Season’s Greetings! The 2021 holiday season is shaping up to be much busier than last year’s was. And no surprise, many people like to bring their dogs along when traveling …. even on planes. Is that a good idea? A vet discusses flying with Fido below.
Think It Over
Flying can be fairly stressful for dogs. He doesn’t really understand how flying works, and can get very scared by the vibration and noise. Your canine buddy may be more comfortable and happier being boarded. You’ll also want to consider size. A small dog that fits in your lap will have a much smoother flight than a big pooch that flies in cargo. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Be sure to bring copies of Fido’s vaccination and registration records with you. Just slip the paper copies in your flight bag. It’s also a good idea to take pictures of them and email them to yourself. That way you’ll have them in your inbox and your phone gallery so you can access them online from anywhere.
Direct flights are much easier on your canine companion even though they may cost a bit more. Try to avoid layovers. Otherwise, if that isn’t an option, take the flight with the shortest stops.
Do Some Research
Pet travel policies can vary widely from airline to airline. This is one area where you definitely want to read the fine print! And also keep in mind that some airlines have much better safety records for pet travel than others. Before you book your flight, do some reading. You’ll also want to ask your vet about medication options that can make the trip easier on your four-legged pal.
Once you reach your destination, you may not be able to find Fido’s usual food and treats. Consider shipping some to your destination. Of course, if you’re staying at an AirBnB or hotel, you’ll need to coordinate with them or use a mail store.
Make sure your canine pal has been microchipped, and that the registry has up to date information. Fido will also need to wear ID tags. If he travels in a crate, put an ID on that as well. Luggage tags work well for this. Mailing labels can also work. And you can waterproof them by putting some clear tape over them.
Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your local animal clinic in Rialto, CA, anytime.