FLYING WITH PETS AS CARGO INVOLVES RISKS

Flying with pets as cargo involves risks but if you have no other option, a good crate is indispensable
Dog waiting in its crate doesn’t look too happy at the prospect of flying as cargo

When I was doing my research I came across many experts who agree that flying with pets as cargo involves risks. In fact, no matter what your reason might be, my advice to anyone who is thinking about traveling by air with their dog or cat in the cargo hold is DON’T. The risks are too great and too many tragic stories have been told. This should definitely be your last resort if there is absolutely no other viable option available to you.

Of course, the other possible choice is for your furry friend to accompany you in the passenger cabin, but that’s something to discuss another day.

Either way, make sure you get advice from your vet as well as the airline and prepare ahead of your flight schedule.

CONSULT THE AIRLINE

Check out what I.D.s, vaccinations and other documentation is required by the airline in question for both types of airline travel.

DO THE RESEARCH  

Here are some of the variables. 

* Experience and reputation of the airline

* Time of year

* Duration of the flight

* Direct flight versus connecting flights

* Weather on the ground

THE RISK FACTORS
  • Pressure in the cargo hold is not always exactly the same as that of the cabin.
  • In the forward hold where live animals and pets are kept, temperatures during a flight can fluctuate by as much as 50 degrees despite having a heating/cooling system.
  • Extreme heat and cold while waiting on the tarmac.
  • Cargo crew mishandling, including dropping and breaking the crate, resulting in injuries, escaping and even death.
THE RISKIEST TIMES

* The waiting period before loading.

*  Layovers, when you have to wait for a connecting flight.

*  The wait time for unloading/deplaning.

TO SUM UP

Take your time and check out all possible options. Since flying with pets as cargo involves risks, please do your utmost to minimize those risks. We can point them out but, in the end, it’s up to you.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN FINED FOR DRIVING WITH A DOG ON YOUR LAP?

If you drive like this with your pets, you could get a hefty fine
In some US States you could be fined if you drive with a dog on your lap

Don’t laugh. It happens. In the USA, some states are stricter than others, but, yes, you can be fined if you allow a dog or a cat to sit on your lap when you drive.

Why is it that most drivers and passengers don’t think twice about buckling up themselves and strapping in a baby, infant, or child, yet it never occurs to them to secure their companion animals while on the move?

This Can Happen
An unrestrained pet can easily become injured. If it is allowed to move around freely it can also become a hazard for the driver and passengers in addition to other people who could become involved if an incident or accident were to occur.

If people can die because someone was texting while driving, people and pets can also just as easily die because someone turned to stroke their cat and fed their dog a treat!

SOME STATE LAWS
In Tennessee
Tennessee House Bill 212 was passed in May 2011 and became law on July 1st that year. It’s a measure that helps keep pets safe by making it a Class C misdemeanor to allow a dog to ride unrestrained in the front seat of a vehicle. It restricts the movement of pets traveling in a vehicle to the following:
* it must be held by someone either in the front passenger seat or the rear seat
or else
* it must be harnessed, crated or otherwise contained

In New Jersey
New Jersey police officers have been known to stop drivers for improperly transporting an animal and issued fines as much as $1,000 per pet. Examples of citations range from dogs hanging their head out of a window, unleashed dogs traveling in the bed of a pickup truck (deemed animal cruelty), cats resting on the dashboard, and someone driving with a bird perched on their shoulder.

In Other States
Fines are issued to motorists who drive with pets in their laps in these states:
Arizona
Connecticut
Hawaii
Illinois
Maine

DO YOU KNOW THE LAW?
Please send me a comment. I’d like to know three things…
1. Had you heard about this law before reading this?
2. Does it exist in your state?
3. If not, do you think it should because it will help to save pets’ lives?

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!