1. Take your pet to the vet for a health check in advance of your journey.
2. Get advice from your vet on pregnant animals.
3. Speak to the carrier in advance to ascertain the conditions your pet will travel in and to ensure that you have the required paperwork.
4. Do not use sedatives unless advised by a vet.
5. Roughly 2 hours before travel, give your pet a light meal.
6. Check with the carrier that your pet will have full and constant access to fresh water.
7. Use a container which enables your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around with comfort and ease. The container should contain absorbent bedding and provide ample ventilation. A familiar toy can help your pet adjust.
8. Ensure that your pet will not be exposed to extreme temperatures.
9. Where possible, try and match your pet's sleeping patterns by travelling overnight.