being in the carrier, so there’s no issues on the day of your flight. 

With careful research, you can avoid being caught off guard at the airport and potentially being separated from your pet. Unexpected delays or separations can cause anxiety in some animals, which can affect their health.

How to Transport a Pet With a Private Service

Even when you try to prepare for every scenario, it’s possible to miss something. That’s why we recommend consulting an expert before taking a flight with your furry friend. 

At Blue Collar Pet Transport, we have the experience and know-how to plan for every last contingency to ensure your pet’s safe and smooth travel.

Booking a private pet transport is especially useful if you have multiple pets that you need to move, or if your animal has a strict daily routine and may experience anxiety. It’s also a good choice if your pet has specific medical needs that may come up during a long flight.

BCPT only hires experienced animal handlers, so that we can ensure your pet is given the highest possible level of care. 

Benefits of Pet Transport Services

Blue Collar Pet Transport already has the repository of knowledge needed to navigate any airline to any destination. All of the rules and regulations will be handled, and we’ll help you book the flight that is best suited to yours and your companion’s needs.

BCPT conducts thorough screenings and background checks of all its animal handlers. We provide door-to-door pick-up and drop-off so that you know your pet is safe during every moment of the journey.

With BCPT, you’ll never need to worry about whether to ship your pet in cargo. We know it’s much safer for animals to travel with a human escort in the cabin.

Additionally, our handlers provide personalized and luxury care to each animal we accompany. This is especially helpful if your pet has special needs.

It can be difficult to care for a pet with needs such as a physical disability, strict medication schedule, incontinence, or other issue on an international flight. All pets deserve the best, so we don’t discriminate by breed or disability. 

Our experienced handlers have seen it all and have most likely transported a pet with a similar issue in the past. When you entrust your pet to BCPT, you can rest assured they are receiving the highest quality care possible.

The safety and comfort of your pet are our highest priorities. And we know how important they are to you as well. That’s why our handlers provide updates to each pet’s human as often as possible. If we can’t on the plane, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible at the airport.

Learn More About How We Can Help Your Pet

International pet transport is tricky and fraught with issues. At Blue Collar Pet Transport, we’re not just experts in our field – we’re also animal lovers who are only satisfied when your pet has the best possible travel experience.

If you need to transport a pet internationally, visit our website to learn more about the logistics and process of doing so. We’re committed to providing the best service for each and every pet, so whatever your situation, we’ll work with you. 

We hope you’ll reach out to us with any questions about air pet transport. We wish you and your furry one safe and happy travels.

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