A dog’s first flight can be a traumatic experience both for you and the dog. Even when it is used to flying, you just never know when or what is going to trigger him to be restless. It is very important to be well prepared. The decision of flying with a dog requires a great deal of consideration and planning.
Getting your dog ready to fly is not an easy task, it is a stressful experience that will need you to start working on it at least a month prior to the travel date. During the flight, your dog needs to be as comfortable as possible and this is not easy to accomplish. You can always decide to seek the help of a professional pet transport company. However, if you are up to the task of doing it by yourself, this article is going to guide you through 10 important things that you must consider before flying with a dog.
The size of your dog is one of the major factors that is going to determine if you are going to bring him along in cabin. Most airlines have placed strict regulations when it comes to the size of pet carriers. They will only allow the dog if the pet carrier can fit comfortably under the seat in front of you.
Please also keep in mind that both the pet carrier and your dog must weigh less then 8-10 kg. The total weight depends on your specific airline company (the airline company that you are going to fly with).
If your dog can’t fly with you in cabin, you will need to send him to the hold of the plane. Flying with a dog that is in the hold can be much more traumatic for both you and the dog.
We don’t recommend flying with a dog in cabin if he has a bad temperament. It is just not worth the stress and it will be probably best to send fly him in the hold of the plane.
Most airlines won’t allow a dog on board the flight if they sense that it will cause issues and/or will discomfort the other passengers on board.
If you wish to take your dog in cabin with you, we highly recommend you train him in advance so that the airline will accept him.
Make sure to confirm with the airline the requirements of the flight crate (size and type) so that you will be allowed to take your pet. Based on their requirements, find a suitable carrier so that your dog will be comfortable in it.
IATA regulations state that the flight crate must be big enough so that your dog could stand inside without touching the top. The crate should also be long enough so that your dog will be able to lay down and turnaround comfortably.
It is important that prior to the flight, you confirm that you have all the necessary documents in order. Don’t underestimate how important your dog’s documents are. Flying with wrong or missing documents will cause you a lot of trouble.
Make sure that you get a valid health certificate from your veterinary before heading to the airport. It is important to prove that your dog has had all his shots and vaccinations and is okay to travel.
Most airline companies only have a limited number of dogs that are allowed to fly in the cabin or even in the hold. Furthermore, sometimes pets aren’t allowed if other stuff is on board the flight such as dangerous chemicals.
Flying with a dog is not cheap. Confirm with the airline the costs involved and see if you are able to afford it. You will need to pay for your dog’s flight ticket at the airport on the day of the flight.
Sedatives can have a negative effect. Sedatives are not always a good idea but it is certainly a way to calm your dog. They should only be given under the direction of your dog’s personal vet.
There are some airline companies that won’t accept a pet that has been sedated. Please make sure to check with your airline company in advance so that your dog will be accepted on the day of the flight.
We recommend you book a non-stop flight whenever possible. We really don’t have anything else to say about this.
Your dog should receive his last meal about 4-6 hours before the flight. Do not over feed him! Before entering the airport, go with your dog for a long walk so that he could empty his stomach.
Don’t have your dog drink too much water before travel. This will help avoid instances of the dog wanting to go.
You should always be prepared for the inevitable. No matter how well the dog is potty trained, just take extra precautions of lining the carrier with absorbent pads. Accidents tend to happen, especially in confined environments. The absorbent pads are going to wick away moisture to keep the dog as comfortable as possible.
The main reason for this is to shake off most of the energy the dog has so that it gets tired. This doesn’t guarantee that your dog will sleep throughout the flight but this will sure help it happen.
If you have all these checked out, then you are very well prepared to fly with your dog. Otherwise, you can always seek the services of a pet relocation company to avoid any hassles and issues.
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