Yesterday, we shipped off little Jetty (litter name-Liam) to his forever home. His new family absolutely loves him and he is a great match for their lifestyle. Then that made me think most people don’t know how to fly with their pets; so I decided to write this little article in hopes of helping y’all out.
How to Fly with a Pet
- Decide if your pet will fly under the seat in front of you, in baggage, or as cargo. For a pet to fly under the seat, they must be in an airline approved kennel and must be able to stand up and turn around in the kennel. To fly in baggage, the pet and kennel must not exceed 100 lbs. Pets and kennels weighing over 100 lbs. fly as cargo.
- Call your airline to book a space for your pet. Typically, airlines will allow only two pets in the cabin on each flight, so call well in advance.
- Visit your veterinarian within 10 days of flying to obtain a certificate stating that your pet is healthy and able to fly. Also, discuss feeding the day of the flight and the option of tranquilizers.
- Label the kennel thoroughly before flying with your pet. Include signs to indicate which way is up. Place your name and information as well as your pet’s name on the kennel. Be sure that there are signs saying, “Live Animal.” Place a picture of your pet on the top of the kennel.
- Put reflectors on the kennel.
- Arrive at the airport one or two hours before take-off and check in at the counter.
- Wait as long as possible checking your pet into baggage. During this time you should exercise your pet and allow them to go potty one last time.
- Check your pet in and then immediately go to your boarding area to watch your pet loaded on the plane.
- If you decide to have your pet fly cargo (which is how we ship our dogs) make sure the kennel fits airline requirements and is big enough for your pet. It is better to go too big than too small, as the airline will not ship a dog in a too small kennel. We ship our Australian Labradoodle Delta DASH cargo.