Travelling with pets can be a risky venture. There are a lot of factors to consider to ensure their safety and comfort. Poor planning can easily turn a fun vacation sour. So before you decide to bring along your furry companion, read through the list of recommendations below:
- Set up an appointment with the vet. It is important to check the health of your pet before any long trip to ensure that it is fit to travel. Health certificates may also be required when taking your pet on an airplane or when visiting another country, including the United States so have a certificate prepared just in case.
- Have a pet carrier ready. Pet carriers must be large enough for the animal to comfortably lie down, sit up, and turn around in its natural position. The carrier should also be secure so animals cannot escape or be injured.
- Watch the weather. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise and fall very quickly. If you must leave your pet in a vehicle for a short period of time in hot weather, have fresh water ready and leave windows open a little on either side of the vehicle to create a nice cross-breeze.
- Provide food, water, and rest. If you are planning on taking your pet on a long trip, make sure your pet has enough food and water and make regular stops so it can rest or get out and walk around.
- Contact the airline. It is recommended that you contact the airline well in advance to let them know you will be bringing your pet and to find out if you need to do anything before arriving at the airport. Certain flights also do not accept pets on flights, so make sure to do your research.
- Take responsibility for your pet’s behaviour. During the screening method, remove your pet from its carrying case and send it through the screening equipment. After, hold your pet in your arms and proceed through the metal detector. Remember that it is your responsibility to warrant your pet’s safety and behaviour throughout this whole process.
Other things to consider:
- Only cats, dogs, and small rodents are allowed aboard VIA trains. Service charges for transporting animals range between $30 and $50 per train, and will not exceed the cost of a regular adult ticket fare.
- If you decide to fly with your pets, the service charges can range between $50 and $150 per direction, based on itinerary.
To learn more, visit: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/air/pets