Pet Travel - Tips, Facts, and Scam Information-- For You and Your Pet
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Many injuries, deaths, and escapes can be attributed to either the pet trying to escape the kennel and as a result hurting its paws and/or gums, or due to actual escape. Escapes can happen from a variety of causes. For example, a dog can chew its way out of the kennel if it can get its upper and lower teeth between slits or holes in the plastic sufficient enough to apply force; dogs and cats may be able to push the door open or partially open and escape; the kennel lock is broken or not properly latched; or the kennel itself is not properly assembled.
For further information on the types of injuries of transported pets, please visit the Department of Transportation consumer report page. This reports records Airline incidents on the "Loss, Injury or Death of Animals During Air Transportation."
Tips on Selecting a Travel Container for your pet:
Acclimate your pet:
Be sure to "acclimate" your pet to the kennel it will be traveling in. Let it spend varying lengths of time in the kennel several days before travel so that it is familiar with it. Some pets are stressed severely by being placed in a strange cage. Also, you may wish to put some article of clothing that you have worn into the kennel during transportation. This may help calm the pet. An old T-shirt that you have slept in for one or more nights will work well.
Sedation of your pet is not generally recommended for air travel. The pets safety is at risk. Please refer to a statement from the American Veterinary Medial Association (AVMA)
Always check with the destination a month or more in advance of your trip. Each country has their own set of rules, some simple, some complex, and some require quarantine. Please visit the International Animal Export Regulations website to learn more.
Also check with one of our APHIS State offices for more information and/or to have health certificates "officially" endorsed (some countries require government endorsement). You can find your state office here: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/
Many Animal Welfare Organizations offer useful information on pet travel on their websites. It is easy to find these organizations through a web search on such words as "pet travel" or "travel with my pet."