Many people will not travel without their dogs and for some
journeys, this means taking the pooch on an airplane. Flying can be very
traumatic for a dog so to reduce stress, dog owners should adapt their canine
to traveling on an airplane. If the training begins at least two weeks before
departure, the trip should go smoothly.
Very young puppies and senior or pregnant dogs should not
travel on an airplane because it can be too stressful. Short-nosed breeds like
pugs, bulldogs, and Pekinese should also not fly because it will be too
difficult for them to breathe. Owners of other types of dogs should contact the
airline to learn whether the breed can travel in the passenger cabin or must go
in the cargo hold.
tickets are not typically offered for dogs because the travel fee is
standard. The airline will also require a health certificate from the
veterinarian so an appointment should be scheduled within. Dog owners should
ask the vet whether prescriptions for a mild sedative and travel sickness are
recommended for the canine.
Dogs must fly in a USDA-approved kennel labeled with the
name, address, and phone number of the owner. The kennel should permit
maneuverability and include bedding and a favorite toy. Have the dog sleep in
the kennel for three nights preceding the flight and carry the dog through the
airport in the kennel several times before flight day.
tickets and luggage are not the only things travelers should grab before
departing for the airport. A dog bowl filled with water and a bowl filled with
ice should be placed inside the kennel. A small bag of dog food should be duct
taped to the exterior. To purchase a discount
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