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Holiday Travel tips if including family pet

If a pet will be part of your holiday travel plans, you may want to plan ahead.
Some tips on when to take them, and when it might be best to leave them behind.

Many families traveling for the holidays, will want their four-legged friends along for the ride. But when should Fideo come or stay?

The Humane Society of the United States says if you must fly with your pet, it ideally belongs in the cabin, in your care-- not in the cargo hold.

If you are traveling during the days leading up to Christmas, right now is when you should start asking questions to the airliner about any health or immunization requirements.

You should also check into the requirements for pet carriers. And speaking of those pet carriers, a busy airport and TSA lines are stressful enough for humans- so you can imagine what it must feel like for an animal. That's why you should practice getting your pet in and out of its carrier.

Kirsten Theisen- Humane Society
"Get to the airport early enough so that you can request a special secondary screening, and what they'll do is offer you a space in a side room where they can close the door to the room and do your screening away from the chaos and the noise."

"They are going to spend a lot of hours in it, in a very small space under the seat in front of you, and the more practice you can do at home, the better that's going to work out."

Bring things that make the animal comfortable and if animal has health conditions.   It's probably best for Fideo to stay home.