Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 11, 2017
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Flying Fidos: make travel easier for your dog

  1. Always travel with all your dog's records of shots and vaccines.

  2. Make sure your dog is comfortable in his or her carrier crate before a trip. Use it every day for just a few minutes until your dog is more relaxed (maybe after a week, maybe more), then take your dog in the carrier on a longer outings - to the park or for a ride in the car.

  3. Security checkpoints expect your dog to come out of his or her carrier. Plan how you’ll do it and wait for the last possible moment to let the dog out.

  4. Pets earn points one some airlines - such as Continental, JetBlue, and Pet Airways - while not on others such as (surprise, surprise!) Air Canada.

  5. A leash is like medication. You’ll need it right away at the other end. So pack it in a carry-on in case the bag you check in gets lost.

  6. If your pet can’t travel in the cabin, try not to have him or her travel during peak heat and cold periods. Avoid snowstorm season when a lot of flights are delayed for lengthy periods.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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