Tips for Flying with Your Dog

When it comes time to travel, it can be difficult to decide whether you should bring your dog on the plane with you or board them back home. Before booking a ticket for your dog, check out Drypet’s tips for flying with your dog.

1. Decide whether your dog can handle flying

Dogs with anxiety may not be suitable for flying. Being on an airplane is stressful for dogs, and for dogs with anxiety, a flight is too stressful—especially if they would have to fly in the cargo hold.
If your dog won’t fly well, Drypet recommends boarding your pet at a boarding facility, veterinarian’s office, or with a friend, family member, or in-home dogsitter.

2. Book your trip early

Since most airlines don’t allow many dogs on each flight, you will want to get a ticket for your dog as soon as possible. If you aren’t flying without your dog, be sure that you call the airline to make sure that there will be space for your pet before buying your plane ticket. While on the phone, you can then reserve seats for both you and your dog.

3. Get a health certificate for your pet

Many airlines will require a health certificate that details all the vaccinations that your pet is up-to-date on. Just get a health certificate from a certified vet that you can bring with you on the trip in case you happen to need it.

4. Don’t feed your pet the day of a flight

While this may seem mean, your dog is just fine without food for a day. Skipping food will reduce the risk of your pup having an upset stomach or an accident while on the flight. You should also take away your dog’s water a few hours before your flight to prevent any accidents.

To help prevent an accident during the flight, be sure to take your dog to a designated dog area before your flight to relieve itself. You may also consider putting a moisture-wicking potty pad in your dog’s carrier during the flight to help soak up any accidents and keep your pet dry and comfortable.

5. Try to take a direct flight

Changing planes with your pet can cause more, unnecessary stress for your pet. Unless you have a long way to travel, it is best to take a direct flight. For long trips, ensure that you will have enough time during your layover to allow your dog a bathroom break and a little time to walk around and stretch its legs.

6. Select an appropriate carrier

7. Don’t forget to pack your dog a bag

Your dog will need some things both during the flight and the time you are on your trip. Pack food, water, a leash, toys, and any other things that your dog will need. You may want to bring a collapsible dog bowl on the flight with you so you can ration out some water to your dog to prevent dehydration.

Now you are ready to board your flight with your pooch. Drypet hopes that you travel safely with your pet regardless of how you are traveling.