Dog owners who go on business trips or take vacations have to decide whether to board their dog in a kennel or take the dog with them.
For many dog owners, leaving their animals behind is not an option; they want the animal to accompany them, even if it means flying with a dog.
If you are flying with your dog you will want to plan a direct flight to their destination, if possible. This will shorten flight time and help to reduce your dog’s time in the animal-transportation carrier.
If an overseas trip has been planned, there may be quarantine regulations that must be considered. You’ll need to bring a certificate showing the dates of the shots your dog has had. Ask the airline what their requirements are.
Calling the airline in advance will enable you to discuss any requests or requirements that you may have.
If you’re sending your dog by cargo, it is imperative to make sure that the cargo compartment of the airplane is pressurized, so that the animal will have oxygen and be warm enough while traveling. Read cargo compartment dangers
There are different types of pet carriers used by the various airlines. Contact the airline and ask them if they have a carrier for your dog.If not, inquire what the regulations are from the airline you are traveling on, pertaining to the carriers dimensions you will be providing.
Some dogs need mild tranquilizers to help them remain calm while flying. Discuss this with your vet.
When the flight day arrives, you should plan to start the day early. This will give you enough time to exercise the dog, allow the animal to ‘go potty,’ and help your dog become comfortable in the carrier.
An implanted ID (microchip) is also a good idea, but must be obtained via a veterinarian prior to the trip. After you release the dog and carrier to the airline, you need to request confirmation your dog has been securely and safely loaded onto the plane. Then you also need to verify, with an airline representative, that your dog is on the right plane.
After you arrive at the intended destination, you should immediately tell a flight attendant and an airline representative in the airport that your dog is on board.
Dog owners who follow the above guidelines will be well-prepared when they are flying with their dog. They will ensure the dog’s safety. In addition, the dog will be more at ease and less likely to experience fear or anxiety during an airline flight.
Flying with a dog can be a great experience if precautions are taken to prepare ahead of time.
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