Does the thought of flying make you anxious?  If so, imagine how your pet feels!  Unlike humans, our beloved pets don’t have the luxury of understanding they’re about to embark on a journey across the world, so the entire process can be quite unsettling for them.  Luckily for you and your pet, there are some things you can do to make the experience a calm and comfortable one for them. 

Got an upcoming flight for your pet?  Here are some ways to help ease their anxiety during the trip. 

Work on crate training

Whether your pet is travelling by cabin or cargo, they’ll need to stay in their crate for the remainder of the flight.  For this reason, now’s a good time to introduce them to their crate if you haven’t already done so.  By introducing them to their crate well in advance of their flight, they’ll feel less anxious when it comes to staying in one for hours at a time.  To help get you started, check out this article for some tips on crate training.  Be patient and start early so neither you nor your pet experience stress during the process!

Give them lots of exercise

Most pet owners will know that their pet is pooped after a good, long exercise session!  Try and make this the goal for your pet during their flight.  Before arriving at the airport, make sure your pet receives a lot of exercise.  An abundance of exercise prior to their flight will ensure they’re tuckered out and can sleep during the flight. 

Keep in mind their feeding time

No one likes needing to relieve themselves only to not be able to – animals included!  Upset stomachs or accidents in your pet’s crate can make this foreign experience that much more uncomfortable for them.  To avoid this, feed them approximately 3-4 hours before their flight and be sure to provide them with lots of water before, during and after the flight.  

Consider CBD oil

Some veterinarians have claimed that CBD oil can have calming effects on animals, much like it does with humans.  Before giving your pet CBD oil, be sure to consult with your veterinarian whether this is the right treatment for your pet.  A veterinarian will be able to discuss with you the benefits, any side effects, and correct dosage for your pet based on their size.  You may also consult with them to discuss other over-the-counter or prescription medications that could help calm your pet during their travels.

Flying can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be!  One of the most important things you can do to keep your pet calm for their flight is to remain calm yourself.  Remember that animals can sense energies, so try your best to remain as calm as possible leading up to their flight.  We know it’s an intimidating process especially if it’s your first time, but that’s why at Worldwide Animal Travel, we give our animal clients the VIP treatment!  To learn more about our services, click here!