Going on a trip with your dog to another city is not easy. There are many things you should be prepared for if you are flying with your dog. Here are some tips you should consider.
Size of the dog
The size of your dog must be just right to fit him under the seat of the airplane. The airlines have very strict regulations regarding the size of the pet carriers. Your dog must weigh 15 pounds of less to fit under the seat.
Your dog must be well trained
Some airlines require that your dog must be well trained so that they don’t suffer from any kind of anxiety during the flight. If you think your dog may be frightened to fly, then it’s better to arrange a pet sitter for him and leave him in your house or at a boarding place.
Pack the necessary things
You should make sure that you carry enough food, toys, etc. so that your dog can survive for a few days. You should bring non-spill water carrier. You should bring bone or toys to keep your dog occupied during the flight.
Reserve a place for your dog in advance
Most airlines allow only limited number of dogs to fly in-cabin. So, you should book space for your dog in advance. You might have to pay extra fees for taking your dog inside the cabin.
Get health certificate from the vet
Some airlines specifically mention that your dog must have a health certificate. But if the airline you are traveling with doesn’t say so, it is wise to take a health certificate from the vet anyway. The health certificate is a proof that your pet is in good health condition and won’t cause any harm to others.
Limit water intake
You should make sure that you don’t give the dog too much water to drink. Otherwise, he will create a problem during the flight. You should also ensure that the dog doesn’t suffer from dehydration.
Be prepared that your dog will go through security check
The dog will go through security check along with you. The dog carrier has to go through the conveyor belt for a security check as well.
Use of sedative should be the last resort
If the dog is nervous and there is a chance that he might become anxious, then only you should give him a sedative. You should take the advice from a veterinarian. You should use sedatives with caution as they might cause breathing and other problems.
If you follow these tips, you will be able to have a comfortable and safe journey with your pet. You will have a wonderful experience going to a new place with your pet.