Travel In­sider

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

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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

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