vulgarismx said: Hello! Would you mind sharing your experiences on traveling with Moose? Me and my mini lop, Boo have traveled but only short distance ( a 5 hr plane ride / day long car trips etc ) but I was wondering how did you go about flying overseas with Moose? I'm planning on traveling to a different continent with my rabbit as well but I heard it was really rough on them so anything you could share in terms of preparation/traveling itself would be fantastic!
Sure! I would be happy to answer any questions you have. I flew from the US to Lebanon, and had to have a microchip put in and a USDA health certificate completed by my veterinarian and certified by the local USDA office within 2 weeks of my flight.
As far as the flight itself, it is obviously not something that I would recommend doing unless you have to (I brought him along for the move, but when I take trips home I think it would be better to find him a sitter). I had to call a bunch of airlines, because all of the pet policies I found only mentioned dogs and cats. Out of the major airlines I contacted, United was the only one that allowed rabbits in the cabin on an overseas flight. So, then I had to make sure that each leg of my trip was a United flight (the flight into Beirut was through the Lebanese airline, MEA, but that is only going to apply if you are going to Lebanon, which I am guessing is not the case). Once I purchased the flight, I contacted the airline and added my pet (including. $125 fee) to the flight.
I flew during the summer, which is probably the worst time to do this. I purchased a carrier with mesh sides that allowed plenty of airflow (I think this works for some rabbits better than others; Moose does not typically chew through things, but I know that some buns do). If I had to do it again, I would also buy a little handheld fan (the battery-operated kind) because at one point we were sitting on a plane with no a/c and I was sitting there sweating and fanning him. I actually secured a little litterbox into the carrier using Velcro. In his hard-sided carrier that we use for vet trips and car rides, he uses a litterbox inside the carrier, but this time it didn’t really work (if I had to do it again, I would layer puppy training pads in the bottom of the carrier and remove them as they got soiled). The litterbox was too small and he peed over the edge, so we were a little smelly for most of the trip. No one seemed to notice or be bothered, though. I have a sensitive nose, so it probably wasn’t too terrible. I mostly noticed it when I unzipped the top to reach in an pet him, which I tried to do to help reassure him every so often (or when there were especially loud noises).
I made sure to put lots of hay in the carrier, and I put some ziplock baggies with pellets and leafy greens in the side pocket. I also brought a small water dish. I fed him the pellets gradually (it was a 24-hour trip) and whenever I was going to be able to set the carrier down for a while, I bought a bottled water and put some in the dish and set it in the carrier. He was not very interested in drinking, so I was really worried about that. During one of the layovers, I bought a plain salad at the airport and put a little sliver of carrot in the water dish. That got him to drink a little. I also fed him a little lettuce over the course of the trip.
Overall, I think it was pretty stressful for him, but he arrived safe and sound. I don’t want to have to do it again if I don’t have to. Let me know if you have questions!