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You may think twice when flying with your pet

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—The summer months are known for being the busiest time for airlines and veterinarians say the worst time for animals to travel.

From May 2005 to May 2010 144 animals died during flight according to the Department of Transportation.

Veterinarian, Patricia Lyons, says there are many reasons why animals don't do well while traveling on airplanes especially during the summer months.
It's hard to regulate temperature in cargo and in the holding area leaving some pets with the possibility of being too hot. 
If your pet's kennel isn't secure, they can fall apart and your animal can get loose.
And your pet is stuck in a cage for the extent of the flight.

Veterinarians suggest researching airlines before flying.  Find out which one fits the needs of your pet.  They also say to think about leaving your pet with a sitter.