Top 3 Tips

to Prepare Your Pet for International Travel

Many pet owners are anxious about flying their pets internationally, especially when it comes to the well-being and comfort of their furry companions. Here are some pro-tips that can help make the journey less stressful for your pets:


Get your pet accustomed to the crate.

Ensure your pet is familiar with the crate by having them eat their meals and receive treats inside the crate at least one week before departure.

You can also give them marrow bones to help them relax. Start by leaving the crate door open for a few days while your pet is inside, and gradually increase the time with the door locked. Increase the time by 15-minute increments with every meal, but always monitor your pet for any signs of distress. (Read more here)

Teach your pet how to drink from airline water bottles.

It can be challenging for pets to drink from the water bottles attached to the crate during the flight.

You can introduce the water bottle to your pet by smearing a small amount of xylitol-free peanut butter or liquid cheese on the nozzle. Encourage your pet to lick the nozzle to get the treat, and repeat this throughout the day until they become comfortable.

Once they are comfortable, fill the water bottle with something tasty like chicken stock, and present it to your pet to drink. Once they learn to associate licking the nozzle with the tasty liquid, they will be able to finish the water bottle easily. Eventually, you can replace the chicken stock with plain water.

Add familiar scents to your pet’s crate.

Familiar scents can help reduce your pet’s anxiety during travel. You can add your unwashed t-shirts or other articles of clothing to their crate to make them feel closer to home. Avoid adding toys that can be chewed apart or that could pose a choking hazard. For cats, a small cardboard box lined with your dirty shirts can work wonders in reducing their anxiety.

If you have any questions or concerns about traveling with your pet, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team for assistance. We have flown hundreds of dogs and cats internationally and can provide you with valuable advice and guidance to ensure your pet has a stress-free journey.