Flying With Fido

Season’s Greetings! Well, this year’s holiday season is looking to be much busier than last year’s was. And many people like to bring their dogs along with them when traveling …. even on planes. Is that a good idea, really? A vet discusses flying with Fido below.

Think It Over

Dogs can experience high stress levels when flying. Since Fido doesn’t really understand how flying in a plane works, he can get very scared by the vibration and noise. Your canine pal may be happier and more comfortable being boarded. Something else you may want to consider is size. Small dogs that can fit in your lap will likely have a much easier time than big dogs that have to fly in cargo. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Have Paperwork

You’ll want to bring copies of Fido’s vaccination and registration records with you. Paper copies can easily fit in your flight bag, but it’s also smart to take pictures of them and email them to yourself. That way you can access them online from anywhere, since you’ll have them in both your phone gallery and inbox.

Go Direct

Direct flights are less stressful for your furry buddy, though they may cost a bit more. Avoid layovers, if you can. If that’s not possible, book the flight with the shortest stops.

Do Some Research

Pet travel policies can vary widely between the different airlines. You’ll definitely want to read the fine print in this area! Remember too that some airlines will have better safety records for pet travel than others. Do some reading before you book your flight. Also be sure to ask your vet about medication options that can help calm Fido and make the trip easier on him.


Fido’s usual food and treats may not be available for purchase at your destination. Consider shipping some to your destination. And of course, you’ll need to coordinate with them or use a mail store if you’re staying at a hotel or AirBnB.


Don’t forget to make sure your pooch has been microchipped, and that his registry information is up to date. Fido should also be wearing ID tags. And if he’ll be traveling in a crate, be sure to put an ID on that as well. Both mailing labels and luggage tags work well for this. You can also put some clear tape over a mailing label to make it waterproof.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us anytime.