How to Fly a Dog on an Airplane

Updated: February 23, 2019 at 3:46 pm, Author: Alice

We understand it: you love your dog and would want to take him wherever you go. And in most cases, this is perfectly feasible. Many establishments are now more willing to accommodate pet owners so there is no longer any need to leave the dog at home.

Dog travelling in an airport

Unfortunately, this does not apply to flying. Bringing pets along on a flight can still be a hassle and you may have to jump through hoops just to keep the experience hassle-free. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to fly somewhere but don’t want to leave your dog behind, you need to keep the following things in mind:

Find the Right Size Carrier

Airline companies are obviously very strict when it comes to the size of things you bring along. Pet carriers are no exception. While different airlines have different policies, most of them require carriers to be between 16 to 19 inches long and 10 inches tall. You want your dog to be comfortable, but make sure you don’t bring a carrier too large for the airline’s restrictions.


Get a Health Certificate from Your Vet

Not all airlines require pets to have a health certificate from the vet. But getting one does not cost much, and it is always better to err on the side of safety, so try to get your dog to the vet and get a certificate ahead of time. This certificate proves that the dog has had all of his shots and vaccinations, and does not have any contagious diseases that can be passed on to other passengers.


Pack Some Treats

Your dog could get bored during the flight, so it’s best to pack some treats that will keep him busy for a while. The best treat to bring along is a bunch of bully sticks. These beef chews are perfect because they do double duty as snacks and chew toys. The 12 inch bully sticks are particularly recommended, because they last a long time. Additionaly, they won’t inconvenience other passengers because they are completely digestible and odor free.


Take Your Dog for a Walk Before Leaving

This last tip may require a bit of work out of you as well, but it will be worth it: take your dog for a long walk before you leave for the airport or before you get on the plane. This will leave the dog so tired that he may end up sleeping all throughout the flight.

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