A fur baby is one of the most important things to you. Their comfort and happiness sometimes outweighing your own. So how do you keep your furry friend happy, calm, and safe when deciding to fly? Here are some tips for a safer and more stress-free flight for you and your pets.
• Check with your vet before flying. Traveling with a pet can be stressful. If your fur baby is prone to anxiety, flying may be scary. There are also physical traits that can make flying potentially dangerous for animals with short snouts. Check with your vet before making flight plans to ensure your little buddy stays safe.
• Many airlines require proof of up-to-date vaccinations and immunizations. Be prepared with this information when traveling, so you don’t get caught in a stressful situation. You might also consider getting your pet microchipped in the event they get lost on your travels. There are also veterinarian-approved sedation options for very high-anxiety pets.
• Check with your airline. While the Springfield-Branson Airport loves its furry passengers, the rules and regulations regarding pet travel are directed by each individual airline. Before booking your flight, be sure to check out the rules regarding pets on your airline’s website.
• Plan for your pet’s Comfort. Flying can be stressful, but there are steps you can take to ensure your furry friend is comfy and cozy. Per most airline specifications, and recommendations from veterinarians, your pet should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in the kennel. Include a favorite toy or blanket to make them feel more at home. A soft, absorbent bedding can not only ensure your pet is comfortable, it can address potential accidents.
• Practice. If your animal has never been in a kennel, buy your travel kennel a few weeks in advance so they can adjust. Include the same toys and bedding you’ll use during the flight to help ease anxiety and make the transition easier.
• Day-of routine. It’s time to make your way to the airport. Have your schedule timed out and know as much information as you can about how the airport will host your pet. The Springfield-Branson Airport provides a gated, grassy area in front of the terminal for pets to use before boarding. It’s stocked with waste bags and a trash receptacle. Check out more info on our customer service page.
The bottom line: being well prepared will make your trip go more smoothly.