1. Do not fly your dog if he is in a high risk category
Short-nosed breeds or dogs with heart or lung conditions should not fly.
Neither should young puppies or elderly dogs.
Ask your vet if you are unsure.
2. Get a pre-flight health certificate
Get your dog checked up before you fly.
Discuss natural stress-relief remedies and light sedation with your vet.
3. Try to get a direct flight
Early morning or early evening is the best for the dog's comfort and safety.
4. Prepare the outside of your pooch's airline-approved crate.
Draw special attention to the precious cargo inside.
Type up your contact information and duct tape it on the crate.
Use duct tape to attach a spare leash.
5. Make the inside of the crate as comfortable and familiar as possible.
Line the inside of the crate with a kennel pad or other soft bedding.
Place a shirt with your scent on it inside.
Fill a durable toy with treats inside with the dog.
Ensure there is a sturdy water dish inside.
6. Ensure a fresh water supply.
The day before the flight, fill the water dish 2/3 full and freeze it.
Take it with you to the airport to place in the crate right before you check the dog in.
7. Purchase a nylon safety collar.
Never use a chain collar or any collar with hanging tags.
These can get caught on the wire kennel door.
8. Acclimate your dog to the crate well before the flight.
Give him a good long walk before the flight.
Allow adequate time for him to eat a light meal, hydrate and eliminate before the flight.
Confirm your dog's pick-up location at check-in and at the gate.
Tip the baggage handler who takes your dog!
10. Try Pet Airways.
This new, pet-friendly airline will fly your dog in the main cabin to major cities.
Now you know more about how to insure your dog has a safe flight.
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