In our last blog, we covered the best flights for pets (shorts one), choosing the correct crate, and how to properly label it. If your animal has to be placed in cargo hold, always have a pet travel scheme in place to ensure a smooth transition before and after the flight.

If your pet is over 11 inches tall or 15 pounds, they’re likely traveling in the plane’s cargo hold during the flight. Cargo hold can be nerve racking for owners, but take comfort that millions of pets are transported this way each day with few incidents. 

To ensure a safe and healthy flight, consider flying warmer weather such as in spring or fall. In these seasons there is less extreme weather involved, and it’s overall pretty moderate — not too hot and not too cold. The danger is not when your animal is in the air, but the time they have to wait before take off.

In addition to having a USDA-approve crate you can take extra steps in keeping your pet safe. Find a crate with metal hardware so it doesn’t break during transit, and use a cable tie or crate corners to provide an extra level of security. Both of these devices help structurally hold a crate in place so your animal cannot get loose or leave the crate.

Protect your pet and ease your mind before and after your flight by scheduling Pet Taxi for your pet transportation.