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Moving to Puerto Rico with Pets

By Derek
August 28th, 2012 - 8:13 AM

How can I safely move to Puerto Rico with pets?

Our pets are important members of our family, and like any family member, we want to make sure they’re safe and secure while they’re traveling. If you’re moving to Puerto Rico with pets in tow, there are some steps you can take to ensure they’re safe and comfortable during the flight. The rules for pet travel to Puerto Rico are the same as anywhere else in the Continental U.S. – and that makes it very easy to take your pet with you.

Follow these simple tips for safe travel when you’re moving to Puerto Rico with pets:

  • Check with the airline to determine their specific policies and prices for traveling with pets.
  • Book your flight with an airline that provides a climate controlled area for pets.
  • Try to book a direct flight to make traveling as easy as possible.
  • Try to fly early morning or late evening to avoid flying during the hottest part of the day.
  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Dogs should be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry (except puppies younger than 3 months and dogs originated or located for 6 months in areas considered rabies-free).
  • Provide an original, valid interstate health certificate that is issued within 10 days of your flight. We recommend carrying multiple copies with you.
  • Reduce the amount of food you give your pet the day before travel (but give them plenty of water).
  • Feed them a light meal two hours before check-in.  
  • Crate your pets before arriving at the airport, but remember to confirm ahead of time that your pet carrier is approved by the airline.
  • Make certain your pet can sit, stand and rest comfortably without touching the sides of the crate.
  • Attach a food and water dish on the crate (at least water).
  • Place absorbent material on the bottom of the crate (puppy pads, newspaper, towels, etc.).
  • Allow extra time beyond normal check-in guidelines.
  • Note the last time your pet was fed watered because the airline agent will likely ask.
  • Make certain your pets have ID tags with their name, your name, your contact number, etc., clearly marked in case of an unforeseen problem. You may even consider putting a photo of your pet on the crate along with the same information as their ID tags.

If you have other questions specific to airline travel with your pets, make sure to check with the airline you’ll be flying with – they’ll be a great resource. If you have questions about moving your household goods to Puerto Rico, leave a comment below or call us at 800-413-4799 (you can also get a free moving quote online) – we’ll be happy to help.