You should become familiar with the guidelines and safety recommendations for flying with a dog on a plane if you enjoy traveling but detest leaving your dog behind. Everyone avoids being stranded at the airport because their airline won’t allow them to board with their dog. We’ve compiled travel tips to keep your dog safe and comfortable while in the air to avoid such an occurrence.
- Bringing your dog on a flight is subject to the individual pet restrictions of each airline. Your dog’s size and weight significantly impact whether you can bring them on board in the cabin. There can be an exception if you are traveling with a service animal or an emotional support animal.
- As long as the dog is restrained in a carrier throughout the flight and does not disrupt other passengers, most airlines will allow dogs under 20 pounds to travel in the cabin. If your dog weighs more than 20 pounds, the airline can insist on carrying him in the cargo hold. Before purchasing a ticket on a travel booking app, double-verify the airline’s weight restrictions as they differ by carrier.
- Your dog must be contained in an airline-acceptable pet carrier that can fit beneath the seat in front of you for you to bring them on a plane. Remember that this carrier will need to pass through airport security, so you should be able to quickly and conveniently take your dog in and out as necessary. A carrier that can safely carry your dog during flight should be lightweight, well-ventilated, and secure.
- Some airlines also take the dog’s breed into account, so it’s crucial to investigate the breeds that your chosen airline allows and disallows with the travel agent online. Snub-nosed breeds, such as pugs and Frenchies, are even prohibited from flying by several airlines. (These short-nosed dogs are more prone to injury because their snouts are so small.)
- Certain pets may be entirely prohibited by airlines. That is particularly true for bully breeds like pit bulls. Alaskan Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, and United Airlines are among the airlines that have banned pit bulls, according to the expert pet shipping company Pet Air Carrier. The same airlines also forbid Staffordshire bull terriers, American bullies, and snub-nosed breeds. For additional information on which breeds can travel and which cannot speak with your airline.
- A layover is unpleasant for everyone, but your dog finds it particularly difficult. Direct flights are always the best option when organizing your trip to reduce overall travel time. Ask the airline or confirm through any ticket booking app if there is a restriction on how many pets allowed on board. There’s nothing worse than arriving at the airport only to learn that your dog needs to take a different flight.
- If they have to travel in cargo, it’s critical to remember that not all dogs are suitable for aircraft travel and the stressors that come with it. Long flights with numerous layovers and international travel might make you and your pet anxious. It’s also critical that you’re ready because there have yet to be a few instances of pets passing away on flights. Due to the loud noises, sudden changes in air pressure and temperature, the large number of unfamiliar people and scents, and general discomfort, flying can be traumatic for dogs.