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Six Tips to Prepare Your pet for air Travel

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Six Tips to Prepare Your pet for air Travel

While traveling with pets it is important to properly take care of them. They are creatures of routine and when the routine is changed it can be disturbing for them. It’s essential to prepare your pet for the journey, especially if you are planning to travel by air. Some specific practices and precautions should be followed. You do not need to be worried about your pet traveling in a cargo compartment if you have prepared properly. A large number of pets are transported in cargo on a regular basis and if you have fulfilled the required safety measures, there is no need to worry. Here are some key precautions to follow before flying with your pet.

1. Health Certification

Before doing anything else, you have to establish your pet’s health by paying a visit to the veterinarian. Most airlines demand that the health certificate for your pet be issued no more than ten days before flying. Rabies has been a matter of concern in most places so your pet should be healthy. The state authorities are always keen to ensure that your pet has had all required vaccinations. Health clarification is also essential to ensure that your pet is capable of enduring the trip.

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2. Contacting Airline Authorities

Most airlines offer a specific number of seats in their cargo compartment that are reserved for pets. It is essential to contact your airline authority and reserve a space for your pet. You should contact the airline authorities and ask them about their terms and conditions for carrying a pet. It will help in avoiding any frustration at the last minute.

3. Arranging a Pet Carrier

A pet carrier is a must for carrying your pet inside the cabin. The carrier provides sufficient comfort and safety for your pet while traveling. Authorities often provide a dog carry-on bag for airline travel, but you should choose the carrier by keeping the comfort of the pet in mind. It’s a good idea to introduce your pet to the pet carrier at least a week before the flight so that the pet can get used to it.

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4. Preparing the Carrier

Traveling can be tiring for pets as well as people, so it is essential to make pet carriers as comfortable and secure as possible. You can cover the floor of the carrier with a familiar towel or blanket. Your pet should feel a connection to home so that he or she does not get anxious. You can also place toys that are familiar to your pet. These measures should be taken seriously because your pet is not used to being kept in a pet carrier in a cargo compartment.

5. Labeling the Carrier With Important Information

With your pet carrier boarded in the cargo compartment, the labeled information on it will be vital. Usually pet carriers have tags on them that you can fill out with your personal contact information as well as the eating and drinking needs of your pet. Attach the health certificate to the pet carrier. Most importantly, state that there is a live animal inside the carrier.

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6. The Day of Your Flight

It is necessary that the stomach of your pet remain empty during the flight, so feed your pet no closer than four hours before departure. Keep the pet as active as possible to compensate for the many hours he or she will be unable to move much and to lessen anxiety. Ensure that all required measures have been taken. Allow extra time at the airport to compensate for possible long lines and to be sure the airline has enough time to properly board your pet.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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