Sedating dogs on airplanes
Not every state requires a health certificate, nor does every airline, but enough do that it is safest to get one.Schedule your appointment within 10 days of travel, and keep in mind that a health certificate is only good for 30 days after your vet signs it.The location of in-cabin pets must be known to the airline so they can seat allergy sufferers in another part of the cabin.Make an appointment with your veterinarian to get a health certificate for your dog (officially called a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection), saying that your dog is fit to travel and is up to date on her vaccinations.On most planes, a middle seat offers the most under-seat space, but ask the reservation agent if the plane you’ll be traveling on has a bulky electronics box in that space.If possible, choose a non-stop flight to your destination, to reduce your travel time.If you must change planes, schedule a long layover between flights (at least an hour and a half) to give you time to visit a pet relief area with your dog.It is very expensive to travel with an in-cabin pet (typically about 0 each way), and you may be tempted to smuggle your pet onboard. An increasing number of airlines are adding a special tag to pet carriers upon check-in, and airline representatives will look for that tag.
When we were deciding to add a dog to our life, we deliberately chose a breed small enough to fly at our feet. airlines, and many international airlines, allow passengers to travel with an in-cabin dog.
You may, therefore, be able to use a slightly larger carrier than is officially allowed, as long as it will compress to fit in a plane’s under-seat space.
Once you are airborne and you pull your dog’s carrier out into your legroom area, a larger carrier will give your pet a bit more room to move around.
A good carrier will be the correct size for your dog, fit under a plane seat, and have features that make your pet’s flying experience as comfortable as possible.
The official size maximums for pet carriers vary by airline, but typically describe a carrier between 16 and 19 inches long, about 10 inches tall, and about 12 inches wide (carriers on international flights can generally be a bit larger).