There are a number of factors that contribute to determining if a pet is fit to fly. Each of these should be considered before certifying a pet fit to fly.
Breed: Brachycephalic breeds are prone to developing heat stroke. Many airlines will restrict brachycephalic breeds from flying in the cargo hold.
Age: Young pets may have an increased risk of hypoglycemia, especially small toy breeds. Older animals may experience issues when flying due to pre-existing medical conditions that come with age.
Weight: Colder weather can have more impact on underweight pets, whereas warm weather can more severely impact overweight pets.
Health: Pre-existing medical conditions should be taken into consideration before certifying that a pet is fit to fly. Considerations like;
- Does the pet require daily medications that may be limited by flight schedules?
- Does the pet have cardiovascular, respiratory, CNS or musculoskeletal disease?
- Is the pet pregnant?
- Does the pet have separation anxiety?