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Essential Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Pet Escort Travel Service

Planning a trip often requires you to consider a plethora of details. When you have pets, there’s even more to think about, and it can quickly get stressful. Nonetheless, pet owners know the heart-wrenching feeling of leaving their dog or cat behind, and with a little bit of planning, that can be avoided. If you’re taking a trip and want to bring your pet along, these tips, courtesy of Pet Jets, will help make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Get the Right Supplies

When planning your trip, it’s important to get all the things you need for your pet ahead of time so you’re not rushing out to the pet store the night before you leave. It’s essential to find a good travel crate and crate bed. No matter what mode of travel you choose (e.g., flying, driving, riding a train or bus), your pet will spend a great deal of time in their crate, so The Nest suggests making sure it provides enough room for them to easily sit, stand and turn around. If you’re driving to your destination and don’t want to use a crate, you can set your pet up in the backseat with a car harness that fastens to the seat-belt buckle.

You’re also going to need to take your pet for walks throughout your trip, so don’t forget to bring a quality collar and leash. If you have a cat, consider purchasing a cat harness. This allows them to safely explore the outdoors and release any pent-up energy. Before choosing a harness, check out these reviews to make sure you get one that is high-quality and will keep your cat secure. Harnesses are also handy for small- and medium-sized dogs. In addition,

remember to bring along other staples, like your pet’s food, toys, identification/vaccine tags, and any other belongings that could help them feel more comfortable during the trip. Of course, the cost of these supplies can add up. So when you shop, be sure to use a promo code or other online discount that can help you save while you prep your pup for their big trip.

Research the Destination

Where you go with your pet matters. Do your homework when choosing a destination, and make sure you’re going somewhere that offers accommodations and activities for pets. For instance, will your pet have access to outdoor areas where they can run free? Is there a dog park, a cat cafe, and pet-friendly restaurants? Also, be sure to contact any hotels you’re considering to learn about their policy on pets.

Visit the Vet

Along with getting the necessary supplies, it’s important to take your pet to the veterinarian for a checkup before you leave home. That way, you can be sure they are caught up on all their immunizations, paperwork, bloodwork and other tests, and you can stock up on any medications, specialty food, and anything else that you get from your vet. Your veterinarian can also recommend other ways to make the trip less stressful for your pet, notes DogHealth.com, including treatments and sedatives.

Warm Your Pet Up to the Changes

Another way to prepare for your trip is to rehearse some of the traveling experience with your pet. Unfamiliar environments can cause anxiety and fear in dogs and cats, so try to ease their nerves in the weeks leading up to the trip. For instance, take your pet to the airport terminal or bus/train station a few times to walk around and take in the sights and smells. If you’re driving, take them in your vehicle for a few trips.

It’s also important to get your pet used to their travel crate, which you can do by keeping them in it at night and throughout some of the day. Furthermore, if your dog or cat eats canned or fresh food, consider transitioning them to dry food, since it’s more practical for traveling.

Prepare for your pet-friendly trip by getting all the pet supplies you will need, going to the vet for a checkup, and rehearsing some of the traveling with your pet. Look into pet accommodations and activities at any destinations you’re considering to ensure you and your pet have a good time. It may take a little more planning, but it will be well worth it to have your pet by your side.

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Pet Escort Travel Service

Pet Escort Travel Service Now Available with our New Partner PetsJets!

Pet Jets has recently started a joint venture with our new partner PetsJets (yes similar names!) to assist with pet escort travel services to provide an excellent alternative for flying smaller pets! If you’re worried about “shipping” your pet or having your pet exposed to extreme temperatures, darkness and jolting noises in cargo bins this is a wonderful alternative. Stop worrying about missed connections and misrouted flights: a PetsJets Agent will accompany your pet from origin to destination and care for it every second of the journey! PetsJets is a personalized and civilized way to fly your pet on commercial airlines to domestic or international locations.

PetsJets has been escorting pets on commercial airlines so they avoid the stress/risk of cargo for 9 years. Pets just need to be small enough to fit comfortably under the seat in a soft sided travel carrier, and is perfect for puppies, small dogs, cats, etc. Each is given undivided attention by their pet travel escort. For more information, click this link for a free quote today! UPDATE: DEC. 2020 – Pet Escort Travel Services have been postponed until February 2021 due to COVID-19. Please check back with us after February 2021. Thank you.

Pet Air Travel

Pet Air Travel Summer 2020 Update

As the summer officially approaches more people are considering pet air travel with private charter as an alternative to the airlines because of obvious health concerns, reductions in available flights, and with the difficulty of flying certain breeds of pets. More individuals and families need to relocate to new homes around the world and the task of flying their pets can often be stressful when trying to find solutions.

Pet Jets utilizes industry software to find approved charter aircraft that offers you the best pricing for your itinerary. While the cost of private air charter can be expensive, our clients often find the cost to be justified when they arrive to their destination with their pets safe and without stress. Recent trends find many of our clients requiring larger private aircraft for long flights such as New York to London that typically seat 9-14 passengers, however, our clients may only require half the seats which is why our founder created Pet Jets Travel Club.

The goal of the club is for members to network with the purpose of sharing a flight with another party and to save up to 50% by sharing the cost between two parties. Pet Jets markets the member requests on social media and our website. When members network and agree on sharing a flight, Pet Jets will research the best pricing and aircraft options and arranges the flight with approved air carriers representing our members with safety as our priority.

