Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on travelling by plane with a dog. By both the owner as by employees of airlines. They lack the training to give proper treatment to pets travelling with them and because of that arise a lot of problems. And accidents happen.
There are two ways to raise a dog on a plane, in the cabin or in the cargo compartment.
Travelling by plane with a dog in the cockpit
The cabin is only reserved exclusively for small dogs or puppies. They must travel in cages small enough to fit under the seat or in bags designed especially for it to have sufficient ventilation. Some airlines do not accept dogs in the cabin. It is important that if you want to travel with your little friend in this way, ask before buy or book your ticket. The cost is variable.
Travelling by plane with a dog in the charge bucket
There are two types of cargo compartments pressurised and unpressurized. When pressurised oxygen is provided, this is in order that animals travelling there can breathe properly. The lack of a culture of the employees of the airlines in some countries is such that there have been cases when dogs are placed in non-pressurized compartments for which the journey has proved fatal. Under this personally, I have a habit of before takeoff approach the pilot or any of the crew and beg in the most attentive way to verify that my dogs have been placed in the appropriate compartment. If the plane has no pressurised cabin dogs can not travel on that plane unless you do it in the cabin.
To travel this way dogs must travel in a cage that meets the following characteristics:
- The most convenient and easy to acquire cages are plastic. If you decide on one of these, take care that the doors are metal to have the necessary strength. The door must be closed by a secure but easy mechanism to open by anyone in an emergency.
- If the cage is assembled with screws carefully check that all are placed and perfectly tight.
- You must have windows or holes in the walls to provide adequate ventilation.
- Visible labels to identify your pet as a live animal and arrows indicating the correct position of the cage.
- Plus a label with the data of the owner, destination, and a phone to call in case of emergency.
- You should NOT have wheels or any other prominence that can get caught or likely to cause sliding.
If the journey is long, more than 8 hours, it must contain two containers easily accessible one for water and one for food.
- The time the dog drank water and ate for the last time and the time to do it again;
One of the most serious problems, when you are travelling by plane with a dog in cargo compartments, are sudden changes in temperature to which they are exposed. This is the situation: the pressurised compartments have a temperature of 18 to 19 C, if the passenger is landed in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora 39 C and within minutes entering a building with air conditioning can already imagine what can happen. Some airlines have restricted to accept pets at certain times of the year or under specific climatic conditions. These periods are called embargos, ask your airline if you have, however, usually occurs in the months of June to August.
If travelling with several dogs do not stop to ask if you can, most airlines only accept two dogs per person.
We must bear in mind that for canines to almost lack of sweat glands is rather poor in heat removal. In addition to that, there are particular races that by their anatomical constitution are at a greater risk of having a problem because their respiratory tract is not very efficient. Among them are:
- English bulldog;
- Dogue de Bordeaux;
- French bulldog;
- Neapolitan mastiff.
I personally recommend that you are not travelling by plane with a dog. If I recommend that pre-trip exercise extreme precautions are inevitable.
Papers you might need when you are travelling by plane with a dog
In Mexico, for a dog to be flown health requires a guide, it is processed with the presentation of a medical certificate and immunisation records. Always carry two copies of these documents among other requirements that may vary according to your city and country. In the Mexico City Airport has an office where these guidelines are processed and are open 24 hours.
Get a dog and bring it back to your country is not so easy. Standards can be different in each city or country, it is best to consult with health and customs authorities all requirements and possible situations you will face. In this way, you can be prepared for the unexpected and you will save your pet unnecessary inconvenience.
It is important for the dog to be more comfortable putting it in the cage a couple of nights before a bed of torn newspaper. Is not convenient to use mattresses or blankets because if an accident occurs in the course of the trip we will most likely have to take them to disposal. It is also convenient to put in the cage a T-shirt you slept the night before. When the dog will feel your scent and I will make him calmer and safer.
If possible do not give food to the dog the night before, offer all the water they want to take. At the airport do all the paperwork and ask the airline employee for the last time in which the dog has to go toward the plane and do not let them take it so far. Prior to this time take the dog if possible to a green area, try to go to the bathroom and offer him water.
The costs of Travelling by plane with a dog
Some airlines charge for dogs per kilogramme if the dog is medium to large turns out to be quite expensive, some others charge by piece, although rates vary for domestic flights range between $ 30 and $ 60 for international.
There are countries or areas like Hawaii that are free of certain diseases such as rabies and quarantine periods required to support the input of some species. Check this before you travel and take appropriate action.
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If you’re travelling by plane with your dog personally call the airline, do not trust your travel agent, ask all the details that I mentioned, if possible you give it in writing and that even the managers know their guidelines internal. No precaution is superfluous to safeguard the welfare of the well-called man’s best friend.
Happy journey and start travelling by plane with a dog!