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“Musts” and tips for transporting pets by passenger plane

Transporting pets requires fulfilling of certain rules. In order to travel with your pets, you need to be aware of these rules in time, for the reason that they differ depending on the airline. This means that you need to inquire in time about the conditions offered by the airline. Since the number of pets on the plane per flight is limited, you should announce the trip as early as possible. Most airlines allow transportation under certain conditions.

Only certain animals, dogs and cats can be transported, with vaccination certificates and documents, as with the stretchers and cages; appropriate, clean and up to a certain size and age.

It takes 4 months to issue a passport and determine the level of antibody titer. This means that all pets that are older than 90 days must be vaccinated against the rabies virus, which is a zoonosis and other infectious diseases.

On this occasion, a pet passport was obtained, which is a necessary document. However, in addition to the passport, confirmation of the level of antibody titer to the rabies virus is required. 30 days after vaccination and chipping, the pet’s blood is drawn and the serum is sent for testing. Within 15 days, the authorized animal laboratory determines the number of antibodies and sends the data to the veterinary inspection. The Veterinary Inspection issues a certificate within 90 days. At the same time, a certificate of the animal’s health was obtained.

Since some of the countries also require a certificate of deworming, for complete safety on the plane, it is another obligation that must be inquired about before flying, after the pet has all the necessary documentation needed to fly to another state. In addition to all the necessary documentation and health certificates, adequate preparation for the flight is also necessary. Animals have far greater stimuli than humans and react differently during flight. Some calm down , some are loud, breathe rapidly, due to increased stress. All of this can be very uncomfortable, All of this can be very uncomfortable, first for you and your pet, and also for other passengers on the plane. In order to avoid these unpleasant situations, stress and anxiety caused by travel, loud sounds, as well as coming to a new environment, it is necessary to moderately sedate the animal just before the flight. It is also advisable to reduce the dose of the meal 8h to 12h before the flight. If necessary, antiemetic-based anti-nausea agents may be given.

These “musts” and tips exist for the reason that they provide your pet with safe and comfortable transportation by plane. With all the measures, you will be able to travel peacefully and you will not have to leave your pets at home, if you are planning a vacation or other. We hope our site will help you with the information you need.

 Dr. vet. med. Uros Vasiljevic

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