How to prepare a dog for air travel

How to prepare a dog for air travel

If you are moving across the country or perhaps to another country you’d certainly want to take your best friend with you. Airlines do allow dogs to travel and they share general guidelines for safe pet travel, albeit most of the guidelines are government imposed. Most of them are common sense if you take a minute to think about them.

Before any air trip make certain you take your dog to the veterinarian. You will, in all likelihood, need a certificate of health. You’ll also need rabies and various other shots and the certificates of proof. So people feel it necessary to sedate their dogs for any air travel; talk to your vet about this and follow their recommendations. Sedation before travel is not a great idea for a lot of dogs so your vet always knows best.

Depending on your destination, you should be prepared to have your favorite canine quarantined. For example, if you should take your pooch to Hawaii you had better be prepared to have your dog spend 4 months at a canine clinic so that they can control all diseases that might be coming to the island. This is something you’ll need to check into and you’ll have to learn to live without them for that period. Often you’ll be able to visit your friend so that will help your separation anxiety.

Airlines, being the kind of business they are, find it necessary to charge you with an extra fee for your pet. Check with your airline with regard to the latest fees for your travelling dog because each airline has a different fee schedule.

If you are lucky, your airline might allow you to take your dog into the cabin with you if certain requirements are met. Dogs have to be smaller and while some airlines want you to have a hard case others require a soft case for travel in the cabin. Large dogs are excepted and must travel in the cargo area. Of course, service dogs can travel in the cabin regardless of their size.

When your dog is traveling in the cargo hold make certain that the carrier follows the airlines recommendations. In general, a hard sided kennel is the only accepted kind. There are international regulations that require that the carrier must be large enough for Fido to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably.

Inside the carrier include your dog’s favorite blanket; this will help give it a sense of security. Perhaps include small chew toy but one that is expendable. Have containers that hook to the inside of the container that can contain food and water.

If you get in touch with your airline early enough and learn all their rules and supply all documents requested of you then your air travel experience can be as pleasant as possible. Everyone will be happier including your favorite friend.


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