Traveling by air with your pet, especially overseas, can be risky. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recommends not
by air unless it is absolutely necessary. When transporting your pet internationally, however, air travel is nearly always necessary. Below are the recommended ways for transporting both large and small pets. The section below applies to all small pets, from mice to snakes to dogs and everything in between.
Pets especially at risk are those with “pushed in” faces, such as pugs, bull dogs, and Persian cats. These animals are more prone to heat stroke than other pets, and are especially vulnerable to oxygen deprivation due to their short nasal passages. During air travel,
the best place for your pet is in the cabin. Before your flight, check with the airlines to find out the rules and regulations on pet transport.
When taking your pet through security, expect to have the carrier inspected for contraband. You can either securely harness your pet and keep it with you while its carrier is x-rayed or you can ask for a special secondary screening that will not require your pet to be removed.
Every year, many pets become lost, injured or even killed while traveling in the cargo hold. If the airlines require that the pet be transported in the cargo hold, be sure to put your name, phone number and address on the pet carrier. This will help you to locate your pet more easily if it should become lost. Also carry a current photo of your pet with you to aid the airline officials in locating your friend in the event that it inadvertently becomes lost.
Traveling with large pets is in many ways similar to traveling with small pets. Large pets are not permitted in the cabin, but must travel in the cargo hold instead. The rules above for small pets apply for large pets as well. For safe transportation of your pet, be sure to check with the airline to ensure that you are following the regulations in transporting your pet overseas.