As we become more mobile as a society so our pets often travel more. In order to fly your dog will need current health certificate and, if of age, rabies vaccination as well as an airline approved dog carrier.
For small dogs an airline approved pet carrier that slides under the seat allows your dog to be with you in the cabin. These can sometimes appear to be a large bag. For larger dogs a solid airline approved dog carrier is needed, most often a plastic enclosed crate is needed.
A proper airline dog carrier keeps the dog confined and should be large enough that your dog can stand up and turn around comfortably. A blanket or rug inside can help their comfort during flight but normally bedding is not allowed.
Each airline can have different regulations Generally there is a time during the hot months in the summer as well as extreme cold that pets are not allowed to fly in the cargo section for your pet’s protection. If you have a dog with a short nose, such as a bulldog, pug or Boston terrier it can be a good idea to have a tag clipped to the door with your contact information in case of emergency as these breeds can have increased difficulty breathing in warmer temperatures. Exceptions can be made for service and law enforcement or military dogs with documentation by arrangement.
An airline pet carrier should be sturdy enough to not come apart if jostled and have a door that closes securely. You cannot lock this door. There is usually an extra fee for flying with a dog, and you can expect to pay from $30 to $100 or more depending on the size of your dog for a good airline approved carrier. This is a good investment for vehicle travel and a ‘den’ for your pet at home also.
The all wire pet carriers are not airline approved dog carriers for shipping. They are wonderful for keeping your pet confined at home but be sure you are getting an airline approved dog carrier when purchasing.