As the isolation regulations begin to be lifted and the influx of dog adoptions continue, it’s only natural that plane travel with your dog will become more common. It can be nerve-wracking but with a little bit of preparation, you’ll be able to take your furry friend along for the adventure. Consider the pet policies per airline, the costs associated, the age and breed of your dog, along with your vet’s recommendations before jet setting with your pup. 

When flying with your dog you’ll need to supply a plane-travel approved carrier for in-cargo or in-cabin. Unfortunately, if your dog is over 20lbs and not considered a service dog, you’ll likely need to travel with him or her in cargo. Luckily, you can make it a stress-free trip for your dog by limiting the food and water intake before the flight, getting their health checked out, giving him or her plenty of exercise before the flight, and potentially supplying a sedative to help with any anxiety.

Now that you and your dog are prepped and ready, it’ll be easy to enjoy a vacation away without the guilt of leaving man’s best friend at home! Use this travel plane travel checklist to make sure you’re prepped and ready when boarding begins. 

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