TRAVELING WITH YOUR PET
Are you thinking about traveling with your pet? Well before you make any plans you better check into the airline requirements for pets! If your pet isn’t used to traveling in a carrier, it would be a good idea to get him/her accustomed to the pet carrier for at least one month prior to flying. You can leave the carrier open on the floor for your pet to have unlimited access to it. Put some treats or toys inside so they will see it as a friendly place. Take the pet for car rides in the carrier so it can adapt to traveling in a crate. Finally, don’t feed your dog for four to six hours before the flight and have water available for hydration before the flight.
Click on the airline below for specifics on your airline travel.
All airlines have different requirements.
Air Canada (888-247-2262) allows one cat or small dogs to fly with you in the passenger cabin, as long as they are small enough to fit and stay comfortably in their carrier under the seat in front of you. The fee is $50 for flights within Canada, or between the US and Canada. For other flights the fee is $100 each way. Passengers my travel with one cat or dog (up to 70 lbs. pet and carrier combined) in the baggage compartment. The fee for pets traveling in the baggage compartment is from $105 each way. Arrangements for transportation of other types of pets can be made through Air Canada Cargo. A limited number of pets are allowed on each flight and pets will not be accepted at the airport without reservations. Please see Air Canada’s website for a full explanation of their pet policy with detailed information about carrier requirements, black out days and required documentation. Maximum hard case kennel dimensions are: 1.5″ L x 15.5″ W x 9″ H and 21.5″ L x 15.5″ W x 10.5″ H for soft sided kennels.
WestJet (1-800-581-9499) allows small cats, dogs, rabbits and birds to travel in the passenger cabin for an additional fee of $50 each way. The combined weight of your pet and its carrier may not exceed 22 pounds. WestJet allows cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and hedgehogs to fly in the baggage compartment for a fee of $50 each way. The combined weight of your pet and carrier may not exceed 100 pounds. Reservations for pets are required, as available space is limited. Please see WestJet website for a complete pet policy, including restrictions on traveling with pets to certain destinations, specifications for pet carriers, summer embargos in certain locations, and pet travel blackout periods. You must WestJet for telephone reservations. call WestJet at 800-581-9499 to book a flight with a pet.
Pets Traveling in the Aircraft Cabin https://www.flyporter.com/Travel/Baggage-Allowance-Pets-In-Cabin?culture=en-CA is pleased to provide the benefit of allowing your small pet travel with you in the aircraft cabin. Pet travel is restricted to house cats and small dogs that can comfortably maneuver inside an approved carrier during flight. For operational and comfort reasons, Porter limits the number of pet carriers allowed in the cabin to two at any one time. Pet carriers count as the one standard article of carry-on baggage permitted onboard. Passengers traveling with pets will only be allowed one additional personal item, not to exceed 43 cm x 16 cm x 33 cm (17 in x 6 in x 13 in) and weighing less than 9 kg (20 lbs.). All other baggage must be checked. Pets cannot travel unaccompanied. To avoid disappointment, you must pre-book your pet on your flight via Porter’s website or calling the Porter Call Centre at 1-888-619-8622 at least 12 hours prior to your scheduled departure time. Passengers traveling with pets will be unable to check-in online and must see a customer service agent upon arrival at the terminal.
Additionally, pets must remain in their carriers from the point at which they undergo security screening until arrival at final destination. Failure to do so will result in future pet travel being denied by the airline. The cost for transporting your pet in the cabin is $50 CAD/USD per direction. Standard fare class change and cancellation rules apply.
No pets are permitted in the baggage compartment of any Porter flight.
A maximum of one carrier per passenger is allowed, and only one pet is permitted in a carrier.
Pets must travel with an adult, fare-paying passenger. Unaccompanied minors may not travel with a pet.
Passengers traveling with infants may not also travel with pets.
Traveling Tips for your pet: The following are some shipping suggestions to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety.
1. Familiarize your pet with the carrier/ kennel to ease the stress of travel.
2. Keep your pet as calm as possible prior to the flight. Take along a leash and collar for walking your pet prior to departure. Do not place the leash inside the kennel.
3. Include identification tags with your home address and telephone number, as well as the address and phone number of the person receiving the animal at destination.
4. Never send your pet with a muzzle or choke collar on. Both can be dangerous when an animal is alone.