Flying with your dog can be a stressful experience if you have not done the proper amount of planning. In order to have a stress-free flight for yourself and more importantly, your dog, you need to make sure you have the all the necessary steps in place.
Let’s talk about the 5 steps you need to take before flying with your dog!
Before booking any tickets, research all airlines ahead of time. Each airline has different policies regarding pet travel. Generally, smaller dogs can be brought in cabin with you (in a carrier) while larger dogs will need to go under the plane in the cargo. Some even allow you and your furry friend to travel first class together.
The breed of your dog also plays a factor into whether or not an airline will transport them. For example, some airlines will not travel snub-nosed dogs, as they are likely to have breathing problems while on-board.
It’s best to contact the airline directly or visit their website and review their pet-policy. A list of popular airlines linking to their pet policies can be found below:
Ensure There Is No Separation Anxiety
Even if your dog is flying in cabin with you, you still want to make sure they have no separation anxiety. And if you plan to fly your dog in cargo, you will definitely need to work on any separation issues.
Whether your dog is small and able to fly in cabin with you, or will be going under the plan, they will need to be in crate.
If your dog isn’t used to being a crate, you will need to crate train them well in advanced to your trip so they associate their crate with feeling of happiness and relaxation. You do not want your dog to be panicking because they are not used to be in a crate, on top of being stressed out from the travel!
Contact Your Vet
If you have any questions regarding your dog and their safety while traveling, contact your vet. Do not administer any sedation to your pet without seeking out professional advice from a vet first. Sedation can lead to various complications.
Your vet will be able to offer you alternatives that are safe for your dog in terms of relaxation medication (both natural and medicinal).
Contact The Airline
Airlines can only carry a certain amount of animals in cargo, so it’s always best to contact the airline ahead of time to make sure that your dog will be able to come along on the dates you are looking to fly.
Taking these 5 steps before hopping on a flight with your dog will ensure both you and your dog will be as stress-free as possible!
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About the Author:
Dana is a Sheepadoodle owner and expat in Germany. While living in Europe, Dana and her husband always make sure that when they go on road trips, their pup Kaya gets to come along. Dana loves to highlight dog-friendly places you can travel to with your pooch so that your entire family can have fun together!