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7 Tips For Flying With Pets

Growing up, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by pets and they’ve always been a big part of my life. As a child, I only saw the perks of being a pet owner because my pets would deal with their food, health, and more unpleasant parts of owning an animal.
However, when I grew up and moved out, I moved into a place that didn’t allow pets so as soon as I relocated to a new place that was pet-friendly, I was eager to get a new pet that would be able to keep me company. My friend happened to be selling puppies at this time so I was immediately interested in buying one from them. But I realized that there was a lot more to owning a pet than what I thought growing up. I needed to make sure my living space was safe for a puppy, I had to look for the nearby veterinaries so they could get check-ups, find a local dog park where they could exercise, and buy food that would be suitable for them.
Luckily, thanks to the internet all of this was relatively easy. For example, when it came to the pet food I just looked for reviews from expert blogs. I ended up finding Harringtons Dry Puppy and thought it would be perfect – plus to people behind JugDog love it too! So, having done all this research I was feeling pretty confident that I had all bases covered until I realized traveling was a massive part of my career. I didn’t want to leave her with a carer all the time so I had to learn all the tricks and tips for traveling with a pet so I think I’m pretty experienced so wanted to share all the best tips I have found!
Many people travel with their animals for many different reasons. Pets are considered part of the family and many consider them their children. Making sure your pets are comfortable when traveling is extremely important. As I said before, I have traveled with my dog several times, she is a veteran and travels very well. If you haven’t traveled with an animal or don’t often here are 7 tips for flying with pets.

7 Tips For Flying With Pets
1. Check with your airline on their rules and restrictions. Not every animal can be taken into the cabin and will have to go under the plane. Keep in mind during the some months and depending on the location some airlines may not put your pet in the belly of the plane. Why? It can get too hot or cold and there may not be temperature controlled areas. You wouldn’t want your pet sick or D.O.A would you? You can visit this site here to see a list of approved airline carriers for pets, which will save you a lot of time when it comes to choosing one that is both comfortable and meets the required guidelines. Imagine getting to the airport and being told you could not board with the one you have!
2. Check with the airline to find out how much it will cost to travel with you pet. Also book early. Airlines typically only allowed a certain amount and types of pets to travel in the cabin. Don’t argue with an agent either, they didn’t make up the rules, they are just following them. So if your adamant about bringing your ferrets in the cabin and the airline doesn’t allow it, then they either have to go under the plane or back home.
3. Don’t lie and get a fake Emotional Support Animal certificate. Agents will look at the letter to see if it is authentic. Also don’t be like the woman who asked a friend’s gynecologist to provide her with a letter. That isn’t going to work either! Don’t abuse the system, if you really need an animal to fly, even if it is a pig or goldfish then by all means, get the proper paperwork! Don’t forget to bring it with you to the airport.
4. Make sure that the carrier for your animal can fit comfortably under the seat if your pet with be in the cabin. Check the airline for dimensions for the carrier. The animal needs to be able to move and reposition itself inside the carrier and be comfortable. For reviews of some of the best airline approved pet carriers and other travel accessories, take a look at The Goody Pet website. This is also important as your pet is required to stay in the bag. If it is an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal that is entirely different story. Those animals can sit on your lap or the floor of the plane.
5. If your pet is going to be in cabin or under the plane you want them to be comfortable. Make sure there is a blanket, towel, or t-shirt they can lay down on. Maybe even a toy or two. Whatever is going to put them at ease. You might want to look into something like lavender essential oil to help to ease them – ‘is lavender toxic to cats?’ i hear you ask. Yes, so don’t give any to cats, but it is perfect to help calm dogs. Also, make sure there is some way they can get water when necessary. If that means putting a water bottle drip in their crate or opening the bag and giving them some from a cup.
6. You should also know that the carrier is also considered having a bag. So you will only be able to bring a personal item on board in addition to your pet carrier. So be mindful of what you try to carry-on board. The carrier will most likey take up some leg room under your seat, so your bag will go in the overhead bin. You also will not be able to sit in a bulk head seat or an emergency row exit with an animal.
7. Make sure that your animal has used the bathroom prior to getting in the carrier. Some airports have relief areas, but they are outside of security. Also depending on how long your flight is, this is also important.
Have you ever traveled with a pet? How was your experience? Do you have any added tips for traveling with pets?

