Happy Holidays! This year’s holiday season looks to be much busier than last year’s was. Many people like to travel with their dogs …. even on planes. But is that a good idea? A vet discusses flying with Fido below.
Think It Over
Flying can be a stressful experience for dogs. Fido doesn’t really understand the concept of flight, and can get very scared by the vibration and noise. Your canine buddy may be more comfortable and happier being boarded. You’ll also want to consider size. A small dog sitting in your lap will have a much easier flight than a big pooch flying in cargo. Ask your vet for recommendations.
You’ll also want to bring copies of Fido’s registration and vaccination records with you. These will fit easily in your flight bag, but it’s also a good idea to take pictures of them and email them to yourself. That way you’ll have access to them online anywhere since they’ll be in both your inbox and phone gallery.
Direct flights are much easier on your furry buddy even though they may cost a bit more. Try to avoid layovers. If that isn’t an option, try to book the flight with the shortest stops.
Do Some Research
Pet travel policies can vary widely from airline to airline. You definitely want to read the fine print when it comes to these policies! Remember that some airlines just have better safety records for pet travel than others. Make sure to do some reading before you book your flight. You’ll also want to ask your vet about options for calming medications to make the trip easier on your canine companion.
Your destination may not have Fido’s usual food and treats. Consider shipping some to your destination. And if you’re staying at a hotel or AirBnB, be sure to coordinate with them or use a mail store.
Don’t forget to make sure your canine pal has been microchipped, and that the registry is up to date. Fido should also be wearing ID tags. Also, put an ID on him If he’ll be traveling in a crate. Luggage tags work well for this. Mailing labels will do the trick, as well. Put some clear tape over it if you want to waterproof it.
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