10 Tips To Prepare Your Pooch For Air Travel
Publish Date: May 8th, 2020; Author: Darren M. Jorgenson.
But wait! There is one thing you forget about… Your dog.
Preparing Your Dog For Air Travel
Exhausting Your Dog
Dealing with Anxiety
Your vet will weigh your dog and prescribe a dose suitable for the situation. Whatever you do, NEVER try to medicate your dog’s anxiety (or any health issue he might have) with over-the-counter medications.
Over-the-counter meds can easily kill your dog.
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Monitor Fido’s Food and Water Intake
Get a Good Kennel
Usually, they are looking for a kennel with hard walls and roof and large enough for the dog to comfortably stand up inside.
In the weeks and maybe even months you should be crate training your dog not to be afraid of his kennel and to rest comfortably inside.
It is cruel to buy a kennel and shove your dog inside for a flight when he’s never had the time to acclimate himself to resting inside it adequately. Doing this to any dog can cause extreme anxiety in them. Why do that?
One last thing. Place some puppy training pads inside on the bottom of the kennel — just in case Fido has an accident during the flight.
Make Sure Fido is Comfortable
So throw Fido’s favorite blanket in there with him! He will be thanking you for it during that long and uncomfortable flight.
You might want to bring a green garbage bag with you too to hold the sopping mess away from the rest of your belongings.
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To do this, you will need to visit the vet within two weeks before your flight. Always Make sure that your Fido is up to date on ALL his shots, especially rabies. Ask your vet for a letter clearing Fido for flying. Veterinarians are used to drafting these short letters, and you won’t be able to get your dog on the flight without one.
After Your Flight
First Things First: get that dog out of his kennel as soon as you are outside and let him piddle!
He’s been locked away in that kennel for hours without being able to relieve himself comfortably. Give him that chance now.
After all, You’ve done to Prepare for this Trip, You both Deserve it…
About Post Author
Darren M. Jorgensen has a fondness for all animals, though dogs especially, have a huge home in his heart. He enjoys quilting, making handcrafted soap and bodyworks and anything that produces practical products. Jorgensen lives with his own service dog who doubles as an Emotional Support Animal. He gets it.
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