Your dream destination is only a flight away, but your dog should also be kept in mind while planning your trip. Flights can be troublesome and scary for people and you should consider that for your pet too if you decide to have him on board. Check the following tips to find out how to safely fly with your dog.
Make sure to contact the airliner to find about the required papers and the procedures. Every airliner has its own set of rules concerning animal travel. Note that all airliners require health certificates for your pet in addition to proof of vaccinations.
Make sure to check the airline’s history of flying animals including incidents of lost or injured dogs.
Consider a pets-only airline as they can provide special care to your dog. Some provide climate-controlled cabins and checks on the animals periodically.
Try to find time to play with your pet or take him for a walk before the flight. The more tired your pet is, the more likely he is to rest during the trip.
Don’t make your dog start the trip on a full stomach or bladder. Note that dogs should fast for at least 6 hours before the trip. Ensure that the dog has access to water to keep hydrated but not full.
As your dog is likely to travel as cargo, the crate must be airline-approved one. Note that small dogs may be approved to travel under the seat in a crate or carrier.
Buy a carrier that has room for your pet to turn around and stand without hitting his head. Give your pet some time to get used to being in the carrier, if he hasn’t traveled before. Airlines have different crate dimension requirements. Also addcontact information to the carrier.
Note that some airlines refuse to transport animals when the weather is extremely hot or cold.
Before the flight, play with your cat or take your dog for a walk. The more tired your pet is, the more likely it is to sleep during the trip.
Consider booking a direct flight whenever possible as it will decrease the flying time and the chances that he is left on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or mishandled by baggage personnel during a layover.
If your dog isn’t flying with you in the main cabin, don’t have a big goodbye as it will upset him. And remember that if you’re calm, he’ll be so.