Pets are members of the family and that means sometimes, we want to take them on our vacations. Having a dog with you while traveling can be a challenge, though, because they require additional care and attention. Many airlines allow dogs to travel in the cabin (assuming they meet weight limits) or as cargo. But whether you’re flying cross-country or just going on a quick weekend trip, it’s important to research your airline’s rules before you book your flight so that you are prepared for an enjoyable journey with man’s best friend!
Weigh your options.
Once you’ve decided to bring your pet with you, there are a few things to keep in mind before booking a flight. First, check the airline’s pet policy. Does it allow pets in cabin? Is there an extra charge for this? Some airlines do not allow pets in the cabin, but will accommodate your dog if it is carried on board as cargo. If so, what size is the carrier and how much does it cost? If they don’t allow pets at all, consider flying with another airline or driving instead!
Second, make sure that your dog can fit under the seat in front of yours—this may require some creative packing on your part!
Third, determine whether you need to book early enough to be able to get an aisle seat (or at least a window seat). Sometimes this means paying extra if space is limited; sometimes it doesn’t matter at all because seats are not assigned until just before departure time anyway.
When you’re ready to pack, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that you’ll need a carrier that’s airline-approved—which means it has a metal frame and proper ventilation for your pet. Other essentials include:
- A blanket or towel to keep your dog warm
- A water bowl and some snacks (in case the flight is delayed)
- A toy or two (and maybe even one of those chew toys)
- First aid kit (just in case)
Of course, you’ll also want to bring along the usual travel items like toothpaste, deodorant and contact lens solution. And don’t forget your leash—it will come in handy if you leave behind any other items at security!
Be prepared to show proof of your dog’s current health and vaccination records.
Before you leave for the airport, make sure you have all of your dog’s records in hand. The most important documents are:
- Proof of current vaccinations (rabies, distemper and parvovirus) and microchipping
- Rabies certification (this should have been done by a veterinarian within the last 12 months)
- A spay/neuter certificate (if applicable)
- License information that includes your address and phone number(s) as well as those of your pet’s vet(s)
If your pet has been properly licensed in another state, many airlines can accept that license as long as it is not older than one year. If this is the case, be sure to bring along any documents needed to establish proof of ownership such as an adoption certificate or original bill of sale.
Make sure your pup is well-behaved.
- Make sure your pup is well-behaved.
Dogs can be very distracting to other passengers, and this is especially true if they’re barking or whining. So if you have a canine who likes to bark or whine when you fly, it may be best not to bring them along on your trip.
Know the airline rules, and what could happen if you don’t comply with them.
Although it’s possible to fly with your dog under the right circumstances, you need to be aware of what the rules are and how they will impact you. Each airline has different rules regarding how big your dog can be and whether or not he or she needs to be in a carrier. Some airlines also have restrictions on breeds that may not be allowed on their flights at all. If you don’t adhere to these rules, you could end up paying more money or being unable to fly with your dog at all.
Some airlines require that dogs must fit comfortably under the seat in front of them, while others allow larger dogs as long as they fit in an approved carrier that can go under the seat (or next to it). It’s important that you know ahead of time if there are any size restrictions so that there aren’t any surprises when boarding time comes around!
Choose a carrier that fits comfortably under the seat in front of you.
- Check airline regulations before choosing a carrier. Most airlines require that your dog travel in an approved carrier and you should know the rules of your airline before booking flights.
- Choose a carrier that fits comfortably under the seat in front of you. You want to choose a carrier that will fit under your seat, so it’s important to measure both your dog and yourself before purchasing one! Be sure not to pick something too big or heavy because they can be difficult to carry around the airport or train station after checking them through security at the ticket counter (if applicable).
- Make sure it’s well ventilated and secure. The most important thing is making sure there are holes for ventilation if necessary, but also make sure there are no sharp edges or points sticking out from any sides where they could potentially injure themselves if moved around during turbulence on an airplane/train etcetera – this includes zippers/buttons too! Also ensure there’s nothing blocking access into case anyone needs help inside during emergency situations like fires etcetera – this includes things like straps being tied together securely without slack space between them which could cause harm if pulled hard enough against their paws inside their own body weight plus gravity pulling down on top of them with nowhere else left where air molecules could go except out through those tiny little holes behind those round metal bars covering up all six sides because only three side walls were exposed when closed up fully…
Consider purchasing pet insurance to protect against injury or loss.
Insurance is a great way to protect your pet in case of injury or loss. Pet insurance works much like human health insurance, with the goal being to provide financial protection for you and your furry family member in the event of unexpected health issues.
- What is pet insurance?
- Why should I get it? What does it cover?
- How do I find the right company?
- What are some things to watch out for when shopping for pet insurance?
Check in early if you need assistance with boarding or deplaning
Check in early if you need assistance with boarding or deplaning.
If your dog is large, or if he/she isn’t good with other dogs—or even people!—you may want to board the plane first so that the flight attendants can assist with getting him/her settled. Also, since most airlines have a limit on how many animals are allowed on each plane (usually two), this can help ensure that there’s room for everyone to sit comfortably.
If you don’t check in early, and find out that there’s no space for your pet when it comes time for your flight, don’t worry. Most airlines allow pets as checked baggage if they’re traveling without their owners which means they’ll be transported in luggage compartments rather than under seats like other passengers’ carry-on bags.
Traveling with dogs can be a challenge but it can also be a great adventure
Traveling with dogs is about more than just making sure Fido doesn’t soil your seat. It can be a great adventure for you and your pup, and it can also be a great way to meet people from all over the world.
Here are some tips for flying with your dog:
- Make sure your pet has a carrier that fits under the seat in front of yours. If he or she will be sitting in an overhead bin, check out this article on how to choose the right size carrier.
- Pack water bottles and food dishes (if needed). If you’re worried about having enough room in your luggage compartment, there are collapsible bowls available online that take up little space but offer plenty of water for thirsty dogs! Some airlines allow passengers to bring pets into the cabin if they have an airline-approved travel crate; these crates fold into themselves so they can easily stow under airplane seats without taking up valuable space inside overhead bins where other passengers’ carry-on bags might go if there already isn’t enough room for everyone’s belongings at any given time during flight hours.”
With careful consideration and some preparation ahead of time, you can make sure your dog is comfortable on the flight and that you both get to your destination safely. Traveling with dogs can be a challenge but it can also be a great adventure so go out there and have fun!