What to do if Your Dog is Banned from Flight?

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s always nice to have your beloved friend accompany you wherever you go. The conditions have recently changed for certain dog owners, however. As of March 13th, certain “dangerous” dog breeds are banned from United Airlines, one of the most popular ways to travel by air.

While their primary focus was safety, it is still a frustration to owners possessing these particular breeds, that they can no longer travel with their dogs. As awareness grows, it is important that you realize that your dog may not be allowed to travel the next time you decide to fly.

The breeds listed under the restriction are:

1. Pit Bull Terriers

2. American Staffordshire Terriers

3. Pressa Canario

4. Perro de Presa Canario

5. Cane Corso

6. Dogo Argentino

7. Fila Brasileiro

8. Ca de Bou

While these are dog breeds targeted by unjustifiable discrimination, the airline can prohibit any dog they deem “dangerous” or that shows signs of aggression. In addition, any dog that is a mixed breed containing one or more of these breeds will also be prohibited. For those who feel that a dog is more than a pet, but rather a family member, this can be more of an insult rather than simply a safety issue.
Because you don’t want to plan your next trip only to run into trouble at the airport, it can be helpful to know your dog’s breed, even if they are a mixed breed. First, prepare by contacting your veterinarian to seek medical records and confirmation of breed if you are unsure. Having the proper documentation can smooth your travel issues.

While the rules prohibit these breeds, the one exemption is that the dog is neither greater than twenty pounds nor older than six months, whichever comes first. But, this fact relies on the confirmation of your dog’s health certificate which must be as recent as ten days. If you are planning to travel with your puppy, be sure that you consult with your veterinarian to get a certificate of health that is as close to your travel date as possible. Unfortunately, this possibility comes with its own set of problems. If you are staying for a long period, and returning after the certificate has aged more than ten days, you’ll either have to find a local veterinarian or find a different route back. Also keep in mind that puppies grow very quickly. If your dog passes the twenty pound mark during your stay, it will definitely cause travel issues. If you are planning to travel with a puppy of one of the banned breeds, you should consider other transportation options.

Just “Appearing” dangerous

While certain breeds are the target of the ban, there is also concern about dogs that act or appear dangerous. The airline reserves the right to prohibit any dog they deem “dangerous.” This can also lead to issues, especially since a dog that is traveling in their crate may feel threated when in a new and strange environment.

For everyone’s safety, you should consider consulting with your vet regarding safe “pacification” methods for your dog, especially if they’ve been trained to guard or protect you and your family. Tranquilizers and quality comfort can help keep them from panicking, by helping to soften your dog’s demeanor during travel. If your dog appears docile, there should be no reason to qualify it as dangerous.

Breed blocked

The last solution, especially for owners of certain dog breeds, is to choose alternative means of travel. While it can be upsetting and inconvenient, choosing an alternative airline or traveling by means of the road may be your safest and least time consuming choice. The inconveniences that certain airlines have recently created leave no choice for many dog owners, so other options must be considered. While proper dog care may require that you have to leave your pet with a trusted friend or qualified kennel, at other times, this is not possible, as in the case of moving. Many people are traveling for relocation purposes, or even for work, such as a traveling nurse or doctor. You should always practice safe travel habits, such as proper socialization, training, and controlling their environment. These will help insure that you and your dog enjoy a safe trip to your new location.

For many dog owners, this causes yet another hassle when it comes to involving pets in our lives. While some dog breeds have been misconceived with a “bad rap” about their demeanor, it is not the dog’s fault. Abuse, mistreatment, and improper training are the most common causes for dog aggression, and aren’t selective to any particular breed. So, always treat your dog with care and love, even if their breed has been discriminated as “dangerous.”

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Bring Your Dog When You Hit the Trail

A lot of people who love to travel have apprehensions about bringing their pets with them when they leave their homes.  It does require some work and preparation and they’ll find all of their efforts worth it as they get great pleasure in their trip with their furry pals.

First, the preparation for travel begins with your pet’s visit to his veterinarian. Ensure that the vaccination shots of your pet are all up to date.  Moreover, you can also get hold of essential medications if your pet has to take some medicines throughout the course of the trip.

Once you have to make hotel reservations, it is important for you to mention that you are planning to bring your pet with you.  This is the best time for you to find out if they charge extra fees for guests with pets.  There are pet friendly accommodations so look for that information as you’re choosing.  Work this out of ahead of time so that you’ll know what to do when you arrive.  You would not want your pet to stay in a very strange place at the last minute.

It is also recommended that you bring the most appropriate pet carrier for his size.  The carrier should at least allow your pet to stand and lie down.  Just make sure that it is not too big as you may have troubles having to haul it around with you.

Keep your pet leashed at all times as you’re visiting a new and unfamiliar place.  Also, bring a flea collar and apply flea medicine on their skin to prevent them from acquiring fleas or ticks from places you will be visiting.

Remember to bring a water bottle with you all the time plus a bag of treats.  Pay close attention to your dog if he needs a break or just some time alone.

Last of all, be a responsible pet owner.  Always clean up the mess your pet left after him.  Bring plastic bags for when you walk him so that you can clean up around the hotel or park area.  And, it would be helpful to carry a small vacuum cleaner whenever you have to clean up scraps, hair or litter created by your pet around the room or sleeping area.

Happy Trails!

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Traveling with Your Pup this Summer?

If you’re like most people, summer vacation is a tradition you love to indulge in each year. But if you’ve just gotten a new puppy and want to take him along for the ride, be sure that you’re keeping him happy, safe, and healthy with these easy travel tips:

  1. Make sure your dog is wearing his proper ID tags at all times. His collar should have your immediate contact info or a microchip.

  2. Stash a copy of your dog’s current health and immunization records into your glove box or suitcase in case something should happen.

  3. Be sure to read the fine print of your hotel’s pet policy. Some hotels charge additional pet fees and deposits, some refundable, some not – or they many not even allow pets at all.

  4. If you’re traveling by car, be sure that you’re taking frequent potty breaks for your puppy. If your dog has never tried going while on a leash, be sure to train your dog to do his business that way also.

  5. If you’re traveling by plane, check with the airline to see the pet policy and what accommodations can be made. Also be sure to give your pup a potty break before and after the plane ride.

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