Traveling with a Bird
Traveling or moving can be stressful for both you and your bird, but there are a few steps that you can take to make the process a lot smoother! Whether you are traveling by air or car, the key is to always be prepared.
Traveling by air
If traveling by air, it's crucial that you have an airline-approved carrier that will fit under your seat. Call your airline beforehand and ask about its bird policy. Some airlines don't allow birds to travel in the cabin; birds are not allowed in the cabin on international flights; and most airlines have a limit as to how many pets you can have with you. You will also need a recent certificate of health issued by a veterinarian. Be prepared to take your bird out at security checkpoints, and have a harness on hand. It's easiest to take non-stop flights.
Traveling by car
If you are traveling by car, your bird should stay in a carrier. If you accidentally open your window or door and your bird is not in a carrier, there is a good chance that he will take flight to go exploring. Place your bird's carrier in the back seat and use bungee cords or the seat belt to secure the carrier. If your bird doesn't travel in the car often, it might be a good idea to take him out for some short rides to help him adjust before the trip. Don't leave your bird alone in the car. The car can easily become overheated or chilled. If the weather is supposed to be hot and sunny, you can purchase a glare guard to block the sun and prevent your bird from overheating. It's a good idea to have health certificates from a veterinarian on hand because some states require them.
Although it is difficult to be completely prepared, these tips will help you consider how to plan ahead.
- It's always a good idea to clip your bird's wings before you travel, just in case he gets out of his carrier.
- If you plan to use a different carrier during the trip, make sure your bird has time to adjust to a new carrier.
- If your bird doesn't do well with travel, line his carrier with soft towels so that he can't hurt himself while panicking.
- Make sure to take your bird's favorite food or treats along, but avoid dangling toys that could knock him over.
- Water dishes aren't ideal for traveling because they can easily spill. Instead, use a water bottle. Fruit is also a great way to keep your bird hydrated.
- If you need to stay at a hotel during your trip or move, make sure that the hotel allows pets.
There are numerous aspects to take into account whenever you travel with your bird. Being prepared and planning ahead will go a long way in making your trip enjoyable and hassle-free.
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