Sedating dogs airline travel
The location of in-cabin pets must be known to the airline so they can seat allergy sufferers in another part of the cabin.Make an appointment with your veterinarian to get a health certificate for your dog (officially called a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection), saying that your dog is fit to travel and is up to date on her vaccinations.There is a risk, however, that an airline agent will object to your non-complying carrier.A carrier must be made of water-repellant material (in case of accidents), it must have padding under your pet, and it must have at least two large ventilation panels.You may, therefore, be able to use a slightly larger carrier than is officially allowed, as long as it will compress to fit in a plane’s under-seat space.Once you are airborne and you pull your dog’s carrier out into your legroom area, a larger carrier will give your pet a bit more room to move around.The most popular pet carrier is a medium-sized Sherpa bag, but I prefer a large-sized Sturdi Products bag or the Sleepypod Air carrier.Some carriers are structured to allow them to flex in height and length.
Also ask your veterinarian to print out your dog’s shot record.
Travelers with dogs small enough to fit under an airplane seat don’t have to wave good-bye as their pet’s crate is rolled away, or worry about conditions in the plane’s cargo area on the tarmac or during flight.
When we were deciding to add a dog to our life, we deliberately chose a breed small enough to fly at our feet. airlines, and many international airlines, allow passengers to travel with an in-cabin dog.
I also look for a carrier that allows me to see down into it when it is at my feet, and that has a zipper that allows me to reach into the carrier and hand Chloe treats and ice cubes.
If your dog only sees her carrier when she’s being taken to the vet, she’s not likely to regard it as a cozy den.Not every state requires a health certificate, nor does every airline, but enough do that it is safest to get one.