So you’re planning to take your pooch with you on your next flight. Unfortunately, even a short trip with Fido can bring out the bark in him if not properly planned out.
Trust us when we say that you’ll do yourself and your dog a favor by following these simple tips that The Barking Lot sniffed out before you go on your next vacation.
Is Your Dog The Traveling Type?
Not all dogs love to travel. If your pet suffers from anxiety or stress then it might be a good idea for him to spend some time with friends at doggie day camp or family while you’re away. When those closest to you can’t help out, there are places that offer professional dog boarding services at a reasonable price. It may cost a little more, but at least you know that your pet is in a fun and stress-free environment where he can run and play while keeping all four paws on the ground.
Get Familiar with Airlines Kennel Requirements
If you’re planning to carry your pooch on board, find out what the airline’s rules are to ensure a safe and comfortable flight. Unless you have an emotional support dog or a service animal, he’ll probably need to be able to fit in a carrier under the seat in front of you.
Be sure you’re familiar with the height and weight regulations for your pet and his crate. Many companies require the carrier to be USDA approved and contain some type of bedding to absorb spillage and wetness.
Advance planning is important. The last thing you’d want is Fido to be stowed away in air cargo the whole trip especially if he meets the criterion for a carry-on pet.
Pet Travel Fees
Once you decide to travel with your pet, it’s best to book your flight early. Even earlier than normal – as many airlines only allow a certain number of pets aboard each flight. Remember you’ll be paying extra for your dog, so expect a $75 to $125 pet travel fee to apply each way.
There are typically 3 ways your pet can travel: In-cabin, excess baggage and live animal cargo. You may not get your first choice during the busier seasons so decide ahead of time if your dog is suited to fly as cargo.
If He Healthy Enough to Fly?
Most of the time, companies want to know that your dog is fit to travel. They may require a health certificate when a pet is in transit as cargo or baggage. That means you’ll need to set up an appointment to have your dog vaccinated at least 10 days before your trip. This keeps him and the other pet and passengers and safe and in good health.
Bring the Essentials Onboard
Pack enough food, water and treats for the entire flight. Bring along your dog’s favorite toys as well. Don’t forget medications and a coat or sweater to keep him warm while on the plane. Make sure liquids are stored in a non-spill container. Try to limit the amount of water you give him before the flight to avoid unnecessary “accidents.” Try ice cubes when in the air to keep him hydrated.
Remembering these tips will help make the time you spend away with your pet happy and more enjoyable.