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Airlines accept pets on a first come, first serve basis. Plan and reserve your pet's space in advance.

Most airlines require pets to be at least 8 weeks old. Only pets in good health are permitted. Any pet in a kennel too small or in obvious distress due to illness or injury may be refused travel by the airline.

Sedation is not advised since the effects of tranquilizers on animals at high altitudes are unpredictable. The decision to prescribe a tranquilizer for your pet should be made in consultation with your veterinarian.

If your dog or cat finds travel stressful, a few drops of Rescue Remedy (purchased in health food stores) in their water bowl is a natural homeopathic remedy that helps to relieve stress and anxiety in humans and animals.

Be certain that the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the persons responsible for the pet at origination and destination are clearly marked on the container and on the pet's identification tag. Label your pet's flight carrier/kennel with the same information. Add "Live Animal" in big letters and any information about any special care requirements.

Most countries (and when when traveling across US state lines) require a proof of rabies vaccination. All pets crossing US state borders, with the exception of guide dogs, are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have a valid health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of travel.

You will need to contact the airline you make arrangements for them to be included on my ticket. Most airlines stipulate that one pet per person, so you might have some trouble if you have three cats and only yourself flying - but check with your specific airline. You will have to pay an extra fee for this service.

You can find out what the specific policies and procedures are for an airline, including what pet documentation is required, by phoning the airline's reservations line and getting information from the airline's Reservation Sales Agent or Customer Service Agent. You can also look at an airline's website to get information about their policies for traveling with pets.

Note: Many airlines will not accept pets as checked bags during hot weather. Extreme heat (85F or 29C) during the summer months can put animals in a life threatening situation onboard our aircraft. Check with your specific airline.

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