Luggage Superstore gives 10 tips for travelling with pets.

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Pets are so much a part of many lives. Taking pets abroad is a simple process but there are a few regulations to be followed and Luggage Superstore gives some of the important ones in this article.

Tips on tavelling with pets.

Be sure to know of the requirements or regulations of the country of destination

Airlines and airports do have regulations that need to be adhered to should passengers wish to travel with pets. Luggage Superstore advises on getting it spot on from the beginning to make the transition smooth and comfy.

1. If travelling with a pet, advance noticed needs to be given to the airlines as special arrangements would have to be made for the comfort of the animal and to be sure the space is booked for your pets.
2. Costs will differ from airline to airline. There are some airlines that are more “pet friendly” than others and their charges may sometimes be more reasonable.
3. Travelling during the week is probably a better time rather than the weekends. This is to be certain that inspection staff is on duty to attend to your pets on arrival at the destination or before leaving the airport and placing your pet on the airline.
4. Be sure to know of the requirements or regulations of the country of destination to avoid any distress to pets or even to yourself by causing delays due to lack of paper work-do all the research and ask as many questions until you are clear of all the requirements.
5. In connection with point 4 above, some of the paper work to ask about are; vaccination certificates, good health certificates (these can go by different names e.g. veterinary certificate), rabies free certificate. European countries may require different certificates or just more information-so keep asking in advance to be well prepared.
6. Talk to your vet about medication for fleas and ticks as prevention if they do not have any or to be treated before travelling if they do have fleas or ticks.
7. Do not tranquilise pets before travelling as this may create breathing issues during travel -talk to your vet about alternatives.
8. There is the Pets Travel Scheme which allows pets to arrive or leave a country without quarantine. Here is a helpful link to more information on this http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/
9. Assistance Dogs need to fit the requirements in the Pets travel Scheme and may sometimes be allowed in the cabin.

We recommend a total health examination on the return from the trip. Check for any external parasites like ticks and fleas or internal parasites like heartworms, roundworms ,hookworms, that may have been npicked up in contaminated areas.

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Luggage Superstore’s established site is in West Kingsdown, Kent. Their aim is providing competitive prices of the highest quality luggage and top calibre Customer Service for online luggage shopping.

Trina Chee-a-kwai
Luggage Superstore
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