Would you like to travel with your dog? Read on!
Published on Monday, 09 March 2020
What a great experience it will be if your furry family member can join you at Scandinavia – to see the Northern Lights and stay in an igloo; a road trip around New Zealand in a caravan; and to go island-hopping in Santorini, Greece and to bask on its beaches?
Times are changing and the travel explosion of the last decade has expanded to include pets as well; a quick search online shows several local pet relocation services that also assist with pet holidays.
A look at some of the most pet-friendly airlines departing from Singapore
Flying to destinations like Japan which allow pets to arrive in the cabin also mean that owners can keep an eye on the safety and wellbeing of their pets throughout the journey. On these flights, the dog is kept in a carrier under the seat during take-off and landing. While the airplane is cruising, you can keep your furry friend on your lap. *wow*
Japan—and its many cities like Tokyo and Kyoto—proves an easy destination for the first-time pet traveller, since pets can be transported in the cabin rather than through the cargo hold.
Lauded as one of the best airlines in the world, it shouldn’t be surprising that Singapore Airlines has a superbly well thought-out program for travellers wishing to take their pets with them. Cats and dogs older than 10 weeks old, and which weighs less than 32kg together with its container, can travel in the cabin, whereas those more than 32kg travel in cargo. but if your pet and its container weigh more than 32kg, your pet will have to travel in cargo, where arrangements can be made to ensure the comfort and security of your furry friend. Service dogs accompanying passengers with disabilities, alongside those that perform a psychiatric function as prescibed for those in need of emotional support, are allowed to be travel with their owners in the cabin. Do note that this, however, is dependent on the regulations of your arrival destination: some countries do not allow dogs in the cabin. You should also ensure that you have the dog’s documentation on a letter-headed paper of a licensed health professional/institution. Service dogs are classified as unchecked baggage, so the airline will carry it free of charge. For more information, including a detailed checklist of documents required, visit their website.
Fully-vaccinated cats and dogs more than 10 weeks old and weighing no more than 8 kg / 17 lb (including the weight of its container) are allowed to travel in the cabin with prior approval. Air France is also one of the few airlines that still allows snub-nosed animals – such as pugs, bulldogs, boxers, Shih Tzu or Persian cats, which are prone to respiratory problems – to travel in the cabin. Owners should seek advice from the vet prior to understand the risks involved. For the convenience for their passengers, Air France also sells travel bags for transporting your pet in the cabin or in the hold, available on the Air France Shopping website. These, however, are only available for delivery to a select list of countries, which does not include Singapore. Also note that, for safety reasons, pets can only travel in the hold in the Business cabin on intercontinental flights.
Swiss International Air
Lines Dogs and cats weighing up to 8 kg (weight including transport container) and larger service dogs are allowed in the cabin, as long as they are transported in a soft container tht allows enough space for the animal to remain comfortable in it throughout the journey. Dogs and cats, and even hares and rabbits, weighing more than 8 kg (weight including transport container) will have to travel in the hold. But being an airline highly experienced in tranporting animals – some 4,000 animals are transported around the world via Swiss WorldCargo each year – they know just how to create the optimal condition for the safety and security of your beloved pet.
Take notes if you would like to bring your pet on a holiday overseas!
Keep Calm and Travel
• While there aren’t any agencies dedicated to pet holidays, owners can approach pet relocation service providers for holiday assistance as well. Be prepared to fork out a hefty sum for such services. But if you can afford them, these services can make pet holidays a breeze.
• Avoid feeding your pet before a flight—this prevents undesirable “bathroom” scenarios on-board.
• Jet lag is as real for pets as it is for humans. Avoid strenuous activities for the first few days of a holiday and let your pet acclimatise to his/her new surroundings and time zone.
• Having an obedient pet helps. Pet-friendly as some places may be, they are still generally hostile towards animals that misbehave, either by running around or making too much noise.
What to bring on a holiday trip for your furry one?
• Weather-appropriate clothing: for dogs used to Singapore’s tropical heat and humidity, a snowy winter holiday can be a period of hell. Make sure your dog has appropriate winter wear, including boots, jacket and maybe even a scarf.
• Food: Buy food from local supermarkets but there’s a chance that your dog might prefer whatever he/she eats at home, so prepare in advance. For instance, some dogs may enjoys home-cooked food, so owners can choose to pick hotel rooms with kitchenettes where they can whip up simple meals for their dog.
• Blanket: A familiar blanket can help pets get used to the strange new smells and sights of a foreign land.
These information was extracted from pets magazine #79 issue