Wouldn’t trips be more exciting with your best furry buddy in tow?
It is perhaps every pet owner’s dream to travel with their dog. However, bringing a dog on a plane comes with several challenges. You need to be prepared and ensure that your dog is fit for travel.
This is one of the most common questions pet parents have. Is it safe for a dog to fly?
Any new environment can potentially cause stress to your dog. Just as how humans sometimes feel uncomfortable on board a plane, dogs may also feel anxious. For one, their ears are more sensitive. Any loud or unusual sound may cause them to feel stressed.
If your dog can fit under the chair, then you may be able to take him to the cabin with you. But if your dog is large, the only option is to have him as cargo.
There are cases when dogs get injured or worse, die, during flights, And it’s a lot harder if your dog is on cargo as you can’t check on him.
Also, you’ll want to consider your dog’s temperament. If he loves barking, then it may not be a good idea to take him on a plane ride with you.
Rules vary from one carrier to another. Ensure that the airline allows pets in their flights. Check as well their height and weight restrictions. Since there are airlines that require health certificates for your dog, it may be best to see you veterinarian before your flight. Keep a soft copy of all important documents so when needed, you can present them to authorities with ease.
The costs involved in air travels with a dog vary per airline. Other factors, such as the weight of your dog and his kennel, can also affect the fees. Note that if you’re able to take your dog in the cabin, he and his carrier will serve as your carry-on. That means you will only be allowed one more bag to take with you on the plane. The rest has to go through the cargo.
Don’t force your dog to fit in a small kennel just so you can take him to the cabin with you. Always consider the height, weight, and width of your furry buddy. Also, invest in a high-quality kennel that will help keep your dog protected. See if there’s adequate ventilation, too.
If your dog has to be in a kennel and loaded in cargo, you’ll want to label the kennel with your information and your dog’s too. Attach a photo of your dog outside the kennel so the airline personnel will find him faster in case he gets lost (better to be prepared). Also, put a clear sign that says there’s a live animal on the kennel. Write instructions, too, on how the kennel should be handled. Lay an absorbent material on the kennel floor in case your dog has accidents.
Shorten the travel time, if possible. Choose a direct flight for you and your dog. It’ll probably cost more, but this will also prevent your dog from getting lost in transit. Rather than getting transported from one cargo to another, your furry baby will only have to stay in a single place throughout your travel. Also, you’ll want to reduce the tendencies of your dog being mishandled.
Think of sedation as a last resort, something you need not do if your dog seems well. Sedation may cause your dog breathing problems and may only make the flight uncomfortable for him. Also, if a dog is under sedation, you need to keep an eye on him, which, you will be unable to do if you’re separated.
Hours before your flight, take your dog to long walks with you. This will help exhaust their energy so once you get on the plane, they’ll only rest and sleep. You’ll want to keep track of the time, though. You need to get to the airport early to give yourself and your dog time for last minute arrangements.
This may sound cruel, but your dog should be able to do fine without anything to eat or drink for a few hours. If you want, you can give them an ice cube or frozen water. If your dog is too full during a flight, this may only lead to discomfort.
Wouldn’t it be fun to travel with your dog? Yes, it is. But you and your dog need to be well-prepared for it. If you can’t bring your dog, consider hiring a dog sitter. Your dog will not be alone and you can always check on him anytime you want.