There are many things that a pet face when traveling by air, two of which are the most worrisome to their physical and mental heath—temperature and shock to the crate. There are a few key things that can be done to safeguard your pet before flying:
Avoid connecting flights: Look for the shortest total flight time and choose a direct route whenever possible. The longer your pet is exposed to the elements or moved from plane to plane, the higher the risk of something happening.
Avoid peak summer or winter flights: Harsh temperatures can be extremely tough on an animal, and can cause injury or death. It’s a good idea to avoid travel when temperatures exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit or goes below 45 degrees.
Ensure your pet is healthy enough to fly: Do not allow pets of extremely young or old age fly. They may not be mentally strong enough to handle the rigors of flight. Also avoid any breed that may have a history of heart conditions.
Use technology to monitor your pet: While secret cameras are nice, an environmental sensor and web application are best. Sensors such as this new technology from BagSentry will monitor the temperature, shock light and pressure events that your pet experiences before, during and after take off and landing.