5 Tips to Flying with Your Dog for the First Time

A long-haul flight is a pretty traumatic experience for any dog. Some dogs might feel sick after a plane ride due to changing temperatures and latitudes, dehydration, and fatigue.

Part of safe flying with a pet starts with you. Therefore the more you research and prepare, the smoother your journey will be. Today, we will walk you through everything you need to know about flying with your dog, for easy and safe air travel.

Check Airline Pet-procedures

Airlines have tons of rules and guidelines for pets. It is essential to check with your airline in advance to avoid any misunderstandings. In most cases, dogs travel in the cargo compartment (or cabin) of the airplane.

Research how much you have to pay for your pet to fly in the cabin with you. Pet shipping cost will depend on your dog’s weight and their crate- cost estimates are available online.

Health Check

Some animals have a harder time air traveling than others. For example, short-snouted breeds are more prone to travel-related problems.

Short-snouted breeds are usually banned from the cargo hold because their facial structure can make it hard for them to properly breath. So if you own such breed, don’t risk bringing him with you. Take a safer option of taking your pet by car even on a long drive.

Even before you get a flight ticket for your dog, schedule a visit to the vet. Get a health certificate stating that your pet is in good health to fly.

It’s expected that an airline will demand a health certificate before boarding your pet. Make sure that your dog’s health certificate is issued within 10-days of your flight.

Prep your dog

If you’re planning to sedate your dog before the flight, weigh the pros and cons with your vet, though we won’t recommend it because there are associated health risks with it. Sedatives affect heart rate, blood pressure, balance, posture, respiratory function, and response time.

Train your dog before your travel. Acclimate your pet to the kennel. Teach your pooch how to urinate and defecate in a travel litterbox. Also, train him to cope with the noises of the plane engine. The more you train and prepare them for the travel, the less stressful it will be.

Fly Directly

Choose a non-stop flight to minimize the temperature changes that your dog experiences. And if possible, fly on a weekday when airports are less hectic. You can also book an evening flight so your dog can sleep through the flight.

Book a pet-friendly hotel

In booking a hotel, you have to spend smart. Many hotels charge pet fees, and it can range from $50-$250 a day. Luckily, some hotel chains welcome pets at no extra cost. They even give free dog treats!

Try booking the Kimpton hotel on your next trip. They are not only known for their excellent customer service, but they also rank high in terms of pet-friendliness.

Making a long-distance adventure with your dog is exciting. And when you follow some of these tips, your dream of traveling with your four-legged best friend can be a reality!