Mountain Standard Poodle
Mountain Standard Poodle
Mountain Standard Poodle
-Some airlines will only make pet reservations up to 14 days in advance, so you might not be able to make your pet's reservation at the same time as you buy your ticket. Just be sure to put it on the calendar and get it done as soon as you can, before the flight fills up.
-Some airlines allow small pets as your carry on, some do not. Make sure you contact your airline with specific details about carrier size and weight.
-Some breeds of dogs are not allowed to fly, be sure to check with your airline. A lot of short nosed breeds aren’t allow to fly due to health concerns.
-Pets are required to have certified vet paperwork (health certificate) to travel. It must be dated within 10 days of your travel-your return trip too. Keep in mind, if you are going on a long trip you may need to find a vet to update the paperwork before you can fly back.
-Pets that fly in cargo are required to have a crate big enough to sit or stand in without touching the top. With some dogs, the crate seems way too big, even though they barely take up any room. Because they are tall, however, the airline still requires a large crate.
-Most airlines require at least a food dish and water dish in the crate with the animal. The dishes must attach to the crate. Check with your airline if there are any other items they require.
-The night before you can fill the water dish half full and then freeze it. The next day at the airport you can fill the rest of the dish with water. The ice melts slowly and the dog has water to drink the rest of the flight. If you forget, you can ask at the check in desk, sometimes they have ice you can put in the dish for the dog.
-Some flights are long so make sure your pet is comfortable with a blanket or mat.
-Toys are great! Make sure it is an appropriate toy for your size/type of pet to avoid any choking hazard.
-Make sure you have a leash with you or have the person at the check in attach it to the crate. Your pet might be upset or confused when you pick him up and he could run off and get lost when you open the crate.
-Make sure you have tags on your pet's collar with your updated contact information.
- Know where the cargo drop off is before you go to the airport, it’s usually not the same place you check in with your ticket.
-Give yourself plenty of time to get checked in. The airlines we have used have a very strict cut off time. If the lines are long, and you can’t get checked in on time, the computer system will shut you out and your dog will miss the flight.
Travel tip #1: Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead!!!
Pet Travel Tips
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-Give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination, to allow for potty breaks. Traveling can throw a dog’s system off so they may need more, or sometimes less, time to potty. Remember the pickup bags!-Bring LOTS of cleaner and paper towels. Dogs can get car sick too. Listen for your dog's cues. If she starts whining, she may be sick or may need to potty so be ready to pull over. If you can't get over in time safely, just remember it is better to clean a mess than to get into an accident. Also, be sure to keep the cleaner and towels somewhere safe so she can't find them and eat or drink them.
-Being in a new situation or environment can make your dog nervous. So ALWAYS keep him on a leash, to avoid running off or even fighting with other dogs you may meet. Make sure his collar always stays on him, with your updated information on his tag. -If possible, plan ahead and find a few dog parks along the way so your dog can run. Also, if you will be staying the night along the way, plan ahead. Not all hotels are pet friendly and sometimes they fill up fast.-Don’t forget food and water dishes. Also, don’t forget food and water. It’s not good for the dog to instantly change food brands if you can’t find the same brand at your destination. We used to feed our dogs a certain brand of food. It is common in the west but it isn’t sold very freely across the Midwest. If we ever forgot to pack enough, it was a hassle trying to find the specific brand.-Bring lots of toys so she is not chewing up your car. Long trips can be very boring for a dog. -If your car allows, it could be a good idea to have a crate or dog cage bar, to protect the driver from being distracted. It can also protect the dog and passengers from being hurt in an accident. Just make sure the crate is big enough for the size of your dog to be comfortable. There are a few states that actually have seatbelt laws for dogs, so make sure you are following the laws in the states you will be traveling. -Blankets or even shower curtains are great to put down to protect from mud and dirt he might have on his feet. -Don't forget about her needs once you get to your destination. For instance, will she need a mat or crate? What about a temporary exercise fence? -Dogs have a harder time regulating their temperature than humans, so it is very important to never leave your dog in the car. More can be read on this subject on our summer time page.