On Board with Your Pet

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ASPCA, Companion Animal Services

The ASPCA recommends careful planning when your pet will be flying in an airplane’s passenger cabin with you.

  • On Board with Your Pet

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    Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a check-up prior to travel.

  • Make sure you have the necessary documentation; i.e. health certificates, international permits.
  • You must make a reservation for your pet! Most airlines limit the number of animals allowed per cabin.
  • For your pet’s safety and the safety of the passengers, make sure the crate is secure under the seat in front of you.
  • Make sure the crate is big enough for your pet to be comfortable.
  • Line the bottom of the crate with a towel to absorb any accidents.
  • Exercise the animal prior to putting him or her in the crate.
  • Let the person sitting next to you know that you have a pet. (They may be allergic and want to switch seats with someone else.)
  • For your pet’s safety and the safety of the passengers, make sure the crate is secure under the seat in front of you.
  • DO NOT take the pet out of the carrier. This is FAA law.
  • Bring food and water for the pet for long trips, and offer only after the airline food service is over.
  • Please respect fellow passengers.
  • Tranquilization is not recommended.
  • For a list of safety tips when your pet flies in the cargo hold, request our Air Travel Tips flyer.

    Wishing your pet a safe and comfortable journey!


    Courtesy of ASPCA National Shelter Outreach
    424 E. 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128
    212-876-77OO

    http://www.aspca.org

    ASPCA National Shelter Outreach
    © 2000 ASPCA

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