A Warning to Pet Owners
Given the ongoing frigid weather and continued airport delays in some parts of the country, the Humane Society of the United States is urging pet owners to keep their pets on the ground for the next several days.
It's never a good idea to fly pets in cargo -- the only place all but the smallest pets can sit -- in either very hot or very cold weather, but given the delays (which could take a lot of time to sort out), this is the worst of times. Animals kept in cargo holds for extended periods are at risk of hypothermia.
Airlines allow passengers to bring small pets into the passenger cabin if the pet is kept in a carrier small enough to fit under seats. Larger pets are shipped in transport crates in a plane's cargo hold. The temperature in cargo holds varies widely depending on the weather conditions.
The HSUS advises air travelers to leave pets at home in the care of a pet sitter or to delay travel until delays are less likely.
"Anytime someone places their pet in the care of an airline baggage handler they are taking a risk," said Wayne Pacelle, head of the HSUS. "That risk increases significantly during extreme temperatures."
Check out the Web site of the HSUS for more tips.
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