Arriving in new locales can feel glamorous and exciting, but let’s face it, getting there is rarely half the fun.Even on domestic flights, airport lines, security checks, airplane air and noise, and delayed connections are stressful enough for people.Consider worst-case scenarios, such as your dog getting lost en route, and be sure you know all of the airline’s requirements for your traveling dog.Here at Pet Relocation, we are constantly asked about sedation or the use of tranquilizers when flying our customers' pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), sedating cats or dogs during air travel may increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems.When you return home, your veterinarian may recommend a follow-up examination to make sure that your pet did not pick up any diseases or parasites while traveling.
However, before we get into the Q&A, I want to say upfront that the best advice about dog air travel is -- don't ship your pet in cargo unless it is absolutely unavoidable.
Both of these certificates can only be completed and signed by a federally accredited veterinarian.
If your veterinarian is not federally accredited, you will need to find an accredited veterinarian in your area, by contacting your USDA Area Office.
If you decide to transport your dog or cat by air, there are some points to check for compliance with applicable laws, and to assure the safest and most comfortable trip for your pet.
Animals traveling internationally should have a pet microchip that meets ISO standards 11784/11785.