Last month we shared tips on travelling with kids. But we didn’t forget your furry, four-legged babies; these pointers will ensure that you don’t have to leave home without your precious pets anymore
Top tips that all pet owners should know when globe-trotting with their fur-babies, to ensure comfort and safety
Our fur babies often get left behind when we’re travelling and it just breaks our hearts when there’s an empty space where four paws and a furry tail should be. Worry no more though, because Nivat Chantarachoti, general manager (for Malaysia and Brunei) of Thai Airways has some tips and advice for you and your beloved furbaby’s next adventure.
Do I need travel documents for my furry companion?
Proper travel documents are required when travelling with pets. Firstly, you will have to inform the airline at the time of making your reservation, that you will be flying with a pet. The airline will need to know the breed, weight (including kennel/crate), and dimension of the kennel or crate. Moreover, proper travel documents such as a pet passport (to prove ownership), import/ export permit, health certificate, acclimatisation certificate (for travel to cold destinations), and a vaccination certificate will be required by the authorities. It is advisable to double check with the local authorities at the origin and destination before the date of travel.
Will my furry friend be quarantined? For how long?
Your pet will have to be quarantined when travelling from countries with ‘potential rabies’ to any ‘rabies-free’ country. The quarantine period depends on the regulation of the country of destination. You will also have to be aware of the local quarantine regulation of the transit country, if your pet has a stop-over connection of more than two hours.
Is it safe for my fur baby to travel?
Some airlines, like Thai Airways International is a ‘pet-friendly’ airline—thai Cargo has won numerous awards and recognition, including ISO 9001 certification. Thus all live animals are handled with extra care on board the flight. It is perfectly safe for pets to travel by air, just as it is for us. Rest assured your pet will arrive safely at your final destination with the ‘Thai Care’ service.
Where will my furry companion be placed during the flight?
During the flight, pets are safely kept in the pressure-regulated and temperature-controlled cargo compartment in the bulk section of the aircraft. To ensure smooth handling, our ground handling staff at the origin and destination will be made aware that a pet will be transported on the flight. The ground controller will inform the captain about the loading position once your pet is boarded—which would be recorded in the flight manifesto as well.
Can I have my fur baby by my side during the flight?
Unfortunately, due to regulations,s, (with the exception of seeing-eye ye dogs) pets are not permitted in the cabin of commercial flights. The reason most airlines no longerger permit this is due to space limitations ations and safety. Nowadays, the leg-room under most airline seats housess the control box of the in-flight entertainment tainment system; thus reducing the storage age space under the seat for your pet.
What should I bring to make my pet’s flight easier?
It is advisable to have your veterinarian certify that your pet is healthy enough to travel and is free of diseases communicable to humans. You may want to pad the kennel with a warm blanket to keep your pet warm during the long flight. Some veterinarians would recommend sedating the animal during long flights, but we would not recommend this as the effects of tranquillisers on animals are unpredictable at higher altitudes. Instead, we would recommend an all-natural pet calmer to help relax your pet, as this does not affect the breathing of the animal when administered according to directions.
What about my furry friend’s meals?
It is recommended that you feed your pet with a light meal and water, two or three hours before departure; also walk your dog just before you check-in. During the flight, your pet will not be given any food or water, so it is advisable to have a water dripping bottle with dry pet food in the kennel.
All hands on deck and paws below. Thai Airways is ready to transport you and your furry friend to new adventures! ALL ABOARD!
PAWS FOR THOUGHT Every year many pets are abandoned or left behind simply because their owners can’t be bothered with the hassle to transport them to wherever their new home will be