Companions are part of the family so more and more people are taking their best friend in the air or on the road with them. Callie (my dog) loves to go for car rides, and soon she will be flying for the first time. And of course, I want to make sure that she is safe and enjoying herself too. So I created a list of 5 tips for traveling with your best friend:
1. If at all possible, do not opt to have the dog or cat fly in the cargo hold. The cargo department is dangerous and can even be fatal. Cargo holds typically don’t have any heat or air conditioning which is very uncomfortable. Dogs (and cats) also get scared since they don’t understand what’s going on and will escape from carriers. Some airlines allow animals to travel in the main cabin (I know Southwest does) and although you have to pay a fee, it’s obviously worth the cost to make sure the dog/cat is comfortable.
2. Make sure you get a sturdy carrier. As mentioned before, dogs and cats can easily escape if they get scared. Most airlines have their own carrier or you can find one at your local pet supply store. A couple days before your trip, open up the carrier and put some toys and blankets inside to show your companion that the carrier is safe.