Just because you travel a lot doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy being a pet owner!
Do you leisurely travel a lot? Or does your job require frequent travel? Are you a jet-setter? Do you want to buy a dog? If you answered “yes,” to all of these questions, then you’ll greatly benefit from these 5 little known tips for flying with your dog:
You Have Some Reservations – Once you’ve made your flight travel plans, you also need to call the airline to make a reservation for your dog. There is a limit to the number of pets on each flight, therefore it’s wise to call shortly after your ticket has been purchased. The last thing you want is to show up with your pup and there is no available space.
Pay(furry)Pal – Not many things are free in life, including flying with your teacup sized pup. When you buy a dog that takes up little to no space, you expect some “spacial freebies”, right? Well, unless you have a certified emotional support animal, you have to purchase a ticket each way for your dog. These prices range between $100 – $125 and are paid at the check-in counter. There are very few airlines that allow online payments.
Watch the Calendar – When you buy a dog, vet visits are common and should be routine. When you are flying with your dog, it is imperative that you read your airline’s pet policy rules. They require a veterinarian certified travel certificate, which includes a vaccination and overall health report. Most airlines require that this certificate be issued 48 -72 hours before the date of travel. Some airlines are rather strict and pay close attention, so be sure to visit your vet within the required timeframe.
Crate Comfort – There are tons of cute crates that you can purchase, however not all are in-cabin airline approved. Check the airline’s standards and compare that to the crate you have or plan to purchase.
International Travel – In addition to checking the pet policy for your airline, if you are traveling internationally, you also need to familiarize yourself with the pet travel policy per country. The entry and exit processes can be tricky. For instance, leaving the country Colombia, you are required to obtain a vet travel certificate 72 hours before your flight. The second requirement is that you visit one of their airports and obtain a parasite-free health certificate 48 hours before your date of travel. There are many caveats for international travel with your dog. You must research intently. There are lifelong surprises you’ll encounter when you decided to buy a dog on your traveler’s lifestyle.