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While there are still many Covid-19 travel restrictions for humans at this time, the same restrictions can occur for pet air travel depending on destinations worldwide. For your pets it is best to check with your veterinarian before travel for needed vaccinations and a general health check to fly. Charter aircraft often leave from their own private terminals, compared to risk exposure in an overcrowded commercial airport lounge. Our clients pass thorough security more quickly and have no lengthy waits in line, either to check-in or to board. These conveniences of private charter are prime benefits for health reasons and means less stress on your pets!

Fly smarter, fly pet friendly charters!
Pet Travel Trends

Pet Travel Trends 2020

Over half of pet owners are planning to travel with their pets and roughly 2 million domestic animals board commercial and private charter flights each year. Pet travel is an important part of the travel industry and should not be taken lightly or ignored. With over a third of owners saying they simply won’t travel without their pets, making traveling with pets as accessible as possible would be beneficial for both travelers and businesses. Owners often sacrifice the length and the frequency of their vacations as a result of having animals, and many hold pet-friendly accommodations and destinations in high regard. Increasing the options and ease with which owners can take their furry friends may encourage these travelers to take longer, as well as more frequent trips and holidays. For this reason the option of pet friendly air charter is on the increase especially for those looking to relocate with their pets with ease for long distances. Read on for more information on pet travel trends, as we explore the facts and figures behind pet travel in recent years.

  • 53% of travelers take holidays with their pets, so pet-friendly accommodation is a growing industry trend.
  • It’s estimated that 2 million domestic animals travel on commercial flights every year.
  • 52% of surveyed owners said that they only stay at pet-friendly properties.
  • 6% of pets in the US board a plane every year.
  • 27% of people said that they want to see more dog-friendly hotels and holiday parks. 16% would also like to see this in pubs.
  • 15% would like to see more dog-friendly beaches, while 14% want more dog-friendly restaurants.
  • A recent poll found that 27% of pet owners are planning one or two trips with their furry friends in the next year.
  • 37% are planning 3 to 5 getaways, while 31% intend to travel with their pet six or more times across the year.
  • Over half of owners plan to travel this year with their animal companions.
  • 37% of owners have opted against travelling to stay at home with their dog.
  • 78% of owners and their four-legged friends are driving and flying together more now than ever before.
  • 37% of families travel with their furry friends. This is a 19% increase over the last decade

Before we dive into the other facts and figures, let’s look at what percentage of Americans own dogs. In the US, 36% of households own a dog, so right away it looks as though pet travel will be an important factor in traveling for many. So how many Americans travel with their pets each year? A survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) found that 37% of animal owners travel with their pets every year. This is up by 19% over the last decade! Research also shows that 42% of 55-64-year-old owners take their pets with them making Baby Boomers more likely to bring furry friends on their travels than younger generations. Overall, these stats show that many people own pets, and many travelers look to take their pets along with them. Companies in the air charter industry would do well to take notice of this trend.

  • Over 50% of owners intend to take their pets away with them this year.
  • In 9 out of 10 households, dogs are considered part of the family.
  • 31.3% plan to take overnight trips with their pets six or more times a year.
  • 37% of families travel with their four-legged friends. This is a 19% increase over the last decade.
  • 42% of owners aged 55-64 take their four-legged friends with them travelling. This makes Baby Boomers more likely to do this than younger generations.
  • If they have to leave their pets at home, 25% of Boomers make homemade treats for their dogs to enjoy when they are away.
  • 75% leave behind an article of clothing with their scent on it!
  • 25% of women will take their dog on vacation, whereas just 14% of men will do the same.

Pet Jets has been providing pet friendly air charters services for over a decade and recent pet travel trends demonstrate that more people are looking at private air charter as an alternative to the airlines who continue to place restrictions on pet travel. For example, according to the Wall Street Journal new restrictions in the U.S. by the Department of Transportation are allowing airlines to ban emotional support animals. With such restrictions in place consider private air charter by contacting Pet Jets for a free quote for your next pet friendly air travel needs!

SourcesGo Pet FriendlyPBS Pet TravelTravel Agent Central

Dog-proofing

Why Dog-Proofing is Essential for Any New Owner

Dogs are naturally inquisitive. They love to explore new environments – mainly by chewing, licking and sniffing.

Unfortunately, the average home is filled with potential dangers. Some are obvious, such as toxic cleaning chemicals or gaps in a fence, but others are easy to overlook.

Dog-proofing

It’s important to thoroughly check your house for dangers before you bring a new dog home. Here are a few examples of dangers that are often missed:

  • Toilet Bowls. You should always keep the toilet lid down, as cleaning chemicals are toxic if your dog drinks from the bowl. Small puppies are also at risk of getting trapped in the water.
  • Food Waste. Dogs love the smell of food waste – but it often contains poisonous foods or dangerous mould. Keep food decomposition bins in a locked cupboard.
  • Power Cables. Soft cables can be an attractive chewing target for a puppy in the teething stage. All cables should either by hidden or protected.
  • Toxic Houseplants. Many common plants are toxic to dogs. These include sago palm, azaleas, and jade. Check all plants before bringing your dog home.

If you want to learn more about this topic, The Dog Clinic has put together a complete guide to dog-proofing a house. It includes tips for kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, gardens, garages and more. To learn more about dog tips and air charter for your pets, visit PetJets.com.