Is it safe to ship dogs by air? Expert Advice

Does my pet get food and water in cargo?

Yes, but every airline pet cargo policy differs. American Airlines Cargo, for instance, requires pet owners to provide two dishes (one for food and one for water). The dishes must be attached to the inside of the hard-sided kennel but accessible from the outside (so airline personnel do not have to open the kennel). Although American Airlines provides water for pets, pet owners are required to provide enough food for at least 24 hours just in case your dog or cats flight is delayed, cancelled, rerouted, etc.

We strongly recommend reviewing your airlines pet policy page before booking any travel plans.

Air travel can be risky for pets

We recommend that you weigh all the risks when deciding whether to transport your pet by airplane. Air travel can be particularly dangerous for animals with “pushed in” faces (the medical term is “brachycephalic”), such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats. Their short nasal passages leave them especially vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke.

Consider all the alternatives to flying. If you plan to bring your pet on vacation, driving is usually a better option. If you cant travel by car, your pet will probably be healthier and happier if you leave them behind under the care of a pet-sitter or boarding kennel. But there are times when that won’t be possible and you’ll have to determine whether the benefits of flying outweigh the risks.

58% of pets flying around the world are dogs

Dogs are easily the most popular pet in the world. With the many different breeds, sizes, and of course, their loyalty to their owners this is understandable. With more people traveling now, the idea of leaving their dog at home is simply too much. This is why more dog owners opt to bring their dogs along, even on flights, to ensure they can spend quality time together even on vacation.

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This article’s statistics come from third-party sources and do not represent the opinions of this website.

Throughout the years, pets have moved their way into our hearts and become part of the family. This bond, shared between pets and their owners, is why leaving your pet behind when we travel has become so difficult. With many of us needing service or emotional support animals by our side, airlines have become more open to allowing our beloved animals on board with us. The big question is, how safe is it for our animals on board?

With more and more animals taking flight, airlines are making things much better for both pets and owners, but they are also narrowing the scope on animals they will allow. Take a look at these statistics for this year and see how common it is for animals to fly and learn more about the safety involved.