Is it safe for pets to fly?
Air travel is as safe for pets as it is for people. Your pet will travel in a special cargo compartment within the aircraft. This compartment is both climates controlled and pressurized for your pet’s safety and comfort, and it is on the same air circulation system as the cabin. Many of our customers are envious that their pets are laying down comfortably on soft bedding in their crates, while the owners are confined to squeezy airline seats
We will provide strong and sturdy travel crates that provide protection during loading and unloading, and prevent your pet escaping whereas lightweight crates that some owners source from pet stores may flex during handling, enabling the door to accidentally open
If you can imagine keeping your pet in a crate in the laundry overnight, this is similar to what your pet will experience while in the pet-compartment within the aircraft.
Elderly pets and pets with medical conditions may present a higher risk, however, generally speaking, a healthy pet going onto an aircraft will be healthy when it gets off!
AKC Exquisite Cavalier King Charles Spaniel works with all major airlines and understands the restrictions imposed by each airline. This is acquired by our many years of services with other pet buyers.
What about temperature extremes
Airlines do not ship pets in extreme heat or cold, as your pet will be briefly exposed to the weather on the tarmac during loading & unloading. Once loaded onto the aircraft, your pet will enjoy temperature-controlled air-conditioning in the pet-compartment within the aircraft, and experience temperatures similar to those in the passenger cabin.
Airlines consider the temperature on the ground at the origin, destination, and any transit points along the way. Should temperatures fall outside of approved ranges at the origin, destination, or transit points, your pet may not be permitted to travel on its scheduled flight. Some locations such as Phoenix, Arizona are commonly embargoed for all pet transport during summer months. However, we ship pets to Arizona and Hawaii at a slightly different cost than other cities.
All airlines have different policies, however, most will only permit pet travel when temperatures exceed minimums (ranging between 10 deg F to 40 deg F) or are below maximum temperatures of usually around 85 deg F. Some breeds can tolerate brief exposure to temperatures outside of these ranges while they are being loaded & unloaded. For example, arctic breeds such as Huskies, Malamutes, or other long-coated breeds may not be uncomfortable during brief exposure to cooler temperatures.
Most airlines will allow pets to travel outside of standard temperature ranges if your pet has been examined by a veterinarian and certified on a “certificate of acclamation” that your pet can safely endure higher/lower temperatures for the short periods of loading & unloading and transport between the aircraft and terminal.
Should my pet be tranquilized or sedated for the trip
The American Veterinary Medical Association and International Pet & Animal Transport Association (IPATA) strongly recommend against tranquilizing your pet. Some airlines may also refuse to transport an animal that appears to be sedated. We make sure your pet undergoes the last check from a qualified Veterinarian before transportation.
Will my pet need to change planes
Whenever possible, we ship pets on non-stop flights.
If a change of plane is necessary, the airlines we chose will choose the route that minimizes travel time and provides the maximum safety and comfort for your pet. If your pet will require a long stopover/connection, we can provide a “comfort stop” where your pet will be cared for, fed, watered, and exercised while waiting for its next flight. Pets with medical conditions may require a comfort stop so that medication can be administered.
Will my pet have food and water during the journey
We will give your pet a drink of water at the airport before departure. We try not to overfill water containers because water invariably spills during transit which may make bedding wet or moist. Where possible, we may also provide frozen water, as this enables the crate to be moved without the water spilling, and your pet can take water as the ice melts during travel. Your pet is likely to be thirsty after the flight (just as you may be), so please provide a drink as soon as you can safely take the pet out of the crate. If your pet doesn’t drink when settling into its new home, you may consider adding a food flavoring to the water.
Food is not provided during the flight because it can be a choking hazard, and large amounts of food may make your pet feel uncomfortable in its crate. (what goes in will eventually want to come out….) However, we prepare two portions of your pet’s food in two separate plastic bags. We will attach these portions to the outside of the crate at departure, and they will be available.