Are you leaving on a jet plane? Well, why not bring Fido along? Many more hotels and resorts are welcoming pets into their facilities (check with each company regarding its policies), so it's becoming easier and easier to incorporate your pet into your vacation plans. Here's what you need to know.
What to bring:
- Each airline has its own regulations surrounding pet travel, so it’s important to check with the carrier about what you will need. Generally speaking, though, you’ll likely have to present a health certification and proof of vaccination for your dog.
- An airline-approved crate that is large enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down. The crate should be clearly labeled with your name and contact information, and if your dog is traveling in cargo, you’ll need to affix a “Live Animal” label with arrows pointing upward.
- Food, bottled water, and medication, labeled with dosage in case you and your pet are separated
- A recent photo of your pet in case you are separated
- Your pet’s identification with your contact information (If your pet also has a microchip, make sure your address and phone number are up-to-date.)
- A secure harness or collar and leash
- Contact information for a veterinarian near your final destination in case of an emergency
What NOT to do:
Schedule a flight with a lot of transfers. We'll spare you the horror stories, but if airlines can lose luggage, assume they can also lose your pet.
Give your dog a sedative before flying (at least without instruction from your veterinarian). This can cause respiratory or cardiovascular issues and can cause your pet to lose his balance and potentially get injured.
Also, we recommend transporting your luggage yourself. Although humorous, this is not a safe method.
Forget to take your dog out before you board.
Happy and safe travels!