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? 

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