Safety Tips for Flying with a Dog in Cabin

How To Keep Your Dog Calm On A Plane – 9 Great Tips

Have you heard the terrible stories about the pets suffering during air travel? Are you worried on how to keep your pet calm on a plane?

Travelling with your pets will be more enjoyable with your pet if you follow our great tips.

  •  Search for the pet-friendly airports that offer pet relief stations/ pet area. If your pet needs a potty break, he/she will get there. A pet-friendly airport will let you put your dog on a leash while in the terminal.
  • Train your pet to make use of the puppy pads in case if the airport doesn’t offer any pet area.
  • Choose a mostly-empty row to sit in with your pet (if the airplane isn’t very full of passengers). Most pets like to be away from the annoyance on a plane. If possible, it’s wise to fly on the light travel days. If there are fewer passengers on the flight, the staffs may pay more attention to keep your pet comfortable and safe.
  • If your dog/ cat suffer severe anxiety on the flight, urinate in the pet carrier or pet crate and also cry, you can give them natural remedies/ herbal supplements.
  • You may use essentials oil spray that will provide relaxing and calming aromatherapy to your pet during the trip.
  • Do your homework to choose the most comfortable pet carrier for your pet. Also, make sure that your pet carrier will fit nicely under your seat.
  • Let your pet to get used to the carrier before travelling. Leave the pet inside the crate/ carrier several times. Spending sometimes in the carrier makes your pet feel comfortable and secure.
  • Keep a toy and chew stick. Chewstick prevents the cat/dog from nervousness. If your pet is naughty and likes to bite everything in its path, wooden dog crates or plastic dog crate can be the best option for him/her.
  • Try to book the straight flights so that you don’t need to move your pet carrier. It’ll  make the travel much more comfortable for your pet and you.

Hope, our tips will help you to have a successful trip with your pet.

 Air Travel With Pet- How To Prepare Before The Flight

Good preparation is the key to stress-free travel with a pet.

  • To reserve a spot/ seat for your pet, call the airline long before your flight.
  • Learn the airline approved pet carrier size.
  • Have all of your pet’s paperwork organized and packed before leaving for the airport.
  • If the concerned airport requires proof of vaccination of your pet, take it with you.
  • If you plan to travel during the summer, check the forecast for the day you intend before your trip. The reason is some airlines impose an official ban on animal travel on hot days.
things to know before flying with large dog in cabin

         If you’re planning to transport your pet via the cargo area of your plane, you will need a heavy-duty dog crate that provides more protection.

  • If your pet is travelling for the first time or it’s a nervous traveller, don’t feed it too close to takeoff. If your trip will take a long time, it’s better to feed it 2 to 3 hours before the flight. And don’t give it any food until you get to the destination.
  • You must provide your pet enough drinking water during the trip to keep him/her hydrated. Make sure the cups or bowl is suitable for travelling. 
  • Let your pet to play around before you leave for the airport. It’ll help your pet to run off energy that will keep him/ her to stay cool when you get to the airport. It’ll also give them the chance to empty their bladder.

FAQ (Frequent Asked Questions)

Q:What does airline approved mean?
Ans:It means that the carrier is leak-proof, keeps the pet safe, and has adequate ventilation.

Q:How do I know if a pet carrier complies with air travel?
Ans:The best way to find out is to check for “Airline Approved” tag stated next to the product name.

Q:Where in the plane will the pet carrier sit?
Ans:The carrier is designed to fit under the seat in front of you.

Q:How do I fold the carrier after use?
Ans:Remove the liner, detach the stability board, put back the cover, and fold down.

Q:What does recommendable on board mean?
Ans:It means the carrier is compliant with an airline’s specific requirements& will be allowed on board.

Q:Are pet carriers appropriate for old or disabled pets?
Ans:Yes. In fact, carriers help keep such pets safe, active and entertained since they'll be close to you.

Q:Any on-board age restrictions for pets?
Ans:Yes, pets younger than eight weeks aren’t allowed


He is a dedicated dog lover, a veterinarian, and pet advisor. He’s working for more than 10 years with the intentions of helping pet owners to overcome some of their most pressing issues with their pets. He’s also a passionate blogger and expertise in writing about all types of pets.

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