Dog owners should be aware that many airlines have changed their rules on animal movement over the past year. So, here is a list of things you need to know before flying with your dog.
Dog Travel Health Checklist
If flying is the way forward for you and your student, be sure to set aside time to collect the necessary paperwork, get your dog’s medical records up to date, and fulfill any other requirements.
See below for our information on flights and dogs. In addition to meeting these requirements, be sure to:
Arrange a doctor’s appointment for 7-10 days before departure so that you can get tested and make sure they have adequate mobility, as well as receive any necessary immunizations and incentives, as well as a rabies certificate. Even if such a certificate is not a compulsion where you are going, it is a good idea to have it, in case something goes wrong.
Medications! Buy and pack any medication your dog will need during the trip, including heart pesticides and fungicides. If your dog is on any prescription, it is a good idea to bring a copy of it and keep a picture of it on your phone if you run out or the drug is misleading as you go.
Similarly, if your dog eats food prescribed by a doctor or is sensitive to food, be sure that he will be able to eat it wherever you go. It could mean packing enough food for the trip, taking a signed copy of their food prescription, or looking online for places where you can buy food at your destination.
Are you worried about anxiety? We advise you to discuss your plans with your veterinarian to find out how to manage any of the dog’s nerves while traveling and consider other treatments such as collars and t-shirts against anxiety. If you and your veterinarian decide that your dog needs medication and you should try a new-to-pup med, be sure to test it for side effects or unusual reactions a few days before departure.
Take special care if you are traveling with a brachycephalic (or shorter) type. Being confined can cause anxiety that can exacerbate these conditions. Discuss your travel plans with your veterinarian – it would be much safer not to fly with your dog. Also, note that most airplanes will not allow these dogs to travel carrying luggage.
Please do not feed your dog for about six hours before the trip, but give them bottled water.
Preparing to Travel With Your Dog: Checklist for Aviation and Travel Requirements
Separation, vaccination, vaccination records, and health certificates: what are the requirements for your destination, flight, and departure point for a return trip? Be sure to check in advance, collect the appropriate records, and set aside time to make the necessary arrangements – and review any travel terms, too.
Find an air-conditioner that fits the size of your aircraft. Your dog will always have to carry the flight time, so they must be comfortable and able to stand, sit, and turn to the boss. Carriers for dogs walking in this room will have to fit under the front seat – check the details of your flight for the correct size.
If you bring your dog to a central room, your supervisor will count on your baggage allowance at most airlines.
Many airlines state that your pet must behave responsibly (not to roar, bark loudly, or make disturbing noises or smells) and that we have the right to refuse a trip to alarming pets. Consider getting your dog’s CGC title before the trip.
Inform your airline before departing that you will bring a dog. It is always a good idea to communicate directly with the airline about delivering the animal, as some airlines have many animals allowed per flight. It is also an excellent opportunity to check if there are any regulations you may have missed.
Try to find direct flights where possible.
In the summer, try to fly early in the morning or in the evening, especially when traveling in hot weather. In winter, try to book flights during the day. At certain temperatures, dogs may be allowed to fly with luggage or other luggage.
Selecting Appropriate Animal Carrier
Generally, if your pet owner (and your pet inside) can get under the seat in front of you, your dog can board the room on planes that allow you. Generally, this would be a dog weighing up to 20 pounds [20 kg]. Ask your airline to verify specific requirements.
Follow these general guidelines when choosing a pet handler:
Pets should be able to stand and sit, usually turn and lie down in the natural environment of their company without touching the sides or above the manager.
Sturdy, immortal dog kennels will not exceed the size of the lower seat of any plane on your journey. A booking desk can guarantee your maximum size depending on your flight.
Dog kennels with small folding cases can be larger but still need to fit under the seat without too much demolition of the manager. These carriers should be protected, secured, waterproof, and ventilated, at least on both sides.