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Travelling with your dog by plane can be a challenging experience. However, in several nations, changes are gradually taking place and more and more establishments are opening their doors to pets: accommodation, galleries, cafés, boats or means of transport are joining the dog-friendly trend, which means that your loyal companion is also welcome.
There are books and manuals on the market to guide us so that travelling to a dream destination does not mean giving up sharing special moments with our most loyal companion.
There are airports that have play areas for dogs
If you have chosen to travel by plane for your holidays or special dates, it is important to know that it is not necessary to do without them. Most airlines are gradually allowing pets, and many airports around the world are pet-friendly. Even lounges often allow pets as long as they do not cause a nuisance to other travellers. In addition, there are airports such as Palma Airport in Spain or Frankfurt Airport in Germany that have recreational areas for pets, with green spaces, games and water fountains.
More establishments are opening their doors to pets
Here are seven tips for travelling with your faithful friend on the plane:
1. Check with the airline:
Before making reservations, check the airline’s policies regarding travelling with pets. Each airline has specific rules, including permitted carrier sizes, breed restrictions and health requirements.
2. Proper carrier:
Use a carrier that complies with airline regulations and is comfortable for your dog. Make sure it allows enough room for your pet to move, turn around and lie down comfortably.
3.- Visit the vet:
Before you travel, schedule a visit to the vet to make sure your dog is in good health and meets all vaccination requirements. Ask your vet about the best way to manage your dog’s stress during the flight.
4. Identification tags:
Make sure your dog has up-to-date identification with its name, your name and phone number. Also, carry health documents and vaccination certificates with you in case they are needed. Very important to avoid carelessness during the trip.
5. Carrier training:
Familiarize your faithful friend with the carrier before the trip. Place toys or blankets on it to make it feel more comfortable. Make sure he associates the carrier with positive experiences.
6. Feeding and hydration:
Avoid feeding your dog just before the flight to prevent stomach problems. However, be sure to provide water to keep your dog hydrated during the trip. Check airline regulations regarding food and water in the carrier.
7. Pre-flight exercise:
Before flying, take him for a long walk or play with him so he can burn off energy and be more relaxed during the flight.
Remember that every pet is different, and some pets may need more time to get used to the process of air travel. It is always advisable to contact the airline in advance and follow all guidelines provided to ensure a safe and comfortable trip for your dog.