Dog Health & More
Friday July 31st, 2009
Arriving in new locales can feel glamorous and exciting, but let's face it, getting there is rarely half the fun.
Even on domestic flights, airport lines, security checks, airplane air and noise, and delayed connections are stressful enough for people. For pets--who can't check the departure monitors or talk to the gate agent--it can be even more confusing and anxiety-provoking. And long international flights add extra burdens.
Because air travel can be so unsettling for dogs, and especially puppies, the ASPCA advises owners to find alternatives to commercial airline travel for their pets--certainly for animals checked in as cargo, but even for small dogs who could go in the airplane cabin.
But sometimes traveling by air is inevitable. For those occasions, a little advance planning is the key to your dog's comfort.
These tips will help you make sure your pup will be cared for during every phase of the journey:
Bottom line: Careful preparation is vital in making the airplane ride a smoother one for you and your dog. Consider worst-case scenarios, such as your dog getting lost en route, and be sure you know all of the airline's requirements for your traveling dog.