“Never mind, said Hachiko each day. Here I wait, for my friend who’s late. I will stay, just to walk beside you for one more day.” – Jess C. Scott, Animal Stories
Many of us become so attached to our furbabies that even the simplest things become a source of frustration. Having to go to work while they stay at home alone is one example of that. Actually, any type of separation tends to be so devastating for both the owner and the dog that many folks actually decide to take their doggos with them while traveling. While that’s all fun and dandy, there are some important considerations to take into account before actually going flying with pets.
4. Flights Can Be Risky For Dogs At Times
It’s long been known that air travel is not the best option when it comes to transporting dogs. This is not recommended for a number of reasons. Most notably, it has to do with the dogs’ health and the accompanying risks. Also, planes are designed for humans in the first place. Oxygen deprivation is the number one risk of flying with pets, especially for dogs with pushed back (brachycephalic) noses. These include breeds such as the French and English bulldog, as well as the Pekingese.
3. Flying With Pets Means You’ll Have To Inquire About Flight Policies
This means that you’ll probably have to get informed on various things to know beforehand. These might include stuff like types of applicable restrictions, info on pet carriers, as well as immunization requirements, for example. All this because different airlines have different policies when it comes to transporting animals. Furthermore, some comfort and service animals are allowed in the cabin with passengers in special cases. Generally, animals can travel in the manifest cargo, checked baggage cargo or the checked baggage cabin.
2. The Cargo Hold Has Certain Dangers For Pets
Here’s the thing: if policies don’t allow passengers who are flying with pets to stay in the cabin, they would most likely place them in the cargo hold. However, one must take note of the fact that many pets, and especially dogs, tend to get injured, lost or end up dead while spending time in this part of the aircraft. Therefore, it is essential that you perform all the necessary health checks to make sure you dog is physically capable of undergoing such stress.
1. Miscellaneous Details
There are two very important considerations to keep in mind when flying with pets. They are to make sure to clip their nails and also, to not feed them at least six hours prior to the flight. Both of these are pretty self-explanatory. But, you’d be surprised how often pet owners forget to do the most typical things when looking to touch the skies with their furbabies. One example is considering the fact that you’re taking a direct flight and then factoring in your pet into the scenario. Another has to do with actually letting the staff know that you are, in fact, traveling with your pet and so on. Basically, just apply common sense and healthy reasoning and you’ll be on your way to your dream trip with the companionship of your furry friend.