Because each airline has different pet policies, it's vital to check with your airline well in advance of your trip to understand their policies.
The carrier should be large enough to allow your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. It should also be well-ventilated and secure.
Introduce your pet to the carrier ahead of time so they can become accustomed to it and feel at ease within.
Check that your pet is up to date on all vaccines and is in good enough health to fly. Obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian to present to the airline.
Some airlines may ban pet travel due to temperature and weather conditions. It is critical to consult with the airline ahead of time and avoid flying with your pet during bad weather.
Allow extra time to check in and complete any essential papers at the airport.
A few hours before the flight, give your pet a small meal and lots of water. Feed them sparingly and not too near to flight time.
Write your pet's name, your name, and contact information on the carrier in case it becomes separated from you.
Your pet carrier will need to go through security screening, so plan on taking your pet out of the carrier and carrying them through the metal detector.
During the flight, keep your pet's carrier under your seat and make sure they have access to water. Check-in on them on a regular basis to ensure they are comfortable and not in discomfort.