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Flying With Fido

December 1, 2021

Season’s Greetings! This holiday season is turning out to be much busier than last year’s was. When traveling, many people like to bring their dogs with them …. even on planes. But is that a good idea? A vet discusses flying with Fido below.

Think It Over

Flying is quite stressful for many dogs. The concept of flight is something Fido doesn’t really understand, and he can get very scared by the vibration and noise. Your canine buddy may be happier and more comfortable being boarded. You’ll also want to take size into consideration. A little dog that can fit in your lap will have a much smoother flight than a big pooch that has to fly in cargo. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Have Paperwork

You’ll want to have copies of Fido’s vaccination and registration records with you. Paper copies can easily slip into your flight bag, but also take pictures of them and email them to yourself. That way you’ll have them in your phone gallery and inbox so you can access them online from anywhere.

Go Direct

While more expensive, direct flights are much easier on your furry buddy. Try to avoid layovers. If that’s not an option, book the flight with the shortest stops.

Do Some Research

Pet travel policies can vary quite a bit between airlines. This is an area where you definitely want to read the fine print! Also take note that some airlines just have better safety records for pet travel than others. Before booking your flight, do some reading. Also consider asking your vet about calming medication options to make the trip easier on your four-legged pal.


Fido’s usual treats and food may not be available at your destination. Consider shipping some to your destination. And if you’re staying at a hotel or AirBnB, you’ll want to coordinate with them or else use a mail store.


Be sure Fido has been microchipped, and that the registry information is up to date. Your canine pal should also be wearing ID tags. If he’ll be traveling in a crate, put an ID on that as well. Luggage tags work well for this. Or, you can use mailing labels. Put some clear tape over it to make it waterproof.

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