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When your pet travels, the kennel should - Clearly display your name and address - Use arrows or other marking to indicate the top of the kennel - Include food and water dishes (both empty), which are secured inside the kennel and accessible from outside - Show a food and water schedule and, if any food is necessary, include an ample supply in a bag attached to the outside of the kennel - Contain no more than one adult dog (or puppy between eight weeks and six months old that weighs more than 20 lbs.) or one cat per kennel.

(Two puppies or kittens that are between the ages of eight weeks and six months old and under 20 lbs.

Since an airline cannot transport a pet that is violent or dangerous, important considerations for acceptance of pets include the pet’s health and disposition.

A health certificate will help to address any concerns.

At the time of travel, be aware that most airlines do not permit pet toys in the kennel during transport in the cargo hold.

Please keep in mind that not all airlines accept pets for travel, either in the cabin or cargo bin.

Those carriers that do accept pets for travel have their own pet transportation policy.

Many airline cargo departments employ pet transportation specialists who can assist you with answers to questions. Your pet should be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned before traveling by air. Morning or evening flights are preferable during the summer.

These methods are safe and humane ways to transport your pet. In the cargo system, it is possible to reserve space on a specific flight by paying for either priority or special expedited delivery service. Check with a veterinarian to be sure that your pet is fit to travel.

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