As an experienced capybara owner, one of the frequent questions I have received was if capybaras can travel with their owners in cars or planes. The direct answer to that question is yes! – of course, your pet capybara can travel with you without giving you problems as long as you follow the right steps.
Traveling with a pet capybara is an experience you can’t forget in a hurry. They are cute creatures and always excited to view new locations, but you have to ensure you’re doing it the right way when out on the road.
It might not be that smooth at first, but capybaras are considerate travel companions and they can easily adapt to their surroundings.
Below are steps and considerations that will make the journey fun, easy, and safe for your capybara and you.
Steps Involved In Traveling With A Capybara
1. Determine if it is legal for you to travel with your capybara.
Once you have decided that traveling with your capybara is the right option for you, it is important to determine whether or not it is legal for you to do so. Capybaras are illegal in some countries, and if you are caught illegally transporting them into such a country, there may be steep fines attached.
In addition, many airlines will not allow capybaras to travel as cargo. If this applies to your situation, you will have to look into other options, such as renting a van or driving yourself. Additionally, many countries require pets to undergo specific procedures before being allowed inside the country.
Some of these include requiring the animal to be healthy enough to travel; vaccinated against certain diseases; registered with an approved veterinarian; and microchipped.
While delicate pet transportation may seem daunting at first glance, while many people might think of it as just another chore on top of preparing all their own belongings, traveling with your capybara can actually be a bonding experience that brings you two closer together.
2. Make sure the airline allows animals
A good place to start is your airline’s pet policy. All airlines allow service animals (those trained to provide aid for individuals with disabilities), but most require documentation from a licensed doctor and proof that the animal has been trained to assist the passenger in some way.
Some airlines have different policies for other types of animals, so it’s wise to check before you purchase your tickets. Most airlines allow small pets to ride in the cabin as long as they’re not disruptive and you can fit them into an approved pet carrier (usually around 9x12x17 inches).
If you want your capybara on a flight, make sure it will fit in one of these carriers.
3. Make sure your pet is healthy
To ensure a smooth and successful trip, you’ll need to get a health certificate from your local vet. This document will show that your pet is healthy enough to travel; you may also hear it called a certificate of veterinary inspection.
It is important that your pet is checked for diseases, parasites, and dental issues before traveling.
4. Get all the necessary shots and documents
Before flying with your capybara, be sure they’re up-to-date on their shots. Call your local veterinarian to ask what shots are recommended for traveling pets and make an appointment as needed.
Also, be sure to check with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to see if your pet needs a health certificate. A lot of the time, they will require one if you are traveling outside of the country or even leaving the state.
Finally, be sure to check with the country you are traveling to (if applicable) to see if they have any special requirements. You can do this by visiting their website or calling their embassy in Washington, D.C.
Once all these criteria have been met, it’s as simple as booking your ticket!
5. Choose an appropriate pet carrier
When choosing a pet carrier, consider your pet’s size, weight, and temperament. Plan for your pet’s comfort and not your own. Consider how secure the carrier is. And finally, consider how easy it is to open and close.
6. Book a flight with a longer layover
When booking your flight, looking for a shorter one with fewer layovers may be tempting. However, when traveling with a capybara, you should consider how this might affect your pet. Capybaras are very sensitive to heat and can die of heatstroke in high temperatures.
You will be responsible for the animal’s health in your care, so it’s important to search for pleasant flights for both you and your capybara. This means avoiding layovers that land in hot destinations, even if it means adding time to your trip!
Additionally, remember that capybaras are very expensive animals and can cost upwards of $10k each. Suppose you plan on traveling with them frequently or have more than one Capybara who needs transportation. In that case, investing in an RV or other vehicle specifically used for their comfort during long drives might make sense.
7. Keep it quiet (and cool)
There’s no doubt that capybaras are adorable but can be a bit delicate. It’s important to keep them comfortable and safe during travel, so keep the temperature low and keep an eye out for loud noises.
Since they’re big animals, capybaras will need much room to stretch out while traveling.
8. Pack some food and water
Bringing along adequate amounts of food and water is essential. You don’t want your capybara to get thirsty or hungry during the flight, so make sure you pack enough food and water to last the duration of the flight and a little bit more in case you get delayed.
It’s also a good idea to bring a travel water bowl that can easily be set up on the tray table in front of your seat.
Besides food and water, it’s always nice to include some small treats your pet likes. Bring one of their favorite treats, toys, or blankets to help keep them entertained and comforted during the journey!
Other Things To Consider When Traveling
When traveling with a capybara by plane, you need to contact the airline and ask them what to do. Some will require a letter from your vet saying that it’s okay for your capybara to fly and that he is healthy at the time of takeoff. You may also need a permit issued by US Fish & Wildlife.
The carrier has enough room for the capybara to stand up, turn around, lie down, sit up, and bend her legs (as if she were sitting). It should preferably be made out of mesh so she can see out. The carrier should be locked or fastened shut so it won’t open accidentally during the flight. Capys are escape artists!
Most airlines want the carrier under your seat, but some will allow you to put it in an overhead compartment or storage area. A lot depends on how big your capybara is and how much legroom you have under your seat.
You’ll have to carry food and water for her with you on board and any medications or supplements she needs.
Traveling with a pet capybara is not as hard as it might appear initially. The process will be much easier on average than traveling with a dog or cat.
One of the first things you need to consider is what type of carrier will work best for this trip. The great part about traveling with a capybara is that they are very easygoing animals and can be easily trained to walk on a leash.