According to AAA, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their dogs and cats with them when they travel. It can be fun, but it can also be dangerous—even deadly.
- Several high-profile incidents involving pets on airplanes highlights the dangers of taking a dog or cat aboard an airplane. One dog died when the flight attendant insisted he be put in the overhead bin. Other dogs were routed via cargo to the wrong destination, taking many days to recover and be returned to their owners.
- Bob Ryder, of Pawsitive Transformations, says flying with your pets is just too dangerous and should be avoided at any costs.
- Other choices include traveling by train. Amtrak now allows pet owners to travel with their animals. There are rules to abide by, but you can keep your pet with you on your journey.
- Traveling by car is another good option. Keeping your pet in a carrier will keep it safe and feeling secure on your journey.
- The best choice might be to just leave your pet with a pet sitter, safe and secure at home, rather than putting your furry friend through the stress of traveling.
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