Traveling with Pets

Traveling with your pet on an airline can be made less stressful if you follow a few rules. I am not a veterinarian. I am just a fellow traveler who travels with a pet. Always double check with your vet and airlines before you travel. If you are traveling with a pet inside the cabin call the airlines and let them know as soon as you know. They limited the number of pets who can travel inside the cabin.
How safe is it to fly with my pet?
Most healthy pets should do just fine. Elderly or ill pets should stay home with a friend or family member. Talk to your veterinarian about any concerns you have about traveling with your pet. If your dog or cat is a short nose breed they may not be allowed to travel in the cargo compartment but make be able to travel in the cabin with you. Their short nose makes them more apt to have respiratory problems during flight. Do not give the following breeds sedatives or anti-anxiety meds. during flight. It might lead to their airway obstruction.
Dogs: American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bull Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Pug, Japanese Spaniel, Pekingese, Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Cats: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian.
How stressed will my pet be? Will they get sick?
Depends on your pet. The first time flying might be stressful. To make your pet less stressed, the most important thing you can do is get them used to their pet carrier. Most pets hate carriers. It’s like a prison. Start out about a month or more before your travel date. Put the pet carrier in your living room or wherever you spend time. That’s way the pet can see you. Put a towel or a piece of your old clothing(unwashed but clean) in the carrier. also include a favorite toy. Start putting the pet in the carrier for an hour a day. They will whine and cry. Stay strong it is for them. give them a treat and tell them how good they are while they are in there. Slowly increase the time spent in the carrier to overnight. You can also feed them in their carriers. By the time you fly the pet will think of the carrier as their safe place. This is important because even after the flight they may have to stay in the carrier while you go sightseeing.
What size a carrier should I have for my pet?
The pet must be able to stand and turn around in the carrier. Be sure to use a marker and write your name, address and phone number on the Carrier. Mark this side up. Carriers must have some place on the sides for airline employees to be able to grab on to. Use airline approved carriers.
What should I put in the carrier?
Something absorbent like a towel or buy a cloth large size baby pad. It’s made of cloth and is super absorbent. You will also need to put a water dish on the door of the kennel with water in it. Call your airlines for their rules and favorite toy.
Do I need a health certificate for my pet?
Yes, if it is traveling in cargo. Not if it is traveling up in the cabin. CHECK to be sure!!!What is a health certificate?The vet does a regular visit but gives you a paper stating your doesn’t have any infectious diseases and is current on shots. Must be done within 10 days of travel.
What about giving my pet a sedative before flying?
Ask your vet.
What if my dog has to go potty?
Sorry, you are just going to have to clean it up and put it in a sealed plastic bag. If your dog is in cargo, you will have to take care of it when you get to town.
Maybe I shouldn’t feed my pet?
If it is a few hours before the flight than feed your pet a small and walk them. Changing their feed time is always stressful for them. No new food or treats.
What about my pets medicine the day of flight?
Unless your veterinarian advised otherwise give them their medications. Remember to take sufficient medications for your entire trip. Alaska has many pharmacies, but there may not be one in the town your visiting.
Identification for my pet?
Microchipping is the safest because it can not fall off like a collar, but personally, I like a collar with name, address and phone number. Identification is very important when taking your pet on vacation.

Airplane travel with pet

Although this is not a airplane approved carrier, it explains how to carrier train your dog.