It seems as if every
other week there’s another horror story about an animal who has died or gone
missing during airline travel. The most recent one involves Xiaohwa, a
frightened cat who bolted when an employee opened her crate at John F. Kennedy
International Airport—she is still lost inside the building

It’s just not a good
idea to entrust our beloved animals to a system that we barely trust with our
shampoo and underwear.

 Although some airlines do allow a limited
number of small animals to ride inside the cabin, many still think that animals should be
treated like baggage. The cargo hold of a plane is a loud, terrifying—and often
deadly—place. Because it isn’t  climate-controlled,
it can quickly become sweltering or freezing, putting animals at risk of dying from heatstroke or exposure

So as the holiday
season approaches, many animal guardians are opting to take the scenic route
and drive to their destinations. Here are our top tips for traveling with animals to help make the trip smooth sailing:

  1. Toting
    no-spill travel bowls makes it easy to keep everyone hydrated en route.
  2. To
    keep cats calm in the car, some people may consider tranquilizing them, but tranquilizers
    can be dangerous and actually upset and disorient cats. Catnip or
    stress-reducers such as Feliway or Rescue Remedy are gentler ways to calm cats.
  3. For
    dogs who are prone to losing their lunch in the car, ginger capsules (found at
    health-food stores) may help, or veterinarians can prescribe medication.
  4. Cats
    can turn into escape artists on the road, so it’s safest to keep them in
    sturdy, roomy carriers that are lined with a towel and equipped with a small litter
    tray.
  5. Carriers
    made of hard plastic provide much better protection in an accident than
    soft-sided or disposable cardboard carriers.
  6. Dogs
    should never be transported in the
    bed of a truck—an abrupt stop can eject them from the vehicle.
  7. Schedule
    frequent stops. Just like human travelers, dogs appreciate the chance to
    stretch their legs, have a snack, and hit the bathroom every couple of hours.
  8. Animals
    should always be put on a leash or in a carrier whenever a car window or door
    is going to be opened. Countless dogs and cats have been lost at tollbooths,
    gas stations, and rest stops when they unexpectedly darted out an open door or window. 

    Some people find that it’s easier on animals
    if they’re allowed to stay at home in the care of trusted family members,
    friends, or sitters. When your animal companions are staying at home, you will
    want to do the following:

    • Put
      everything that caregivers may need to know in writing, including your
      temporary contact information, cell phone number, veterinarian’s phone number,
      and emergency numbers.
    • Leave
      extras of all animal supplies that caregivers may need, just in case your
      return is delayed.
    • Check
      in regularly to give caregivers a chance to ask any
      questions that they might not have felt comfortable calling about.

    Happy holidays to
    you and all your family members!

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    Article source: PETA Files

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