Are you considering taking your beloved Labrador on vacation? Are you one of those owners who worry too much when their dog is left behind? Despite all the hassle of air travel with dogs, some owners opt to take their pooches with them when travelling by air to their travel destination.
When flying with your Labrador Retriever, first check the weather condition of the area you will be visiting, and whether there are any disease outbreaks – like parasites, ticks, and rabies. Also, note that some countries and states do not allow animals to be transported into their territories. Here are some tips for traveling by air with your dog!
Look for dog friendly hotels at your destination
After considering the weather conditions and health risks for your Labrador, the next thing you should think about is the hotel or home you will be staying in. Check that conditions are pet friendly, whether you’re staying with friends or family, or at a hotel.
There are cases when “pet friendly” does not always mean dog friendly, and “dog friendly” does not always mean large-dog friendly. Make sure to check these important details.
If you cannot make lodging arrangements for your Lab, you will have to make sure your dog is cared for by a sitter at home. You may also opt to have your dog cared for at a pet hotel near your home.
Choosing a Pet Friendly Airline
So you’ve found a nice hotel where you and your beloved Labbie can stay! What’s next? Unless you’re going on a road trip, you will have to choose a pet friendly airline.
There are airlines that allow dogs to be taken into the cabin as long as they fit under the seat. But some will only allow dogs in the cargo hold. There are also airlines that allow both.
Many airlines does not allow certain dogs to travel. Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog breeds may not be allowed. Puppies should also be at least 8-15 weeks old. Airlines also check if the dog is a barker or whiner.There is also a limit to the number of dogs allowed into the cabin.
Make sure your dog’s certificates of vaccination and good health are ready since every airline requires these papers.
Dog Crate for Air Travel
Dog crates are not all the same. Some crates are made to be used at home, while some are for travel. Make sure that the dog crate your Lab will be using is in accordance with your airline’s rules and regulations.
Veterinarian Away from Home
Your Labbie may be healthy and kicking but whether he has medical issues or not, it is best to know where the animal clinics are before you get there. Accidents can happen and dogs can get intestinal problems during travels, too!
When you found a vet in the area, consult his clinic’s policy on walk-in pets. You should also inquire about the basic fee and other costs.
It sure is nice to spend a wonderful vacation with your dog! While you ensure your pet’s safety, don’t forget to relax and enjoy.
Happy Holidays! Have fun!