Now that Halloween is officially over, we are OFFICIALLY in the holiday season. For a lot of families, the holiday time is synonymous with travelling. Whether you’re flying from coast to coast or driving a few hours, preparation is key when going anywhere with a pet. Lucky for you, we’ve created a pre-travel checklist that will hopefully make flying with Fido a little easier, and one less thing for you to worry about.
- BOOK EARLY: A lot of airlines are dog friendly, but the holidays are SUPER busy for the travel industry. In order to make sure everyone has a ticket be sure to book early. It’s also important to understand airline rules. Don’t book your own ticket until you’re sure your dog is even welcome onboard.
- FLY DIRECT: If it’s possible, try to fly direct or non-stop. If you can fly on a weekday, that’s even better. Airports and flights tend to be less crazy during the week.
- VISIT THE VET: Before getting on an airplane with your pup, make sure your dog has a clean bill of health from your local veterinarian. In some cases, health care requirement certifications might be mandatory for your dog to board the plane.
- BUY A CARRIER: Your dog must be in a carrier throughout the flight, even if your dog is small enough to fit on your lap. The carrier must also fit under the seat in front of you so keep that in mind when making your purchase.
- IDENTIFICATION: Make sure your dog has identification tags on at all times!
- TEST DRIVE: In the weeks leading up to your travel date, try to have your dog in the carrier as much as possible to get your dog used to being in the carrier for an extended period of time. This will help with anxiety.
- EAT DRINK & BE MERRY: It is veterinarian recommended that you feed your dog about four hours before the flight since a full tummy might be uncomfortable. Continue to make sure your dog is hydrated up to the travel time and make sure you empty the water dish just before takeoff so the water doesn’t spill!
- ARRIVE EARLY: It’s never a bad idea to give yourself extra time at the airport for check-in and to get situated, especially when travelling with a dog.
- CREATE A PACKING LIST: To make sure you don’t forget essential pieces of paperwork like health certificates or pet wipes, leashes and poop bags, make a packing list!