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Breed Report: Air Travel Tips for Transporting Reptiles via Cargo

Breed Report: Air Travel Tips for Transporting Reptiles via Cargo

When transporting reptiles via cargo, you must determine the following: What are the reptile transportation regulations for the destination state or country?What airlines allow the transport of reptiles via cargo?What are the shipping container requirements for your reptile? Reptiles are fairly easy to maintain as pets, thus pet owners often obtain...

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The Breed Report: Flying with a Long Body Dog

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A great example of a dog with a long body is the Basset Hound and as you can imagine, you have to pay attention to make sure you have the correct size crate for them. Basset Hounds are NOT on the list of restricted breeds (i.e., brachycephalic breeds) for transport via cargo and are not listed by DOT as being prone to death during transport via car...

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The Breed Report: Air Travel Tips for Transporting a Pet Bird In Cargo

Transporting a Pet Bird In Cargo

So, you want your pet bird(s) to travel in cargo? Well, believe it or not, the process and procedures are like preparing a pet dog or cat for transport in cargo. The pet owner must ensure that their pet bird meets the entry requirements of the destination state/country AND comply with the live animal policies of the airline. If traveling in cargo d...

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The Breed Report: Traveling on a Plane with a Chinese Crested Dog, Sphinx Cat, Mexican Hairless Dog, American Hairless Terrier or Any of the Other Hairless Breeds

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Do you have a Chinese Crested, Sphinx, Mexican Hairless Dog, American Hairless Terrier or any of the other hairless breeds?Let me share tips to prepare them for air travel via cargo. No matter what breed of dog or cat you may have, making efforts to ensure your pet is prepared and safe during air travel are paramount. Each breed will have commonali...

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Anxiety and Pet Travel: What are the causes of anxiety? How can we relieve anxiety related to pet travel?

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Anxiety is a reaction to stressful, or unfamiliar situations which occurs in people and pets (dogs/cats). We all experience anxiety from time to time, in response to anything new or unfamiliar. During air travel, dogs and cats are exposed to an unfamiliar environment with new people, unusual sounds and smells, and varying temperatures and lighting....

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Breeds that Can’t Fly In-Cargo: Why is my French Bulldog prohibited from travel via air cargo?

French Bulldog prohibited from travel via air cargo

Certain dog and cat breeds are prohibited for transport via cargo by most airlines. For it's been determined by reviewing the Department of Transportation (DOT) Animal Incident Reports that certain breeds of dogs are more prone to death during transport in cargo. Back in 2010, the DOT published a press release due to the increasing numbers of death...

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Pet Age Limits for Air Travel?

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What are the minimal age requirements for domestic air travel for dogs and cats? Great question! Before answering, I think we need a regulatory authority lesson. There are federal regulations, state regulations, and airline policies regarding the transport of dogs and cats. The federal regulations set minimal standards for domestic transport of dog...

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CDC has announced a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for CDC’s Dog and Cat Importation Regulations

Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for CDC’s Dog and Cat Importation

Effective August 1, 2023, the CDC is extending the temporary suspension of the importation of dogs from countries classified by the CDC as high risk for dog rabies. This temporary suspension is effective until July 31, 2024, and applies to all dogs, including puppies and service animals, that have been in a high-risk country within the six months b...

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Animal Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Planning

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There are several natural disaster seasons that are scary and dangerous for man and beasts. But as long as we make plans and prepare for them, we all can make it to safety. Whether you live in an area that is prone to floods, fire, hurricanes or tornados, 1) create an Emergency Kit, 2) Make a plan of Evacuation and 3) Be Informed as to what is avai...

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Amtrack Service Dogs

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Accessible Travel Service  Service Animals  Service animals are animals that are trained to perform a specific task for the benefit of a person with a disability, and are permitted in all areas where passengers are allowed. Amtrak personnel may ask what task(s) the service animal performs. Carry-on pet guidelines are for animals for which...

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Delta Air Lines Cargo Department Joins Prince William’s United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce

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You heard it first on our Facebook Live with Dr Nelva Bryant on April 14, 2023 when we had Juan DeVarez, Delta Air Lines Program Manager in Business Development for Live Animals, announce the partnership created between Delta Air Lines Cargo and Prince William's United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce. "Delta Cargo believes that global airlines pla...

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Cunard Service Dog Program

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Sailing with a service animal. Please notify us before your voyage of your request to sail with a trained service animal such as a seeing eye dog or hearing assistance dog. Emotional support animals are not recognized by the United States Department of Justice as service animals and therefore are not permitted to sail on Cunard vessels. All request...

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Science-based musical therapy collaborative aims to reduce pet anxiety during travel

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Pioneers offering a first-class travel experience for dogs and cats, with the utmost care, from start to finish. JAMAICA, NEW YORK (January 10, 2023) – Delivering high-quality pre- and post-travel animal care and veterinary services, The ARK at JFK (The ARK) has joined forces with Zoundz Music For Pets™ (Zoundz) to advance initiatives focused on im...

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National Pet Travel Safety Day

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We want our pets to travel with us, whether traveling within the US or traveling internationally. Keeping them safe during air travel requires advanced preparation to ensure they get to the destination and return home safely. The following preparation tips are mandatory for air travel. Purchase or obtain a travel crate/carrier that complies with th...

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Preparation for Air Travel with your Cat

Preparation for Air Travel with your Cat

When Pets Fly often receives questions regarding traveling with cats. There are multiple steps, however in this article we will focus on getting your cat acclimated to confinement in its travel crate or soft-sided carrier. Cats are very sensitive. Any changes to the normal home environment can cause stress.The simple act of putting out their travel...

