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Airline Pet Policy WestJet Airlines

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Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes
Can my pet fly without me as manifest cargo? Yes

If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in WestJet pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. The carrier must have a waterproof bottom, have room for your pet to stand up and turn around, must fasten securly and have adequate ventilation.

Pets Allowed: small dogs, cats, birds or rabbits

Route Restrictions: No animals are allowed to travel in the cabin to the following destinations: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Lucia.

Reservations: You must notify WestJet Airlines that you are flying with a dog or cat. Reservations cannot be made online. There are only 4 pets permitted in the cabin per flight and one pet per passenger.

As long as allergic passengers give 48 hours advance notice of travel, the airlines must ensure a five-row minimum buffer zone between the allergic passenger and the cat in a carrier. That includes ensuring separation during boarding and deplaning as well as access to washrooms.

Carrier Requirements: If your dog, cat, bird or rabbit meets the requirements listed in WestJet Airline pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need a compliant airline pet carrier.  Maximum carrier dimensions: 16 in. L x 17.5 in. W x 8.5 in. H (40 cm x 44 cm x 21.5 cm) (height can be adjusted with soft sided carrier). Carrier must be secure with a waterproof bottom and adequate ventillation. Pet's head may not extend from carrier.

Combined weight of pet and carrier cannot exceed 22 lbs. (10kg). Hardsided carriers are not permitted.

Forms Required: Proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to flight (international flights).

If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, it is an animal other than a dog, cat, bird or rabbit, or if it is a very long flight, WestJet Airlines may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft as checked baggage according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin.

Pets Allowed: dogs, cats, birds, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, and hedgehogs. Maximum weight of 100 lbs. (45 kg) for pet and carrier combined.

Route Restrictions: Pets are not permitted to travel as checked baggage to the following locations at any time during the year: Mexico (Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo), Dominican Republic (La Romana), Costa Rica (Liberia).

Reservations: Contact WestJet to tell them you are traveling with a pet who will be checked. Maximum of 3 pets per flight (except December 11-January 10 when levels are reduced.)

Forms Required: Live Animals Handling Declaration and all forms required for destination country.

Crate Requirements: Click here for crate requirements.
Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?

Two pets of the same species may travel in the same crate as long as they are of a similiar size up to 14 kg each and known to eachother.

Breed Restrictions: Pit Bull breeds are not permitted into, out of or through the Province of Ontario.

Weather Restrictions: Pets are not permitted to travel as checked baggage between the dates of May 1 and October 30 to or from the following locations: Bahamas, Bermuda, Curacao, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos, United States (Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix and Tampa Bay)

Pets Allowed: most all domesticated pets.

Reservations: must be booked in advance and approved by WestJet. Only one cargo pet is allowed per flight. All weekend transports must be on direct flights. WestJet will not hold a pet overnight in any of its facilities.

Check-In: minimum of two hours in advance

Crate Requirements: Click here for crate requirements. Maximum weight is 160 lbs. (72.5kg). Two pets of the same species known to each other and of comparable size no more than 30 lbs. (14kg) can travel in the same crate.

Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?

