Going on holiday, visiting relatives - all this among other things may be the reason for locking your home, booking a flight and going away from your residence for some time - and you want your pet with you at all times.
My family and I travel a lot and we take our two dogs with us always. We think that it is best for your pet to be with his family - us.
Here are some tips that you might find useful when it comes to preparing your dog for the flight:
- First of all, 10 days before the scheduled flight, you should take your dog to the vet in order to ensure that he has a clean bill of health.
- Secondly, as you probably know, your dog will be either with you (if he's small), or in the cargo (if the dog is big). Nevertheless, it will have to be placed in a kennel. Make sure that you get that kennel some time before you take off, so that your dog can get acquainted with it so that he can relax and possibly even get some sleep. Also make sure that the kennel is "airline approved" - the person working at the sore will tell you all you need to know.
- It is best to take your dog for a long walk before the flight. That way you will tire him out and help him get some sleep. It is advised to take the dog for an extra little walk just before the check in.
- In order to avoid having to clean up a huge mess, it is best NOT to feed your dog for several hours before the flight. There are kennels that have a system installed so that your dog can drink water while traveling, but you should avoid giving him food.
- Do not forget to contact the airline at least a week before the flight. Re-check what all the requirements for a pet to travel are, since these things can vary from airline to airline.
- When you are taking your dog on board, just make sure to follow all the instructions that will be provided to you.
Stress and Normality
Of course, there are downsides. Your pet will almost surely get stressed out while flying, and there may be consequences. But if you do everything right, the chances for something bad to happen to your pet are minimal.
You should reassure your pup going in and out of airports and airplanes. The environment is stressful for most people, and even more so to dogs who are completely unaccustomed to it, even though taking dogs on a plane is a common thing nowadays.
Virgin Australia even opened up a frequent flyer program for pets, so your pets earn flight miles too. Tourist agencies are offering dog friendly vacation deals, and there are even specialized pet travel services easily found online. And we are glad to take those deals. After all, our dogs really are our best friends, and if we deserve a change of scenery, they deserve to be there with us too.