Dogs are our most loyal companions, ready to follow you anywhere at a moment’s notice. But what happens when you need to bring your dog to a new city or even across the country? It is highly likely you and your pet will need to travel by plane. Each airline has specific guidelines about traveling with your dog. But it is important to know that certain breeds of dogs may be banned altogether from flying on a plane. Continue reading to find out why Some Dogs Are Not Allowed on Planes.
Why Some Dogs Are Not Allowed on Planes
Traveling by plane
Airline guidelines about traveling with your dog include age and type of dog breed. Dogs can travel in both the cabin and cargo areas of the plane, but there are restrictions for both. In general, most airlines require health certifications and proof of current vaccinations. Apart from that, all dogs must be in an approved crate when transported in the cargo area of the plane.
Some airlines will allow small dogs, such as chihuahuas to ride in the cabin of a plane under the seat in a crate or carrier. But remember to be mindful of others around you. There are many types of chihuahuas and the last thing you want is a very high-strung dog barking at your neighbor.
A service dog is also allowed to fly in the cabin with their owner. But they cannot obstruct any aisles and they are not allowed to sit on a seat.
Which dogs are not allowed on planes?
Certain airlines will not allow certain breeds of dogs to travel in the cargo area of the plane. These breeds include short-nosed dogs such as pugs, bulldogs, boxers, shih tzus, and terriers to name a few. This ban was created because short-nosed dogs are highly susceptible to breathing problems.
Prior to the bans, numerous deaths of dogs occurred in summer months because temperatures were higher. Causing breathing problems and ultimately death for several dogs. As a result, several airlines placed bans on these breeds, while other airlines have chosen to only ban these breeds in the summer months when temperatures are higher.
It is important to check with the specific airline to determine if your dog is on the list of breeds that may be banned.
There can also be age restrictions for dogs. Many airlines will not allow dogs younger than ten weeks to fly on an airplane or very old dogs that are frail and weak. This is because young pets will not be properly vaccinated and can put other dogs at risk. Flying can also be a very traumatic experience for a very young or old dog.
What if my dog is banned from air travel?
If your dog is on the list of breeds that are banned from air travel, there are companies who specialize in transporting these breeds of dogs. There are companies that charter planes specifically for transporting dogs that have been banned by commercial airlines. There are also several companies that also offer ground transportation and will ensure that your pet arrives at its final destination safe and unharmed.
So when you and your dog are ready to embark on a new journey, make sure you make the proper arrangements so that you and your dog will have the safest and easiest traveling experience possible.
Sarah writes for Crazy Pet Guy. She is an animal lover and an advocate of proper pet care. She hopes her blog can teach more people about her passion and their own responsibilities as pet owners.
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