Tips To Travel With Pets On Airplane


Unless it is really necessary traveling with your pet by air is not a very good idea.

If you must take your pet on an airline it is safest if the pet travels with you in the cabin of the airplane. Most airlines allow cats and small dogs to travel in the cabin.

Be aware that flying is especially dangerous for short nosed dogs such as bull dogs or pugs or Persian cats. They are more susceptible to oxygen deprivation and heat strokes.

When you plan to travel with your pet in the cabin be sure to consult with the airline about any immunization and health requirements. Ascertain the size of the animal permitted in the cabin. Check what size and type of carrier is required.

You will need to take your pet through the airport screening process. You can have your pet outside the carrier in which case make sure he is harnessed securely. You can request special screening so your pet can remain in his carrier.


Pets that cannot travel in the cabin may travel in a cargo hold. The short nosed pet should never be subjected to travel in a cargo hold.

Flying a pet in a cargo hold can be very dangerous for the pet. He will be exposed to poor ventilation, possible extremes of either hot or cold temperatures and possible rough handling. Some pet have been lost or have even died when being transported in a cargo hold.

If you still decide the cargo hold is how you will transport your pet follow a few simple procedures.

Always book a direct flight. Travel on the same plane as your pet. Let the flight attendant or captain know your pet is on board in the cargo hold. Be sure your pet has a collar with proper identification. Be sure the collar cannot get caught in the carrier door. Let your pet become comfortable with the carrier before starting your trip. Be sure your carrier is properly labeled with your destination and contact information. It is best not to fly your pet in cargo during the hot summer months, freezing cold weather or during busy holiday times. Don’t feed your pet for several hours before his trip, however, he should have some water. Just to be on the safe side, in the event your pet becomes lost, carry a recent picture of him.

As soon as you arrive at your destination and are in a safe place examine your pet thoroughly. If anything seems wrong take your pet to a vet.

If it is at all possible avoid subjecting your pet to traveling in the cargo hold of an airplane.