Sedating a pet

The hold is usually located under the main cabin or at the front or rear of some aircraft.

The area is pressurised, just like the cabin, and most pets sleep comfortably during the trip.

Make sure there is plenty of room for your pet to stand up fully and lie down inside.

Containers come in various shapes, sizes and styles and include secured drinking cups so your pet can stay hydrated during the journey.

Some containers are already fitted with protective kennel mats which can absorb liquids and odours, but you may have to purchase this item separately.

Seasoned pet travel pros recommend taking some wet wipes to clean the container (and your pooch or puss) at their destination.Taking your pet on a few short drives in the container may also help them become used to travelling in it.After you check your pet in (at least 90- to 120-minutes prior to departure), they will be taken to the freight/cargo area.Make sure to label your pet's carrier with your name, contact details, destination details, and attach a bag of food and feeding details for ground staff upon arrival.The process to send pets internationally can be a complex and arduous one and should be started well in advance of travel – sometimes at least six months beforehand.The vet will assess your pet’s health and make sure their vaccinations, worming and flea and tick treatments are up-to-date.

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