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Tips for Flying With Your Dog

Written by Melissa Keen

With the summer FINALLY approaching, you’ve likely started thinking about booking your summer holiday.

And if you’re thinking of jetting abroad with your faithful pup, it’s time to start preparing yourself (and your pooch) for the flight.

Flying with your dog needn’t be an ordeal; there are several things you can do to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight for all.

Will Your Pet Be OK?

You know your dog better than anyone, so you should know roughly how your dog will handle a trip abroad. Dogs that are anxious, elderly or have medical conditions might not be suitable for flying. If you know your dog won’t like the flight, it might be best to leave them home to be looked after by a friend/family member instead.

Some dog breeds such as Pugs or Bulldogs are not permitted on certain airlines due to their difficulty breathing. Some airlines also do not permit dogs that are too large. Before flying, check with your airline to see if there are any restrictions you should be aware of.

Do Your Research

Depending on where you are going, your dog may need specific documentation. Your dog will need to be at least 8 weeks of age to travel, and you may need certain vaccinations. Check with your vet and always check with the airlines’ rules and regulations to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Your pet will need a passport if you’re flying overseas. Some places require for your pet to be quarantined; do your research.

Book Your Flight

Try to book your flight as soon as possible as some airlines have restrictions on how many pets they allow to be on each flight. Try to book a flight with no stops so you don’t have to switch planes; this will avoid upsetting your dog as much as possible.

Be sure to take temperatures into consideration. Check the airlines’ temperature guidelines and try to fly when the temperatures are most comfortable for your dog.

Pet Crate

Ensure your dog is used to pet carriers and crowded places with plenty of people. Airports are busy, loud places and you want to ensure your dog is ready for this.

Your Flight Checklist

  1. Take your dog for a long walk before the flight to burn off energy – hopefully, this will help them to sleep for the duration of the flight.
  2. Feeding your dog just before the flight is a bad idea as it could lead to an upset stomach.
  3. Ensure your dog is wearing their collar and that their ID tag is up to date.
  4. Have you packed your dog’s essentials? This includes their leash, bowls, food, any medication and toys, and a blanket (a familiar blanket is ideal to put in their crate with them).
  5. Make sure to inform all the airline staff that you are flying with your dog.
  6. Make sure you have all your dog’s information, plus a recent photo of your dog, with you at all times.
This pet carrier by House of Paws is ideal for flying

About the author

Melissa Keen