The Summer is here and many families are deciding to take a family trip. Depending on where you plan on going, you could find yourself needing to fly. And because our canine companions are part of the family you might find yourself opting to bring the dog along instead of keeping him at the Kennel. If you decide you will be flying with your pooch during summer vacation, here’s some helpful tips to make the trip as easy as possible. Keep reading to learn more.
- Confirm with your airlines their policy for flying with dogs. Ask if your dog will need to be checked in as “luggage”, will have to fly in cargo hold or will be allowed in the cabin of the plane.
- Make sure your carrier or crate is safe, secure and that your pet can’t get out. One dog parent of a Bichon Frise named Mr. Snuggles, tries to always bring her beloved dog with her when she flies. She chooses to use a fabric carrier with a solid bottom made especially for smaller dogs. During the flight, she is able to take him out to sit on her lap and for Mr. Snuggles to look out the window.
- Before your trip get your dog used to his carrier by allowing Fido to associate the carrier with a safe and happy place. Put some of his favorite toys, favorite treats and a cozy blanket inside. Allow him to go in and out of the carrier at his leisure. Rember- don’t leave your dog unsupervised with rawhide chews or other chew toys.
- Pack a bag just for Fido. Remember to bring his favorite toys, treats, leash, any medications or heartworm preventative.
- Make sure that your dog’s carrier is clearly labeled with your name and your dog’s name. Include address, phone number and location of where you are flying. Indicate that there is a live animal inside. Using large, easy to see letters write “Live Animal” on the carrier.
- Always book a non-stop flight, by doing so you reduce the risk of your dog being sent on a wrong flight if you need to make a connecting flight.
- If your flight gets delayed, and your pup is in the cargo hold, let the crew know. They may be able to take him out while you wait.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and tag with accurate information.
- Lastly, avoid feeding your pup six to eight hours before flying. This will help your dog avoid developing an upset stomach.
- If your dog is prone to anxiety or you fear he may be a harm to himself, contact your veterinarian about possibly prescribing to help ease your dog’s stress.
Vacations should be a fun time for you, your family and your four-legged friends. Vacations are also a time to make happy memories that you can think back on fondly, which is why we hope that some of these tips will help make your traveling experience go as smoothly as possible.