Do Fluffy and Fido Get Frequent-Flier Miles?

Continental staffers have seen ostriches, lizards, snakes, mice, monkeys, small kangaroos, white tiger cubs, turtles and alligators.

* Consider an early-morning or late-day flight in summer to avoid the heat of the day.

* Carry a current photo of your pet in case of delay/loss.

* Avoid giving your pet tranquilizers and sedatives; they diminish the animal's balance and ability to respond to stress.

* Give your pet at least a month to acclimate to its carrier before shipping it.

* Some animals find flying too stressful. Reconsider your plans if yours is one of them. It could be kinder to leave it at home with a pet sitter.

Sources: The Humane Society of the United States; American Veterinary Medical Association

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