Finally, consider whether or not your pet really needs to fly home with you. Even though leaving your cat or dog behind might be stressful for you, flying on an airplane might be even more stressful for them.
Pets can get super stressed by something as simple as moving the furniture in your apartment around — so taking them with you to an annoyingly crowded place and then expecting them to sit still for hours in the sky might be a little more than they’re built for.
"Flying is stressful for us, and our biggest concern is only having 6 inches of legroom," Dr. Sonja Olson, a senior clinician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, told The Dodo. "Imagine how stressful it is for your pet, who may be put into a totally foreign environment."
If your pet is more than 7 years old and has never flown before, Olson recommends leaving him at home with a reliable sitter instead (or taking a car).
If you absolutely have to fly with your pet, the best advice in the world is to just be as calm and prepared as possible. Your pet most likely isn’t going to enjoy being in the middle of a loud, stranger-filled airport, so the easier you can make things for them, the better.