Traveling with your fur-baby can be a stressful time, especially if you’ve never done it before. There are so many rules and regulations that it can be hard to navigate what applies to you and what doesn’t. Not only do the policies change frequently, but they often vary from airline to airline, as well. To help mitigate some of that stress, we’ve compiled this handy guide to flying with your pet that will have you and Fido confidently boarding your plane with ease.
1.) How will your pet travel?
Your pet will be able to fly to your destination with you, but how they get there will depend on a variety of factors. If your pet is on the larger side and isn’t a service dog or an emotional support animal, chances are good they’ll wind up flying as cargo, which is where all of the luggage is stored. If your pet is small enough to fit in a carrier under your seat, then they’re invited to share your cabin space on almost all of the major airlines. If you’re traveling with an exotic animal, you’ll have a bit more difficulty finding an airline that will accept your pet. Rodents, insects, spiders, snakes, hedgehogs, etc. are prohibited on many major airlines so you may be better off leaving them home.