Last Updated on June 12, 2017
Of course, you love your pooch and would like to take them with you everywhere. The good news is that it’s possible to easily take your fluffy friend with you on a flight.
However, whether you’re just going on a short vacation out of town or moving across the country, there are regulations, policies, and tips that you should be aware of in order to ensure having a wonderful trouble-free travel time with your pup.
1. There isn’t just One Way to Bring Your Dog on a Flight
The first method is to send your furry friend in cargo, which is often not a perfect option but large dog breeds won’t be able to ride in the cabin.
The second way is inside a crate placed under the seat in front of you, which a good option for smaller pups.
And the third is that in case your dog is a service animal, then you perhaps know all the regulations.
2. It’s Better to Book Early
Almost all flights can allow only up to 2 pets in the cabin. However, exceptions can be made for service animals.
You should book your flight early and make sure to inform the airline, so you can avoid any problems, such as being kicked out from the plane.
Also, remember to visit your airline’s website or contact the customer service for further information.
Or you may consider visiting www.dogjaunt.com, a website specialized in dog travel and will help you compare various policies before booking your flight. Keep in mind that rules can vary, depending on each airline.
3. You’ll Have to Pay a Dog Fee
Your dog will need their own ticket, even inside a crate under the chair. You’ll have to pay between $75 and $150 for a one-way flight and don’t forget to check the pet policy of your airline before paying.
In case you’ll need to travel with your pooch on a regular basis, there is only one airline offering reward points for bringing your pup along, it’s JetBlue.
4. There are Dog Size and Breed Regulations
Similar to carry-on luggage, your pup will need to fit the regulations considering their weight, shape, and size.
The majority of companies allow dogs up to 15 pounds on board, some may go higher though.
However, if you have a Pug or Frenchie, you should know that most airlines don’t allow short-nosed dogs due to their potential breathing issues.
5. Label Everything
You should label every single thing. It’s ok if your pup doesn’t want to wear a collar at home but things are different during a flight.
Even unimportant characteristics should be appropriately tagged for identification.
This is particularly necessary if your pooch will be separated from you during flight while they’ll be waiting in the cargo hold.
6. Your Dog Will Have to Stay Crated for the Entire Flight
Your pup will have to stay in their crate for the whole travel time, be it a ten-hour or a two-hour flight.
So you should be prepared to refrain from wanting to take them out to play or cuddle.
Well, not all the humans on the plane are such animal lovers and some of them may be scared or even allergic to your beloved dog.
Don’t forget the water and pee pads.
7. Time Your Dog’s Meals and Potty Breaks
You should feed your dog 4 to 6 hours before the flight to ensure that they will have enough time to digest and get relieved before you step into the airport.
In case you are on a very long flight, you may want to offer them a tiny snack when you’re about to land.
But you should be aware that nobody wants to deal with a surprise poop in the middle of a flight.
8. Dog Drugs aren’t Always an Ideal Option
You should be aware that some tranquilizers can cause cardiovascular and respiratory issues as your dog experiences high-altitude pressures.
Always discuss with your vet any medications and vaccinations in advance and don’t forget to get a health certificate within 10 days of departure because you’ll have to present it to security at the airport.
9. Landing is Not the End
Make sure to do your research about your destination before taking your pup along.
You need to consider every detail, from finding a dog-friendly hotel to the transportation from the airport to your accommodation.
Also, keep in mind that several foreign countries don’t allow pets inside shops, restaurants, or museums, even if they are service animals.
Get to know the local restrictions and customs to be able to enjoy the trip with your pooch as much as possible.