There will be a few limitations when traveling with him, but our tips will help you prepare.
Check the Airline’s Rules
Traveling by plane isn’t extremely comfortable for humans OR pets. If your pet isn’t small enough to be carried on or taken in the cabin, be prepared for extra steps and concerns. First, check the airline’s rules for bringing your four-legged friend on board. American Airlines, for example, will not accept brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs, due to possible breathing complications. You’ll find links to other airline policies at BringFido.com.
Book as Early as Possible
Very few pets are accepted on each flight, so book as early as you can. Also, be sure your dog can get on the flight before you book your own tickets.
Get the Vet’s OK
Before taking off, take your pooch to the vet for a checkup. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and be sure to get a health certificate within 10 days of your flight. It’s mandatory for air travel.
Buy the Right Carrier
There are size restrictions for pet carriers, so make sure yours is airline-approved. If your dog is small enough to travel in the cabin, get a soft-sided carrier. It must fit under the seat in front of you, however. Larger dogs must travel in the cargo hold, which requires a few more steps to ensure safety.
Take Extra Steps for Cargo Travel
Is your furry friend traveling in cargo? Take a few extra precautions, such as booking non-stop, direct flights. Also, avoid extreme temperatures by taking early morning or evening flights during the summer and warmer, midday flights during the winter. Lastly, make sure Fido and his carrier have ID tags and emergency contact information.
When to Offer Food & Water
Although you’ll be traveling with his food, we don’t suggest giving him any just before the flight. Feed him four hours before takeoff instead. Water is OK up to the flight, but don’t let him overdo it.
Ready for your travel adventure with Fido? Look for your travel needs at Pet Supermarket and have a safe trip!