The 15 Worst Things You Can Do When Flying With Your Pet

You want Fido or Felix to be comfortable, but some airlines make this close to impossible


Going on vacation with your best friend is always a thrilling experience — even if he or she is a furry, four-legged cutie who constantly wants to sit on your lap. However, getting to your destination can be quite an adventure, especially if your preferred method of traveling is by plane.[slideshow:99109]

You want to ensure that Fido or Felix is safe and comfortable, but some airlines make this tricky and very difficult. Also, advance arrangements are not guarantees that your pet will travel on a specific flight.

Airlines reserve the right to refuse transport of an animal for reasons such as illness, an improper carrier, extreme temperatures, or any aggressive or violent behavior demonstrated by the pet, according to pet air travel regulations overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It is key to keep in mind that, typically, airlines require pet health certificates that are no older than 10 days, even if the country of your destination accepts an older one, the U.S. Department of State says.

Pet policies can be hard to fully comprehend, but several general guidelines will help you make your companion as relaxed and content as possible. Your actions can also put your pet at risk, however. Below are 15 things not to do when traveling with your pet.

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