Determine If Your Dog Should Travel
Before you book a ticket, talk to your veterinarian to determine if your dog can fly. Dogs that are very young, old, in heat, pregnant or have chronic illnesses or poor temperaments should not fly, says Dr. Carol Osborne of Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center and Clinic in Ohio.
Then, you’ll want to confirm airline restrictions and regulations.
“The first thing to do before you travel is to check with the airlines,” says Osborne, noting that some airlines ban certain breeds. “Find out all the restrictions including the weight of the pet, type of carrier and other specifics.”
Finally, you’ll want to ask yourself why you’re bringing your pet with you. Is it for a long trip or a quick vacation? If it’s the latter, your dog might be better off not travelling.
“You know your dog better than anyone else does,” says Forbes. “Do an honest assessment before your trip to determine if your dog should travel and how.”