Bringing Your Beloved Pet With You Aboard The Private Jet

Posted by on 21/01/2015

Granted, being a well-loved pet is quite the gig; not only does your life revolve around playing, eating, cuddling and sleeping, but you also don’t have to worry about work and finances. In the event that you love your pet that much that you can’t bear being away from it even for one day, then you should probably know that private jets allow you to take your furry friend with you on vacation.

Unlike commercial airlines, private charters services understand that your pet is part of the family. This is why they are bound to go overboard to make sure that your cat or dog – or genet - is treated accordingly. From providing you with the most comfortable aircraft for pets to scheduling rest stops and placing toys on board for your furry friend to discover, a private jet will spare you the horror of having to see your four-legged companion stuck in a cage and treated as a piece of luggage.

Preparing your pet for the flight

To ensure that both you and your pet have a safe, comfortable and enjoyable flight, it’s critical that you schedule a vet appointment before the trip. The veterinarian will perform a check-up that includes a general examination to establish if the pet can fly safely. Ideally, the check-up should be performed 10 days prior to the flight. Keep in mind that the vet can also release a signed document that attests your pet’s health and vaccination, which is mandatory in many locations.

In addition, the vet can tell you whether the luxury food or treatments your pet will indulge itself in are potentially harmful. Speaking of food, it is recommended to refrain from feeding your pet too much before the takeoff in order to avoid having it throw up aboard due to travel sickness or anxiety. In case you’re travelling to a location where your four-legged friend will interact with other animals, then it’s imperious to make sure it gets the necessary vaccinations.

Moreover, to prevent unpleasant situations, it would be wise to ensure that the ID tag is up to date and secured on its collar. In case your dog decides to wander off while you’re on vacation, the ID tag acts as a safety net that increases your chances of finding it or having it returned to you safely. Lastly, since travelling by air is a rather stressful experience for your pet, don’t forget to pack a few of its favourite toys to remind it of home.

To summarize, you should make sure the following items aren't missing from your pet’s suitcase:

•    Heath certificate

•    Medical records

•    Brush, comb and external anti-parasite products

•    An updated ID tag

•    Leash and poop bags

•    Special medication that your pet is currently taking

•    Stain removers and paper towels

•    Enough food and treats for the entire trip

What if your pet is too anxious?

In case you’re overall anxious regarding travelling, your pet will pick up on it and experience this feeling ten times worse, despite the fact that it will be aboard with you and your family at all times. To help make the flight experience smoother for your furry companion, you should consider giving it a tranquilizer. It is important to note that while sedatives like Valium do the trick for humans, they’re contraindicated for animals in general. Therefore, don’t even think about giving it medication from your own prescription sedatives.

The best approach in this case is to ask your veterinarian for a prescription when you visit him/her for the pre-flight examination. The vet will also be able to inform you regarding whether your pet should take a sedative in the first place. In case you didn’t know the American Humane Association recommends skipping tranquilizers for pets when travelling by air.  Sometimes, sedated animals experience trouble breathing at higher altitudes, an issue that is prevalent for short-faced dogs and cats that suffer from respiratory conditions.

Make sure your destination is pet-friendly

While the private charter service understands that your cat or dog is a family member, this doesn’t automatically mean that the hotel you’re checking into has a pet-friendly policy. In fact, unless your pet is a helper animal or seeing-eye dog, you may find out that your pet is not welcome to stay with you. Ideally, you should verify this information way in advance and make this a part of your trip planning.

At the same time, it is highly advisable to call your country’s embassy and find out the details on the nation’s pet quarantine policy. In spite of the fact that your vet gave you a signed document that clearly shows your four-legged companion is healthy, don’t forget that animals living in different parts of the world may carry various diseases for which others haven’t developed immunity. Exposing an animal to a disease like this could lead to a deadly outbreak; that is essentially why so many countries have implemented the quarantine policy.