At Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group, we know that traveling with your pet can be a joyous experience, but it can also be quite challenging, due to all the requirements! To ensure your pet’s health and safety, their travels require extensive planning and preparation. Our team has experience assisting pet owners with both domestic and international pet travel, and our USDA-accredited doctors are qualified to issue pet health certificates.
See below for important information about domestic and international pet travel.
Domestic Pet Travel
There are many things to consider before you and your pet board your domestic flight, in order to ensure your pet’s health, safety, and eligibility for air travel.
To start, it is recommended that your pet have a current health certificate and history of vaccinations. You also need to consider the fact that different airlines may have different requirements and regulations regarding pet travel. Take time to review your airline’s requirements and make sure you are able to meet them.
Key considerations include:
- Health documents: This includes your pet health certificate, vaccinations for rabies and other diseases, etc.
- Your pet’s size: Can they accompany you in the cabin, or will they need to travel in the cargo area?
- Pet carrier: Does your pet carrier meet the airline’s requirements based on size, materials, labeling, and bedding?
- Temperature: Transporting your pet in the cargo area might be restricted depending on the expected temperature of the cargo hold at arrival and departure.
- Fees: Your airline might charge handling fees for your pet.
- Security screening/check-in: Anticipate extra time or requirements may be needed for you to check in your pet.