3 Things to Remember When Boarding a Flight with a Dog

Chihuahua dog in transport bag. Image by damedeeso/Depositphotos
Chihuahua dog in transport bag. Image by damedeeso/Depositphotos

Bringing your dog along on your travels or relocation may be a unique experience, but it requires some preparation, especially if you and your four-legged friends will board a plane. Here are a few things to remember so both you and your dog will be as calm and comfortable as possible during the journey.

Talk to Your Vet

The first step before flying with your pet is to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is fit and healthy to fly. If you get the go-ahead, make another appointment close to your departure date. Some airlines require a health certificate issued within 10 days of your flight.

Know Where Your Dog Will Be Seated

In the event that your dog can’t travel in the cabin with you, the airline will seat your pet in the cargo. That can be a stressful experience, so it’s important to keep your dog’s comfort a priority. Inquire about the temperature control in the cargo unit, and outside too. If your dog is elderly or has health issues, it’s necessary that they sit in the cabin.

Acclimate Your Dog to the Carrier

If you plan on moving your dog around in a carrier, purchase it in advance and start getting your pet used to the space. To help your dog develop a positive association with the carrier, feet them in for several weeks leading up to your flight.