Last Tuesday afternoon a dog named Bear was found dead in KLM's cargo hold after a long flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles. Bear was a healthy, happy puppy heading for his new home according to the devastated family now demanding answers.
After experiencing up close these dog deaths in the last several years and having close contact with the families most of these deaths have been somewhat preventable. We have gathered our thoughts and decided to share with you our tips and expertise when it comes to flying with your dog. We never want to hear of another preventable dog death again. We hope you read this guide and decide to follow our advice to prevent this from happening to you.
There are so many options to have your dog well taken care of without actually taking your dog with you. Now more than ever there are luxury pet hotels that you can leave your pet at and have complete peace of mind. If this is not within your budget you can leave your dog with a close friend, family member or neighbor. If you believe the person who will be taking care of your dog won't be able to take your dog for a walk you can hire a pet sitter or a pet walker. Apps have made it easier than ever before to hire a dog walker for your dog, However if all the above are not viable options please continue to read our tips in regards to taking your dog on a plane.
Other bags might be cute but when it comes to safety and airlines please only use a TSA approved bag. They are allowed in the airport, aircraft, easier to move from place to place and have the appropriate ventilation. Make sure the bag is the right size for your dog and use the sizing chart in order to determine the pawfect fit.
Please choose carefully which Airline you choose to board with your pet. Not all are equal and will treat you and your pet the same. Research the type or Airline and their reputation. Only fly with an airline that is pet friendly and will treat your pet as your family member.
Do not skimp when it comes to your dogs well being. Buy him/her a ticket and let the Airline know in advance you are bringing your dog. Bring a certificate of health from your dog's vet in case the Airline asks for this information. The TSA approved bag should have "PET ON BOARD" sign or flag but in the case you don't have it ask the Airline to clearly mark the bag that there is a pet.
Most Airports have a pet release station. We recommend allowing enough time between arriving and boarding the plane so you can make sure your pet gets their potty time. There will be less chances your dog will urine or defecate when the plane takes off or lands.
Your dog will be in the TSA bag for the flight. We recommend having a bag with an opening on the side and on top. Please listen to your dog during the flight and check on him/ her every few minutes. Listen if your pets breathing is normal or becomes more labored. We would encourage you to place the air vent from above aiming at your dogs head.
Give your dog water during the flight when the aircraft serves drinks. Try to be discrete about it and only open the top of the bag and place your hand with the bowl inside the bag.
If you notice your dog is panting it might be useful to use your cooling bandana to keep your dog cool and calm.
Is your Frenchie calm and easy going or is your dog anxious during car rides and meeting new people? You might need something extra to keep your dog calm. Consult with your vet prior to boarding a plane if a calming medicine is beneficial for your dog.
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY OR LABORED BREATHING PLEASE TELL AN AIRLINE ATTENDANT IMMEDIATELY, REMOVE YOUR DOG FROM THE BAG PLACE HIM/HER ON YOUR LAP AND ASK FOR THE OXYGEN FACE MASK AND PLACE IT ON YOUR DOGS FACE.
IN NO EVENT YOU SHALL AGREE TO PLACE YOUR DOG IN THE CARGO (OR ANYWHERE OTHER THAN RIGHT BY YOUR LEGS). IT IS DANGEROUS. SOME DOGS MAKE IT WHILE OTHERS DON'T.
Following the above tips we are confident your dog will be safe during a flight.
When we created Frenchiestore we made safety our number one priority, this is the reason we never used plastic buckles in any of our products. Dogs are dying every single day from preventable accidents. It is our responsibility to educate and bring awareness and together make a difference. When it comes to our pets they are our family and we need to do everything to protect them.
Please share this info with your friends and family members, together we can make pets safety our priority.
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