Air Travel with your Dog.

passenger jet Air travel may get the trip over faster, but it’s still stressful for your pet.
There are some things you should consider before putting your pet on the plane.

Do not tranquilize pets in flight! Dogs control body temperature by panting, not sweating. The combination of tranquilizers and altitude can slow breathing and prevent dogs from panting, leaving no defense against temperature changes in the cargo hold. Luckily, there are some effective natural anxiety medicines to bring your pet a sense of calm.

Carry a leash with you so you can walk your pet before you check in and after you arrive at your destination. For your pet’s safety, do not put the leash inside with the animal.
Book a non-stop flight early in the morning or late at night when temperatures are cooler.
Mark the kennel with your pet’s name, “LIVE ANIMAL,” contact information at the destination and colorful electric tape to make the kennel identifiable and easy to see.
Once on the plane, ask the flight attendant to confirm your pet is safe in the cargo hold.
Freeze the water in the pet’s dish for longer-lasting hydration during flight.

Traveling abroad? Many countries and even Hawaii require proof of rabies vaccination. Several countries require a six-month quarantine, which can be done at home in the US after proving the absence of rabies. Be sure to check requirements long before travel!

For any trip, you’ll need an approved carrier, a health certificate obtained from your vet and an ID tag.

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