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B’s and Queens with Caitlyn Palmer

Don't fly without these tips from Dr. Nelva On this episode of B's and Queens with Caitlin Palmer, we meet travel expert, Dr. Nelva Brant, who's a veterinary consultant for Delta Airlines. Dr. Nelva tells us how to travel smart with our pets. You definitely want to listen to this show before you buy your furry friend a ticket.  Podcast Link- h...

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CDC’s Dog Importation Regulations- IT’S COMPLICATED!!!

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If you are traveling with a dog and wish to enter the US, please be aware that you must comply with US importation regulatory requirements. Importation of personal pets is regulated by CDC, while the importation of dogs for commercial sale/adoption is regulated by USDA. For the importation of personal pets, CDC has updated their dog importation reg...

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Interview with Nancy Hassel on Digging into the Pet Industry

Nancy Hassel on Digging into the Pet Industry

Did you miss the Travel Tips Dr Bryant shared on 5/10/22 with American Pet Professional's Nancy Hassel? Catch the episode right here. 

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Getting to Know Dr Bryant

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Here is another interview that Dr Bryant di with The Spruce Pets. This is a snippet into Dr Bryant to let us know about her expertise and being the authority on pet travel. Dr. Nelva J. Bryant, DVM, MPH Specialties: International and Domestic Travel of Companion Animals, Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases, Veterinary Public Health, Animal Welfare, Ve...

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CE Learning with Dr Nelva Bryant and GlobalVetLink

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Dr Bryant does her best to get around and share her knowledge about animal travel. As a widely respected authority on this subject and employed by Delta Air Lines to help them navigate transporting animals, it is her mission to help Pet Parents, Companies and even other Veterinarians understand the importance of considering the animals safety and h...

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Dr Bryant’s Interview with SUP Creative Group

Dr Bryant’s Interview with SUP Creative Group

Today I had a great conversation with a Veterinarian and more importantly a Pet Parent to Nya, her 5 year old American Bulldog (let's not forget about her college age human son) and who is on the cusp of changing lives all over the country when it comes to Pet Travel. Dr. Nelva Bryant lives in Georgia and loves veterinary medicine because there are...

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Taking Trips with Your Road Dog

Taking Trips with Your Road Dog

Spring is here and depending on where you are the warmer weather is out and it is felling good! And as many Pet Parents do, it is that time of year to start taking our dogs on road trips with us. But what all goes into a road trip with our dogs? Yes, it takes planning and preparation just like if you have children. So here is a great article from a...

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Are all pet crates the same?

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You've seen the pet crates. They're used to house train dogs, or for quick trips to the veterinary hospital or clinic for cats. Some are made for quick assembly or to be able to get your pet inside without too much of a fight. Are all crates the same? No! Crates used for air travel as checked baggage or via cargo must be made of a rigid material (p...

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Traveling Basic Needs- What to consider for your pet?

Traveling Basic Needs- What to consider for your pet?

Your pet has basic needs, just like you. We all require food, water, and shelter. When traveling in the US or internationally, we have the expectation that we, as people, will have our needs met at the destination. There will be hotel accommodations, plenty of restaurants to choose, and you can have your beverage of choice. However, when traveling ...

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What should you do if your pet gets ill while you both are away on vacation?

What should you do if your pet gets ill while you both are away on vacation?

Not a good thought to consider, but you don't want to wait until something happens and then search for a local veterinarian. Just in case, it's better to be prepared prior to leaving for vacation. Locally in the US, you could search for veterinarians via sites, such as: AAHA-accredited hospital locatorFind Local VeterinariansFind a Veterinarian Nea...

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Find the requirements for travel as pets in-cabin for the airline.

So…what do I need to know regarding traveling with my pet in-cabin?

I know, I know…. you want your pet with you. However, just because the airline allows dogs and cats to travel as pets in-cabin, not all meet the criteria. Is your pet the correct size to fit in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliant soft-sided crate? Does the crate allow space for your pet to stand and turnabout comfortably? Some pets th...

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Can My Cat or Dog Go on a Cruise with Me? They sure can!

Can My Cat or Dog Go on a Cruise with Me?  They sure can!

Well, we discussed the pet entry requirements of the destination country and the need to comply. However, we didn't address the significance. When you travel with your dog or cat to a different state or country, be aware that you are travelling to a "new land". This "new land" is governed by another state or country. Each will have their own regulations in place to prevent the entry of infectious diseases transmitted by dogs or cats. The entry requirements will vary-some will be lax, and others will be extremely detailed. So…never assume that the requirements are the same.

Something else to consider when you travel to a "new land". You are potentially exposing your dog or cat to "new" infectious diseases that are not common in your origin state or country. Unfortunately, data is not available regarding the common diseases of dogs or cats by state or country. However, let's consider how diseases are transmitted to dogs or cats. The most common diseases are transmitted via:

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Service Dog Flying Rule Made Official: DOT Rules Out Emotional Support Animals

Service Dog Flying Rule Made Official: DOT Rules Out Emotional Support Animals

You love your dog or cat and cannot imagine being without them. So, when you travel for vacation, to visit family, or just because, you want them to be with you. Now that you have decided on the destination and that you want your dog or cat to travel with you, lets discuss how to prepare your pet for travel.

Do you know, if you do not meet the requirements for travel by the airline, your pet may not be able to go with you. Also, if you do not meet the pet entry requirements of the destination state (i.e., Hawaii) or country, your pet could be denied entry and required to be returned to the state/country of origin or placed into mandatory quarantine. Be aware, this will be at your expense!

Don't risk it, here are steps to prepare:

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