How to Successfully Fly with Your Dog

Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 5:36 pm

There may come a time when you feel that it’s necessary for Fido to come along with you on your next airplane adventure. But flying with your furry friend can be quite an undertaking, and it’s important to take the right steps to ensure safety and comfort for everyone involved.

 

Know The Airline’s Regulations

 

Most

airlines require that you keep your pet stowed in a carrier under the seat in front of you. You may need to call ahead to check the dimensions of the seat to make sure the carrier will fit, as every plane varies. Each airline also has a limit on how many dogs

can be in the main cabin, so it’s important to make sure there is a spot open for Fido, too. To ensure your pet makes it past security, your dog must also be at least eight weeks old (it may be 10 weeks in some cases). Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be prepared to pay a fee.

 

Get Fido Used to His Carrier Before the Big Day

 

Bring out his carrier at least a month before you plan to fly. This will allow him to explore and sniff, taking away some of the stress. Leave the carrier out in the open so Fido will have

easy access.

 

Avoid the Cargo Hold

 

If you can help it, don’t have Fido placed in the cargo hold of the plane. While this is an option, countless pets get sick or are misplaced as a result, and you certainly don’t want that to happen.

 

If you decide Fido is better off at home, call your local Lincoln, NE pet sitter. Our sitters at A Pause for Paws will know exactly how to keep him healthy and happy in your absence.

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