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Why a veterinary checkup is needed before flying a pet

Air travel can be physically and psychologically stressful for pets, and a veterinarian should evaluate pets before flying for respiratory, cardiac and other medical conditions that could be exacerbated by air travel, says AVMA President Dr. John Howe. Pets should be crate-trained before flying, and owners should check the AVMA's website for other travel-related best practices and rules.

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