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  • liberationtheory (@liber8ntheory)

    I’ve traveled with my yorkie lots of times and your tips are spot on. I also travel with a wee-wee pad so I can take him to the family restroom in the terminal. That way I don’t have to leave security. I also cover his carrier with a blanket so he doesn’t see all the people and get anxious and start barking.

    • Holly Dayz

      Awww yorkies are so cute! That is a great tip. My dog won’t go until we get where we have to go lol. She is a good little trooper. I put a blanket over her carrier when it is cold or we are going some place cold. That way the air doesn’t hit her so hard from the holes in the carrier.

  • Steph

    Love it! Spot on 🙂
    If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll also need vet certificates and usually updated vaccines, and a health check within 10 days of departure. And you’ll need to double check required paperwork with 3 parties: your departing country’s customs department, your arriving country’s embassy/consulate and perhaps customs as well, and the airline.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you! Even domestically people need to becareful, you can’t bring pets into Hawaii so freely. This are great add ons. This is very important when traveling.

  • thestyleperk

    Great post! Wow, didn’t realize all of the necessary steps you have to take to fly with a pet! I don’t have one, but I need to share this post with my friends who have them!

    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. Yea there is a lot that can go into it, but once your in the groove it isn’t that bad.

  • LaVonndra Johnson

    I didn’t realize so much was involved in traveling with a pet. Guess that explains why so many people have pet sitters.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, a lot goes into it. Seems easier to just leave them at home.

  • Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    This is harder than flying with a child. hahahahaha We don’t have any pets so thankfully we won’t personally need this information. Glad to know they make sure the animals are legit before putting them on a plane.

    • Holly Dayz

      Is it? lol I would think flying with a child is way harder.

  • lamoca2014

    I have neer flown with my pet. I have considered it but I worry about them being locked up under the plane. I will definitely take all of this into consideration when I do decide to take him.

    • Holly Dayz

      If you have a smaller dog then it can go on the plane with you.

  • Jonna

    I’ve only flown a few times recently. My dog actually is glad when we leave her because she gets spoiled rotten by my parents LOL. So she’ll probably never fly with us anywhere!

    • Holly Dayz

      Awwww. That is the baby so she is spoiled lol

  • heyitskaysways

    I have a hard enough time keeping up with my little ones I can’t even imagine flying with pets. My friend love her dogs though & traveling. I’ll share this post with her so she can see how to combine the two.

    • Holly Dayz

      I couldn’t imagine flying with babies or little kids and a dog. Seems a bit much.

  • Janelle

    OMG I’ve never had to fly with pets. Just the thought alone freaks me out!!! I often see others do it, but me my dear is to afraid LOL. But thanks for sharing these valuable tips. Totally appreciate it lots.

    • Holly Dayz

      No problem! It isn’t that bad once you do it.

  • Kerri Estella

    Oh wow. Imma give Fido a remote and tell him I’ll see him when I get home…that’s a lot of work!

    • Holly Dayz

      Lol. Understandable. I am sure the dog will enjoy the TV.

  • LaShon Renee

    My cat, Baby Kitty, would not make a good flying companion. He can barely do car rides. Lol

    • Holly Dayz

      Awwww. Baby Kitty will be chilling at home then.

  • unapologeticallyus5

    Whew! I got tired just reading that! LOL! And I thought traveling with toddlers was a lot of work!

    • Holly Dayz

      It is work, but it isn’t really that bad.

  • Essentialpaw

    I have never tried for flying with pets but I am sure its is much exicting.
    I’ll definitely use all tips mentioned whenever I travel with my dog.

    • Holly Dayz

      I am glad these tips will be of use to you. It is a lot when you read it, but it is really not too bad.

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