2016-05-13 / Pets

Too hot to fly

If you're traveling with your pet this summer and plan to fly to your destination, make sure you familiarize yourself with the airline’s pet embargo policy before you book your flight.

During the summer, many airlines don’t allow pets aboard flights—as checked baggage or as cargo—when temperatures are high. Airline pet travel embargoes (stoppages) are in the best interest of your pet and play a vital role in ensuring his safety.

Not only is air travel stressful for your pet, but it can also pose serious health risks. Being confined in a carrier for long periods of time during the hottest months of the year is potentially dangerous for your pet and may lead to dehydration and heatstroke.

According to the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), embargoes protect pets from exposure to extreme heat while they're in the holding areas and terminal facilities, while moving them between terminals and aircraft, or while they're on an aircraft awaiting departure.

Since airlines impose embargoes to ensure your pet’s safety, there are no exceptions.

Check with your airline for its policy before attempting to fly your furry friend. www.tripswithpets.com

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