Our dogs are like our children. We dote on them, want the
best for them, and often bring them everywhere with us.
However, flying with a small dog can be quite the
undertaking! There are ways to prepare your precious pet for
flights without the stress.
Preparation: Before you leave, make sure
your Pet is up-to-date on all his or her shots and
medicines. Traveling exposes your pet to different germs, so
make sure you’ve taken him or her to the vet before your
trip. Get Scruffy treated for fleas, and make sure he’s in
tip-top health. Also make sure your pet is the right size to
fly – many airlines have a 25 pound limitation for carry-on
crates. If you pet needs to diet, find out well in advance.
Pack Appropriately: It’s the little
things that mean comfort – for your dog, too. Be sure to
pack a favorite coat or blanket if you’re traveling to
cooler climates. Bring enough of your pet’s particular brand
of food, as toy dogs are sometimes more picky than their
larger counterparts. Most importantly – don’t forget to
bring a leash. More and more airports have dog-friendly
areas, and you won’t want to keep your pet locked in his or
her crate simply because you forgot the leash.
Carrier: This is an extremely
important purchase. Your pet will be in the crate for long
stretches at a time, so make sure it is tall enough for the
pooch to stand up in and turn around, but the right size to
fit under the airline seats, as well. Include a favorite
blanket for comfort, and be sure to acclimate your pet to
the carrier well before the trip. Place your pet in it for
short stretches, gradually working up to longer and longer
periods. Take your dog in the crate on short car trips, and
try a practice trip (to a hotel, or a friends’ house) to
make sure there won’t be any in-flight freak outs.
Dog Travel In the Air: If you feel
comfortable, ask your veterinarian about a light
tranquilizer for your pet. If he or she can sleep through
the flight, everyone will be happier. Give the tranquilizer
a test run before the trip, as some dogs may become sick or
more anxious as the drug kicks in. If it works, sit back,
relax, and enjoy your flight.
When Panic Happens: If your pet does
become anxious on the flight, begins barking or chewing, do
not panic. Your anxiety will only tell your pet that there
is something to worry about. Try draping a light coat or
blanket over the crate – don’t tuck it in, ensure that air
can still flow to your pet. The darkness may be soothing and
send him right to sleep. If your dog is disturbing other
passengers, ask a flight attendant for help. They may be
able to place you in a quieter area – they are there to
help, and have probably dealt with this situation before.
Most Important Advice of All!
Above all, do not take your pet out of his or her crate
while on board the plane. This will get you and your pet in
trouble with the flight crew, and if your dog happens to
escape, it will be extremely difficult to find him in the
cramped cabin. Wait until you are on the ground and in an
approved pet area before letting your pet out on a leash.
The airlines will appreciate it, and your pet will too –
unfamiliar areas will only frighten your pet more.
Please visit our
Frequently Asked Questions Page for more info.
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We specialize in stress-free pet travel services!
Seeking the professional pet relocation service of Animal
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your pets on the ground or in the air.
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