This past weeks, there were two incidents that demonstrated the terrible problems that can occur when taking dogs for a trip on an airplane. In one incident, a dog was placed in the overhead luggage compartment and died. In a different incident, a dog was supposed to travel to Kansas City with his family, but he was put on the wrong plane and went to Japan. Thankfully, that dog was successfully reunited with his people.
People enjoy having their dogs along when they travel. Experts recommend that if a person is traveling with a pet, the best means of travel is by car. However, it is sometimes necessary to take a dog on an airplane.
Before taking a dog on an airplane it is important to have the dog’s health checked thoroughly by a veterinarian. If traveling overseas, most countries require certain vaccinations and a health form filled out by the veterinarian.
When flying, a large dog that is not a service dog will have to fly in the cargo hold of the plane. The dog will need to be in an airline-approved pet carrier. Ask the airline what the best type of carrier is. Smaller dogs on most domestic flights are allowed to be in a carrier that fits under the seat. Arrangements must be made with the airline beforehand. Do not put the dog in the overhead luggage compartment, and do not let the service staff on the plane do this.
Before a flight, it is important to get a dog accustomed to being in a pet carrier for a significant period of time. Start by having the dog stay in the carrier for a short time, and then build up the time gradually to accustom the dog to the experience.
It is important to continuously communicate with the airline staff that you have a dog on board. Ask if the dog is safely on the plan before the plan takes off. The staff on the aircraft should be able to find out this information.
When the plane lands, a dog should always be collected right away. Take the dog out to relieve itself immediately and give it a drink of water for re-hydration.
Following these steps will help to make a flight more safe for a dog. Those taking a dog on a flight should exercise caution as it is a hard experience for most dogs. For more tips,visit barkpost.com.