There are many situations where you might need to
transport your dog. You could be moving across the country or going on holiday.
Transporting your dog isn’t as simple as buying a plane ticket for your dog and
calling it a day. You’ll need to take precautions to ensure that your best
friend arrives at his destination unscathed. Here’s how you can go about
transporting your dog.
- Bring your dog into the airplane cabin with you – Many airlines allow their passengers to bring their dogs into the airplane cabin with them. The caveat to this rule is that the dog must weigh less than 20 pounds and be able to fit under the seat in front of you. Check with the airline before taking your dog as the rules vary per airline. Flights are allowed to hold only a certain number of pets, which is why you should let the airline know that you're planning to bring your pet in advance. Fees are usually within the range of $50 to $125.
- You might be able to fly your dog in the cargo hold – If your dog is bigger, you might be able to fly your dog in cargo. It isn't ideal as it's always a risk flying a dog in cargo. However, you can make it easier for your dog by following these tips.
a. Fly direct flights.
b. Tell the captain and a flight attendant that your dog is in cargo as this might influence their decision making and cause them to take special precautions.
c. The flight you take should be dependent on the season. If you're flying in the summer, choose early morning or a late evening flight. If you’re flying in the winter, choose an afternoon flight.
d. Make use of a collar that won't snag onto anything by accident. A permanent ID, which includes your name, phone number, home address, telephone number, should be attached to the collar.
e. Cut your dog’s nails short so that they don’t get stuck onto anything.
f. Forget about tranquilizers unless your vet prescribes them for the flight.
- Ship your canine through freight – Plenty of companies who transport animals through either air or land exist. The IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transport Association) is a good place to start. If you'd like to avoid being scammed, make use of the IPATA to find a company to transport your dog. Charges could range from anywhere between several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on various factors such as distance, animal size, and so on.
Transporting a dog
isn’t cheap or easy. The right way to do it is to spend as much money as you
can to ensure your dog is comfortable and arrives safely.