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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. 

Learn More About How We Can Help Your Pet

If you’re considering private pet transport services, we invite you to contact us today. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have and provide you with the necessary information to make an informed decision. Your pet’s well-being is our top priority, and we’re committed to providing a seamless and stress-free travel experience.

Contact us today to learn more about our private pet transport services and how we can assist you in transporting your beloved companion safely and comfortably.

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