Breed Restrictions: see checked baggage

Weather Restrictions: see checked baggage

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cherry.goldstein
Can I send my dog in Canada in cargo and not be on the same flight?
Posted on 2013-04-19 01:46:48.0
nancy.wilson.505
Can an 8 week old Golden not travel in cargo from Tampa, Florida during the month of June or July?
Posted on 2013-05-29 18:46:48.0
karen.kett.39
where can I get "pet declaration" stickers?
Posted on 2013-06-24 02:25:52.0
PetTravel
Try United or Delta
Posted on 2013-07-19 03:54:37.0
PetTravel
Yes, you can. You will need proof of rabies and a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. You should either drop off or pick up your pet and be the owner of record else it may become a commercial shipment.
Posted on 2013-08-05 02:30:54.0
PetTravel
You can find them here: http://www.pettravelstore.com/update-your-pet-crate-kit/ They are referred to as Live Animal Stickers, but a declaration sticker is included.
Posted on 2013-08-05 02:33:17.0
diana.m.burn
Why is the length shorter than the width of a pet carrier
Posted on 2013-11-28 17:19:30.0
pureum.kim
I will go traveling with my cat from the U.S to Canada. What health certificate should I need?
Posted on 2013-12-02 13:28:24.0
PetTravel
The length of a pet carrier should be longer than the width unless it is for a very small animal.
Posted on 2013-12-03 04:00:02.0
PetTravel
I think WestJet requirements reflect that the longest dimension of the carrier should be 17.5". Good catch.
Posted on 2013-12-03 04:03:08.0
PetTravel
Your veterinarian should have a health certificate. If not, you can find one here under Instructions and Forms: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/canada.cfm
Posted on 2013-12-03 04:04:40.0
kelly.irvine.5
Is there a way to send your pet without the owner?
Posted on 2013-12-10 01:13:32.0
PetTravel
Yes, there is. You should contact the cargo department of your airline for the cost and to make a reservation. Your pet will travel in the same compartment as it does for checked baggage.
Posted on 2013-12-12 23:51:09.0
arianitav
What if I already booked my flight through a website called cheaptickets.com on mid January and my mom just told me she bought me a puppie as a gift and I have to bring it from Ecuador (Guayaquil) to Canada (edmonton) and my flight is with American Airlines from Guayaquil to Las Vegas and with West Jet from Vegas to Edmonton, can I still bring my puppie with me?? American Airlines said is ok to bring it on their airplane, but they said I need to talk to west jet about their part
Posted on 2014-01-26 05:24:33.0
jodi.nolan.311
A breeder is shipping me a bird from Alberta to vancouver island in a couple weeks. In what weather conditions will my birds flight be cancelled ( not aloud to fly ) ? Cheers
Posted on 2014-01-31 10:35:22.0
PetTravel
Ariana - as you are changing airlines, you will most likely need to clear customs with your pet in Las Vegas, so you will need some layover time to do this. (if American and WestJet share the same terminal, and you and your puppy can stay in the secure area, then this may not be necessary.) Your puppy must be at least 8 weeks old to fly with WestJet and you need to contact them to verify that their Las Vegas to Edmonton route is not served by a codeshare partner. Dogs under 3 months are not subject to Canadian regulations, but you should carry a health certificate issued by a vet in Ecuador shortly prior to travel.
Posted on 2014-02-02 19:56:46.0
PetTravel
That is a good question for your airline, but generally, extreme heat or cold is usually the reason why the airline will not transport animals. Each airline has its limits, so contacting them would be the best thing to do.
Posted on 2014-02-02 19:59:48.0
kateszabone
I have two dogs 45 pounds each. Will I have to ship them on two separate flights?
Posted on 2014-02-23 13:12:40.0
kateszabone
Canada to Costa Rica in cargo only...
Posted on 2014-02-23 13:16:11.0
PetTravel
Hi Kate - no, you can transport them both on the same flight as long as the airline allows it. (obviously, they will be in separate crates.) If they are traveling with you as checked baggage in the hold, let the airline know of this because they limit the number of pets in the hold. If your pets are traveling as unaccompanied, then contact the cargo department of the airline. If you need requirements for traveling to Costa Rica, you can find them here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/CostaRica.cfm
Posted on 2014-02-24 21:15:29.0
kateszabone
I have contacted westjet and they do not allow pets to Costa Rica in luggage at any time of the year, and they don't have cargo to CR. So westjet is out. Air Canada okay for cargo but have said there is an embargo for CR right now and they don't know when it will be lifted.
Posted on 2014-03-01 15:14:30.0
PetTravel
Kate - where are your pets flying from?
Posted on 2014-03-03 01:48:36.0
kateszabone
From Toronto. Can't seem to find info online about the embargo. thanks!
Posted on 2014-03-04 17:14:17.0
PetTravel
Kate Szabone Not sure about the temperatures in CR right now, but if they are over 85 degrees F, then the airline is referring to the summer heat embargo. Delta and United will fly to select destinations when temperatures are this high. Also, you may want to inquire whether late night or early morning flights will permit pets. Let us know if this is what the airlines were referring to.
Posted on 2014-03-06 04:47:07.0
kasandra.martyn
I'm looking to ship my cairn terrier from Vancouver to Ottawa- I'm getign mixed information regardign the temperature and am concerned it might not be warm enough in cargo for her? Has anyoen had any experience with this? Westjet costs a lot less than Air canada- hwoever I want it to be a good experience for her.
Posted on 2014-03-10 15:20:40.0
PetTravel
Kasandra - the cargo section of any airline transporting live animals is temperature and pressure controlled like the cabin. You can discuss this with the airline when you make your reservation and also with the crew when you board. Being a proactive traveler and alerting the crew to their precious cargo is a wise thing to do.
Posted on 2014-03-22 20:51:03.0
david.bagu.5
Can I send my cat from toronto to vancouver even if I am not in the flight? If yes, What airlines will do it?
Posted on 2014-06-28 15:44:58.0
PetTravel
Hi David - WestJet does not offer cargo services. Try contacting Air Canada's cargo department to inquire. They transport unaccompanied pets.
Posted on 2014-06-30 16:36:06.0
cabocarol
I live in Mexico but have a home in Alberta Edmonton also, I would like to take my pet German Shepherd with us when we vacation to Alberta and then back to Mexico, is that possible? We are looking at traveling in September for One month.
Posted on 2014-07-05 20:15:51.0
carolyn.cole.7
I have 4 dogs. All 2 to 4 pounds. Can I bring them on the same plane?
Posted on 2014-07-09 06:49:18.0
PetTravel
Carol - it is very possible to take your German Shepherd with you when you travel from Canada to Mexico. Your pet will need proof of rabies vaccination, veterinary certificate and a ticks and tapeworm treatment shortly prior to entering the country. You can find details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/mexico.cfm. Be sure the vet certificate is bi-lingual (English/Spanish) or accompanied with a Spanish translation. In order to return to Canada, you will can use the documents you use to enter Mexico.
Posted on 2014-07-15 04:24:44.0
PetTravel
Carolyn - according to WestJet's policies, only one pet per passenger is permitted in the cabin. However, they may fly them together in the hold as checked baggage.
Posted on 2014-07-15 04:26:16.0
PetTravel
You can send your cat from Toronto to Vancouver unaccompanied on most all airlines that serve this route. You will need to contact the cargo department for details. Start with Air Canada or contact WestJet.
Posted on 2014-07-15 04:29:41.0