Flying With A Pet? Here Are 5 Important Tips

flying with a pet

Last Updated on April 7, 2021

Flying with a pet? Wanna explore the world with your furry friend? Nothing and no one can stop you. Can you fly with a pet? YES, you can! The chances of you being scared that you and your pet are in the plane somewhere are pretty high, but worry not! Once you get used to it, it will be a piece of cake.  Every year, millions of animals fly in and out of the country, and the accidents are very rare. Most animals make it safe, happy, and excited, and a big part of its safety starts with you.  Here are a few tips that will help you be more prepared to hop on that flight with your four-legged friend comfortably. 

1. Talk to your veterinarian

When flying with a pet, the first thing you should do is to stop by your vet to see if your dog is in good health to fly. Even when the vet gives you the green light to do it, make sure to make another appointment close to the departure date. You can then check with the airline to determine which documents are necessary for the trip.

2. See if your dog’s breed is restricted

Many airlines put restrictions on pet breeds, both dogs and cats. Breeds like Boxers, Boston terriers, and bulldogs are restricted to fly with many airlines. However, a few will allow them on the plane as long as they are in the cabin with you. But, just so you won’t be falling into any misunderstandings or issues before flying with a pet, talk to the airline.

3. Book a plane in advance

In case you don’t know, the majority of airlines allow only a specific number of pets on the flight, so it’s best to book early and guarantee a seat for your pouch, especially if you are flying internationally. Also, the preparations to fly with your pet can also take months to prepare. 

4. Kennel train

It’s necessary to purchase a kennel beforehand and start training your dog to love it and get used to it. Your pet must understand that being in a kennel for long hours is a positive thing to protect him from any anxiety or trauma when being in the air.