Flying with Dogs

Can I fly with my dog?

Flying with your dog is more complicated today, much like air travel can be for us humans. Gone are the days of simply putting your pup in a travel crate, shuttling him off with your checked luggage, and retrieving him at the baggage claim upon arrival. This is a good thing. Yesterday’s airline travel was unsafe and scary for our furry friends. Today, depending upon the airline and the size of your dog, you may choose between bringing your dog with you into the cabin or having Fido travel in the cargo hold. Generally speaking, it is safer to keep your dog with you in the cabin than having him ride in the cargo hold; however, airline policies regarding dogs also differ depending upon the dog’s size, breed, and temperament. Federal regulations require pets to be at least eight weeks old to fly.

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