Are you planning a long trip that requires air travel? If you do not want to leave Fido behind, be aware of all the requirements involved with your decision. Some people even prefer to find a babysitter for their dogs, instead of going through all the nuisances associated with dogs on planes. Here are the things you must be aware of when you embark an aircraft with your dog in tow.
Check each airline’s requirements
No matter what general advice you may get from online sources and not only, not one piece of information can be more valuable than this: check the requirements stated by each airline because those are the most important. Is it possible to take your dog in the cabin with you? What is the maximum weight allowed? Will your dog be considered your carry-on luggage?
Learn about the prices
Your dog will require transportation and, as a result, you will be charged for it. The rates can vary quite significantly from one airline to another. Also, you may find that some accept that you pay the fee for your dog when you embark your flight, and not when you book. These details are essential, for a headache-free trip with your dog.
The prices can be higher for dogs that are transported as cargo. If you have a large breed dog, this may be the only way to have him or her with you on a plane. The dog crate you will use in the cabin, if that is allowed, should be small enough to fit under another seat located in front of you. As you can easily imagine, this will be hardly the case for a large breed dog.
Some airplanes may offer dog kennel options, but be aware that such high-class arrangements come with a hefty price. If you don’t want to end up spending the cost of another whole ticket, you might be content with the cargo option.
Your dog should be healthy and fit for travel
Airlines usually require that you have proof from your veterinarian that your dog is healthy, and that must be submitted several days before your flight. Also, be aware that some dog breeds, like those known to have difficulties breathing at high altitudes, may not be allowed on a plane at all.
Offer your dog the same conveniences as at home
Your dog may become stressed during flight, and it is up to you to make this experience as manageable as possible.
The crate or kennel you will use should offer the desired level of comfort, so placing an absorbent layer on the bottom is a must; it will keep the cage clean, and your dog will have something soft to sit on.
Make sure your pet has enough food and water for the duration of the flight. Also, the cage must be well ventilated. Attach a label on the crate with your address, in case there is a mix-up with the luggage. All these measures will ensure that your dog will have a comfortable experience.