Dogs on Planes: 5 Tips to Make Your Pet Comfortable on Any Flight

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In 2018, US pet lovers owned nearly 90 million dogs.

When a pet becomes a part of your life, you’ll want to take them with you wherever you go. Even if that means you and your best friend jumping on a plane.

Taking a dog on a plane isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but there are a few things you can do to make life easier.

Read on as we take a look at five tips for taking dogs on planes.

1. Try to Fly Direct

The key to flying with your dog is to try to make the journey as short as possible.

If you can, aim to fly direct to your destination. Making your dog go through boarding a flight, being up in the air, landing, and then disembarking is hard enough to do once. Putting the poor thing through the whole rigmarole twice in a row isn’t going to be much fun.

If you can’t fly direct, try to build in a stopover.

2. Feed Them Before You Fly


You don’t want to have to open a can of dog food in the middle of the flight. Your fellow passengers won’t thank you for it.

Feed your dog a short while before your due to fly. Make sure they have some water too but don’t overdo it. The last thing you want is for your dog to need to relieve themselves all through the flight.

Make sure you let them have a toilet break just before you board the flight so they’re flying with an empty bladder.

3. Use a Pet Carrier

The safest and most comfortable way to take your dog on a plane is to use an airline approved dog crate.

Soft-sided carriers are a good choice as you may be able to stow them more easily under your seat. If your dog will be traveling in the hold, you’ll need a hard-sided carrier with plenty of ventilation.

The carrier must be big enough for your dog to turn stand and turn around.

4. Pack Extra Blankets


Once the AC kicks in, airplane cabins can get pretty chilly.

Make sure you pack plenty of extra blankets for your dog to keep them warm during the flight. Their favorite blankets also make them feel a little closer to home too which should help to keep them calm.

5. Bring a Chew Toy

If you’ve ever experienced your ears popping during a flight then you’ll know how uncomfortable it can get.

The same phenomenon can happen to your dog. You can help them to relieve the discomfort by bringing a chew toy along with you. Bringing a favorite toy will also make your dog feel a little happier on a long flight.

Are You Taking Your Dogs on Planes?


If you’re planning on taking your dogs on planes then we wish you the best of luck!

If you’re looking for something to distract you during your long flight, then give our site a look. We’ve got loads of great content from the weird and wacky to life tips and advice. We also have some great video content for you to watch, including clips featuring some adorable animals.

Feel free to take a look around.