Season’s Greetings! This year’s holiday season is shaping up to be much busier than last year’s was. Many people like to bring their dogs with them when traveling …. even on planes. But is that a good idea? A vet discusses flying with Fido below.
Flying can be quite stressful for dogs. Fido doesn’t really understand the concept of flight, and can get very scared by the noise and vibration. Your canine buddy may be happier and more comfortable being boarded. Size is also something to consider here. A small dog that can fit in your lap will have a much easier flight than a big pooch that has to fly in cargo. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Bring copies of Fido’s registration and vaccination records with you. You can put paper copies in your flight bag, but it’s also a good idea to take pictures of them and email them to yourself. That way you’ll have them in both your phone gallery and inbox, and can access them online from anywhere.
Direct flights may cost a bit more, but they are much easier on your furry buddy. Try to avoid layovers. If that isn’t an option, book the flight with the shortest stops.
Airlines can vary quite widely on their pet travel policies. This is one area where you definitely want to read the fine print! keep in mind that some airlines just have better safety records for pet travel than others. Do some reading before you book your flight. You’ll also want to ask your vet about options for calming medications to make the trip easier on your four-legged pal.
You may not be able to find Fido’s usual food and treats at your destination. Consider shipping some to your destination. Or course, if you’re staying at a hotel or AirBnB, you’ll need to coordinate with them or use a mail store.
Make sure your canine pal has been microchipped, and that the information in the registry is up to date. Fido should also be wearing ID tags. If he’ll be traveling in a crate, put ID on that as well. Luggage tags work well for this. You can also use a mailing label. Put some clear tape over it to make it waterproof.
Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your local animal clinic in Pelham, ON anytime.