Whether you’re heading to a dog show, moving to another state, or simply want to take your dog on vacation with you, there are rules and regulations to follow when it comes to traveling with dogs. Here, our Newark Airport parking company shares some things to know:
So you’d like to take your dog on a flight with you? This is entirely possible, but it depends on the size of your dog. If your dog is small enough to fit in a travel carrier (usually around 8-9″ high, 12-13″ wide, and 15-20″ long) and doesn’t exceed the weight limit, many airlines will allow your dog to ride in the cabin of the plane with you as a carry-on item. However, each airline has a different policy, so know the rules before you book your flight.
If you have a medium or large dog, you’ll have to settle for them traveling in the cargo area of the plane. On some planes, they will be in the same area as the luggage; on others, they will be in a separate “pet” area. There are some species of dog that, no matter how large or small, airlines will not accept for travel. Usually short-nose breeds like pugs, Boston terriers, and others won’t be allowed on a plane at all due to their breathing limitations.
Most airlines charge a fee for traveling with a dog and the cost depends on where he/she is located during the flight. If you travel with your dog in the cabin, you’ll see a fee anywhere between $100 and $150 each way. If you “check” your dog and he/she travels in the cargo area, you could pay anywhere from $125 to $200 each way.
In other circumstances, like when a dog is assisting a disabled passenger, the dog will be able to ride in the cabin and at no additional charge.
Things to Remember
If your dog is traveling in a carrier in the cabin with you, your carrier will usually count as your “carry-on” luggage (but will still require a fee). This means you may have to check your other luggage. In addition, most airlines only allow one dog carrier per person and the dog must stay in the carrier at all times. Also check with your airline to see if they require a health certificate for your dog and keep in mind that most have to be at least two months old in order to travel.
Other Means of Travel
If you want to fly with your dog on a leash and in the cabin with you, you could consider an airline charter company, however, airfare can be pretty expensive for these small planes. Otherwise, you can always resort to driving your dog. If you’re traveling overseas, some airlines allow you to bring your dog as long as the flight is under a certain number of hours. And when it comes to cruises, many cruise lines don’t allow dogs, but there are a few that do.
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