When dog owners need to travel and they need to bring the dog, most often they will travel by car.
But sometimes you must fly and your dog must go by plane as well. If you have a very small dog, you may be able to have him with you in the cabin. But if you have a medium to large dog, he will probably travel somewhere in the cargo bay.
Here are some general tips to keep in mind when flying with your dog:
Check With the Airline First
First and foremost, check with airline you will be taking and get their rules and regulations for traveling with a dog. If you will be flying with more than one airline, be sure to get the rules from every airline. The rules may differ and the last thing you want to do is to get halfway to your destination and find out your beloved dog canít travel the rest of the way there.
Visit Your Veterinarian
Take your dog to the vet and make sure heís physically able to take a trip by air. Very young puppies and some older dogs may not be healthy enough for air travel. If your dog is a nervous traveler, your vet may want to discuss medication or other things you can do to ease your dogís distress.
Also, make sure your dog has received all the vaccinations the airline requires. Make sure you get a vaccination report from your vet verifying all vaccinations are current.
If you havenít had a microchip implanted in your dog, this may be the time to do it. Not only will it help reunite the two of you should you get separated, itís a failsafe way to prove that the vaccination records you have are for the animal youíre traveling with.