Taking Your Pet as Excess Baggage
If you are taking a relatively uncomplicated flight to post, it may be to your advantage to take your pet along as excess baggage. Ask the travel agent to provide you with a cost comparison of excess baggage versus air freight shipment. (Remember also to save your receipts for shipment as a legitimate "moving expense" for the IRS.)
Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) website for general pet shipping information regarding air transportation.