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Traveling With Your Pet


This section provides information and tips about pet travel. Included is a list of books as well as a bibliography of articles that may give you helpful information about traveling with your pet. We have also provided links to general information on pet travel and to pet travel requirements from some major airlines.



The best advice for traveling with your pet is to plan ahead. Have your pet checked by a veterinarian to make sure it is in good health for traveling. Be sure to take a copy of your pet's health certificate and proof of inoculation with you - these are required by many airlines and are also necessary when traveling to a foreign country. If you are traveling out of the country, please check with your travel carrier and the consulate of the country you'll be visiting for specific requirements well in advance. Many countries have quarantine laws regarding animals. Even within the U.S., it is wise to plan ahead, for example, Hawaii also has a quarantine law regarding animals entering the Islands.

Below you will find some resources which may provide you with more specific information as well as travel tips.

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There is a great deal of information available about traveling with your pet. Below we have included a sample selection of articles from popular magazines and newspapers.

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Many travel providers have specific restrictions as well as fees for animal travel, and these requirements may vary between airlines. For example one airline may allow different types of pets, such as hamsters and rabbits, to fly as carry-on baggage while another may only allow dogs, cats, and birds. Also many airlines have restrictions as to the number of animals per aircraft, the weight and dimensions of the pet carrier, etc. These requirements are subject to change so always plan ahead and talk directly to your travel provider to make arrangements for your pet. Below you will find links covering pet travel with several major airlines.

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Last updated: 11/19/2004 VK