I was shocked by the story of a Michigan woman whose beloved Golden Retriever, Jacob, was mishandled and later died after being on a United Airlines flight from Detroit to Portland Oregon.
The airline assured her every precaution was taken with her dog by their PetSafe program, however, Kathleen Considine wasn't satisfied with their flimsy excuses and turned to social media for help in spreading the word about Jacob's fatal trip. It worked and now thousands of people are sharing this horrible tragedy in hopes of keeping other pet parents from having to go through the same heartache.
Please. Don't fly with your dog without reading these…
Most airlines have strict policies concerning canine passengers. And unless your pet is small enough to fit under the seat in front of you, sadly your dog will end up riding in the belly of the plane in the cargo hold. To help you get your pooch ready for this stressful ride, follow these helpful tips.
Before you do anything you should determine if your dog has the right temperament to endure a flight. Canine's that tend to be anxious in new situations or those that are high energy will most likely not do well on a flight.
In addition, if your dog is going to be in the cabin with you, most airlines (and passengers) will insist your dog is quiet and well-behaved.
If you are planning to fly with your dog, be sure to call all the airlines you plan on using to ensure they have room available for your canine companion. This is especially important if your dog is going into the cargo hold and/or needs to make a connecting flight.
To help with your research, BarkPost has listed many of the major airlines with their canine passenger fees and the number of pets they can accommodate; however still be sure to call your airline to ensure their policies haven't changed.
Before you stick your dog into just any ole pet carrier, you will need to know the airline's requirements for flying with a dog. However, according to K9 of Mine, and the International Air Travel Association (IATA) you can expect the following stipulations:
Your dog should have a recent (within 10 days) veterinarian signed health certificate stating that he/she is well-and-able to fly. Even if your particular airline doesn't insist on this, it's best to err on the side of caution and get Fido checked over. You can now purchase doggy "passports" which is a convenient way to store all your pet's information in one neat little booklet.
Airlines are notorious for losing people's luggage, don't let your pet's belongings be one of them. Pack everything your dog needs (food, toys, medications, treats etc.) in a separate bag. This ensures you'll have exactly what Fido needs in case of a luggage-snafu.
Flying with a dog doesn't have to turn into a tragedy. Follow these helpful hints and tips on NolongerWild.com to get your pooch from one destination to another safely and soundly.