Flying With A Service Dog
Tips for Flying With a Large Service Dog or Large Pet
It can be stressful as a pet parent when we have to fly with a large dog in the cargo hold. However, to ensure your dog’s safety, we’ve compiled some tips and precautions you can use to make your pet’s flight as comfortable as possible.
Tip #1 – Visit your vet before your travel date to make sure your dog is healthy and up-to-date on his vaccinations – some airlines will ask for a wellness certificate and vaccination records from your vet.
Tip #2 – If your dog is not a service dog, be sure you have an appropriately-sized carrier, in which your dog can stand, turn around and lie down comfortably. Make sure the door to the kennel is secured but not locked for the duration of the flight.
Tip #3 – Do not feed your canine right before the flight (if possible) as he could suffer from air sickness which could lead to vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Tip #4 – Do not use tranquilizers as they have been associated with respiratory and cardiovascular issues with increased altitude pressure.
Tip #5 – Do pack your dog’s favorite toys and blankets to help him feel as comfortable as possible during the flight.
Tip #6 – Let your airline know about your service dog as soon as possible. Airlines restrict space for carrying pets, so you don’t want to lose your spot because you didn’t give the airline adequate notice.
Tip #7 – Arrive at the airport a few hours early to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Tip #8 – If your dog is not a service dog and is in a kennel, be sure to label the outside of your dog’s carrying kennel with your name, contact information and a picture of your dog. This is vital in case your dog goes missing or is placed on the wrong flight.
Tip #9 – Pack all your pet’s grooming products, necessary medication, food, treats, water and food dishes. It’s also wise to secure a small amount of your dog’s kibble in a zipper bag to the kennel in case the staff needs to feed him.