How to Travel with a Dog on an Airplane


How to Travel with a Dog on an Airplane

Travelling isn’t always the easiest activity, even when you’re excited to visit a new location. It can become even more difficult when you add your pup to the mix. That’s not to say that flights with your dog have to be stressful and exhausting, however, as they can actually be easy and effortless if you know what to do.

Taking your pet with you wherever you roam is a great way to stave off separation anxiety, too, which can be particularly stressful to animals. Here are a few tips for travelling with your dog on airplane as conveniently and easily as possible.

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Ensure Your Pet Is in Good Health to Travel

Before deciding to take your dog on the plane with you, you must ensure that your dog is healthy enough to do so safely. There are a few reasons for this, the most important of which being that your dog will either be in contact with many people or in the cargo hold for an extended period of time. That’s a lot of exposure to potentially stressful experiences.

You may want to track their health and wellness for the months leading up to the flight, something you can easily do by using the Animo and Sure Petcare app. It’s recommended that you track your dog’s behaviour and activity level daily to ensure that they are feeling well and exercising properly.


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Visit Your Vet

Before the flight, schedule an appointment with your vet to determine if your dog is safe and healthy for flying. They may examine your dog’s body, check for any illness or parasites, and give you further care instructions if necessary. Make sure that your dog is properly vaccinated and up-to-date with medication and ask your vet for any additional recommendations for flying with a dog.

Some people opt for sedating their dog during flying, but it’s highly recommended that you don’t do this unless you absolutely have to resort to this option. If your dog is properly trained and doesn’t have anxiety issues, this probably isn’t necessary.

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Consider Enrolling Your Pet in Training Classes

Depending on the size of your dog and the airline you choose, you might be able to take your dog with you in the cabin of the plane. If not, you might need to put them in a crate in the cargo hold. Most airlines allow you to keep smaller dogs with you as long as you are able to fit their cage underneath the seat in front of you. This will allow you to be close to your dog and calm them down if necessary. However, they still must be trained.

Dogs must not bark and disturb other passengers on the plane. They must also not run around the aircraft. For both small dogs travelling with you on the plane and larger dogs travelling in the cargo hold, crate training is a must. This will allow for dogs to be calmer, as they will already be familiar with a crate. You may try driving with your dog in a crate to get them used to the feeling of being in motion. The more they get used to it, the calmer they may be while travelling.


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Make Necessary Preparations

If you don’t already have a crate for your dog, now is the time to get one. Before purchasing a crate, you must make sure it will be accepted by the airline with which you’re flying. According to House Method, check the travel restrictions and requirements on crates before boarding the plane with your furry friend. Every airline is slightly different, and you must ensure that your dog’s crate complies with its requirements.

Once you have the crate handled, make any additional preparations necessary. It’s important to check that your travel destinations are all pet-friendly, for example, and make sure that you pack everything you need for the big day.

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Get Ready for the Big Day

The big day has arrived! Double check your dog’s health and perform a quick examination on them. Are they ready for flight? Ensure that you have packed everything you need. Also, check that your flight is on time. It’s best to minimize the stress of the airport for both you and your dog. When you arrive at the airport, make sure to walk your dog and allow them to go to the bathroom. After, try to tire your dog out so that they are calm during the flight. This will allow for a smoother flight and a stress-free dog.

Are you ready to travel and experience new and old adventures alike? Keep these tips in mind and ensure that your pet is as healthy and happy as possible during your flight.

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About the author

Kay Carter is a writer who covers a variety of topics including health and wellness and home improvement.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, travelling, and practising photography.


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Hi there! My name is Kay Carter and I'm a recent graduate from UNC. I'm currently a freelance writer and love writing about all things real estate, health and wellness, and home improvement. So far, I've enjoyed reviewing household products, writing about making our homes healthier and more functional, and blogging about personal experiences.

When I'm not writing, you can find me reading (my goal this year is to read two books a month), practising photography, or travelling (I'm a BIG weekend traveller). I also love to journal and go to the gym whenever I can. In the meantime, please check back as I continue adding published writing pieces to my portfolio. If you're looking for a freelance writer, please feel free to reach out!


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