Taking your dog on a flight?

Luckily for us dog owners, these animals travel by air better than cats. If the dog is accustomed to car travel, then air travel shouldn't be a problem at all. Use the following dog air travel tips for safe and pleasant aeroplane travel with your best furry friend. Lets face it we want our trail dogs to come with us on big adventures. So here is what you need to do. 

Certify Your Dogs Health before Air Travel
Not only is dog air travel better for your dog if the dog is healthy, but it's actually the law. The law requires that a dog has been certified within 10 days of the trip to be healthy, vaccinated, and free from contagious diseases. This is a very important for any pet travel, large or small.

Avoid Excessive Temperatures
Ensure the safety of your dog during air travel by never flying with your dog while temperatures are too hot. Many airliners put "heat embargos" and/or even "cold embargos" on dog air travel during the summer and winter months respectively. This means that the airliners prohibit dog air travel during these times. This shouldn't be seen as a problem, because the airlines do it to prevent disease or death, and guarantee a safe flight for your dog.

Overseas Dog Air Travel May Involve Quarantine
For international dog air travel, keep in mind that some isolated countries, such as New Zealand, quarantine animals arriving by air. Before traveling and booking reservations, familiarize yourself with the laws, requirements, and procedures of your particular destination. Unless your flight is non-stop, remember that you may have to deal with regulations in multiple places. If this is going to cause your pup too much stress live them at home. It will be better for both of you in the long run. 

Don't sedate Your Dog During Air Travel
Although sedation may seem like a good idea during air travel, it isn't. Sedatives are the leading cause of death or sickness of dogs during air travel. A dog can't receive immediate or professional medical care during air travel, so unnecessary medications do more harm than good. In fact, many airliners reject sedated pets as a safety precaution.

Obedience During Dog Air Travel
Training your dog before airline travel is the best way to ensure a good flight. Unfortunately, even short air travel means hours of separation between owners and their dogs (except for service dogs). Your medium to large size dog will be confined to a shipping crate for the entire flight. Again if this is going to cause your dog any stress do not do it. 

You can help relinquish the strain and discomfort on your dog by preparing him for dog air travel beforehand. Do this by getting your dog used to being inside a travel crate for extended periods of time. Also, make sure your dog works well with strangers, namely in busy, frantic, or uncomfortable environments. This will do wonders for traveling with your large furry companion.

Hope this has helped you. 

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