Practical information: traveling by plane with a pet in the hold

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When booking your trip, or purchasing your ticket, remember to tell your airline or travel agency that you will be traveling with your pet. Some companies limit the number of animals allowed on a flight, even in the hold, for reasons of space.

Your pet’s passport must be up to date, don’t forget to bring it with you. If your animal is particularly fearful, nervous, or sensitive to motion sickness, consult your veterinarian who will prescribe, if necessary, a suitable sedative. There hold of an airliner is a ventilated, pressurized and heated place. Your pet’s cage will be held there so that it remains stable.

Which transport cage to use on a plane?
For your pet’s comfort during travel, the transport cage must be ventilated and allow your pet to turn around. However, it should not be too large so that your animal does not get hurt when handling the cage. It must be approved and resistant to falls. It must also have iron closures.

Furthermore, we advise you to reinforce all the corners of the cage so that the grid does not separate from the cage. To do this, you can use brown tape and “colson” type ties, available in all DIY stores. Padlocks are prohibited for security reasons. Indicate inside the cage the name of your animal, its tattoo number, your name, your telephone number and your destination address.

Brachycephalic (flat-nosed) dogs and cats
Airlines prohibit or very restrictively regulate the travel of certain breeds of brachycephalic dogs and cats, in the hold or in the cabin, due to their breathing difficulties and their sensitivity to stress. It is advisable to check with the air carrier to find out if they will accept your pet.

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