Traveling with a pet by plane has become increasingly common, mainly because pets have become part of Brazilian families.
The country has the second largest population of dogs and cats in the world, and this growth has been reflected in the increase in pet-friendly restaurants and hotels, as well as in places and destinations prepared to receive them in the best way.
So, if you want to know the reasons to take your pet on your next trip, keep reading this article that a PETFriendly Turismo prepared.
Why travel with a pet by plane?
In the 1990s and early 2000s, anyone who had a dog or a cat was divided when traveling.
In addition to having to leave the pet at home for many days, it was still necessary to find someone reliable to take care of them.
But in recent years, the number of people who have adopted animals as family members has grown.
For this reason, many places and establishments have become pet-friendly, that is, they offer a structure to receive their customers’ pets.
This way, even though traveling with a pet by plane is something that requires a lot of planning, it is the fastest and safest way to take them to other countries, whether for tourism or even when moving to another country.
After all, sometimes the dog or cat goes in the cabin with its owner.
When traveling with a pet by plane?
Any trip can be a good opportunity to bring your pets, however some situations are more recommended than others. Here are some situations in which it is possible to take pets:
Whether to the beach, to the neighboring state or even to the snow, traveling with a pet by plane is an amazing experience.
After all, it allows the tutor to spend more time with his pet and still discover new places at the same time.
In many cities around the world you can easily find water pots in front of shops and restaurants, as well as establishments and parks where dogs and cats are well accepted.
Among the most pet-friendly countries in the world are:
Change of state or country
This is another situation indicated for traveling with a pet by plane.
The change of environment alone is reason enough to cause stress and even animal depression.
And if it takes a long time, like a car or bus trip, the experience can be even more traumatic.
Brazil is a very big country when it comes to territorial extension, so going from one capital to another can take about 10 hours at least.
In addition, this type of trip can be even longer, depending on the condition of the roads.
Therefore, it is more recommended to take the dog or cat by plane as it is a faster option.
In some cases, the pet still goes close to its owner, in the cabin of the aircraft.
Emotional Support Animal
Another reason to travel with a pet by plane is when pets, in addition to being family members, also help to control psychiatric illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
In these cases, it is essential that the person who needs this therapeutic treatment always travels with their emotional support animal.
Thus, they have the right to be with their guardian at all times on the flight.
Countries like Mexico and Colombia have legislation for dogs and assistance cats, and therefore they travel free of charge.
But in Brazil they are subject to general rules because there is no specific law.
How to prepare to travel with a pet by plane?
First, it is important to research what are the requirements of the destination country regarding the landing of the pet and the breed.
Many places require microchipping, quarantine and special exams, in addition to documents.
Then, check with the airline what the limit of animals in the cabin or in the hold is allowed on each flight.
Knowing the dimensions of the shipping box and the amount charged for the service is also necessary.
Most companies stipulate that animals weighing more than 8-10kg (along with the kennel) travel in the aircraft hold.
In this sense, check everything before buying the ticket and don’t forget to let the company know that you will be traveling with a pet by plane.
Microchip and Documentation
The next step is to implant the microchip, which is mandatory in some countries.
Most also require the application of the rabies vaccine 30 days in advance, if the pet has not yet been vaccinated.
For Europe and Japan, it is mandatory to present a serology , to check if the pet has rabies antibodies.
Next, it is necessary to request the International Zoosanitary Certificate (CZI) from the Surveillance International Agriculture (VIGIAGRO), from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.
This document is valid for ten days and is essential for international travel.
Finally, to travel with a pet by plane, it is necessary for a veterinarian to certify the health conditions of the pet and issue a certificate.
Therefore, it is advisable to start planning a trip with a pet by plane at least six months in advance. This way, the tutor will have more time to organize all the necessary documentation.
In addition, you will be able to search for hotels and places that have a great structure to receive your four-legged best friend calmly.
PETFriendly Turismo has acomplete guide on how to travel with a dog by plane.
In the same way, the company also offers support and advice for those who want to take their pet to another country, but do not have time to plan all the details.
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