Laura McKenzie's Pet Travel Tips
1. Check with your airline to see if they require a Veterinary Health Certificate, which must be provided by a licensed Veterinarian.
2. Bring a photo of you holding your pet in case the pet is lost and you have to provide proof of ownership.
3. You can organize the photo and any of your pet's health records in Petsmart's "My Dog's Health and I.D. Records Passport." www.petsmart.com
4. To calm an anxious pet before and during travel, try a natural supplement like Pet-Ease Soft Chews by Nutri-Vet (www.petsmart.com) or use a Thundershirt (www.thundershirt.com), which wraps around your pet to give them a calm, comforting feeling.
5. If you have to feed your pet or give them water at the airport, Popware for Pets Collapsible Travel Cups are perfect. They come in two sizes, are dishwasher safe and conveniently hook onto your dog's leash. You may also want to try their Collapsible Kennel Bowl that snaps onto the inside of larger size kennels for pets traveling in cargo. www.popwareforpets.com
6. Always check with the airline to see what their regulations and size requirements are for pet kennels. Every airline is different. You'll also want to find out the rules and regulations for in-cabin pets versus pets that are traveling as cargo. The Sleepypod Air is a pet carrier that has the ability to contract in size to fit in the space below a range of airline seats. It also expands to allow your pet more room after the plane is in the air. Go to www.sleepypod.com/air for more information.
7. Southwest Airlines is a pet-friendly airline that actually sells their own pet carrier which fits under the seats of all Southwest planes. It can normally be purchased at any Southwest ticket counter, but call ahead just to be sure. www.southwest.com/pets
8. Whenever possible, take your pet to the bathroom before going into the airport. You can also pack some puppy training pads in your carry-on bag if your pet needs to relieve themselves once you're inside the airport. And, for added peace of mind, pick up a 1 ounce travel size bottle of Petsmart's Top Paw Super Deodorizing Spray just in case your pet has an accident inside their carrier. www.petsmart.com
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