Airlines are becoming increasingly more inclusive of pets on their flights making it even easier to take your dog with you to visit family or on holiday. Some airlines will even allow your pet to fly with you in the cabin, removing the scary process of shipping your dog with other cargo. However, flying with your dog raises a lot of questions and concerns and it may be hard to know exactly how the process works.

Here, we’ve put together a blog to help you understand the process of flying with your dog.

Pet passport

Just like any human, if your dog is flying abroad, you’ll need to acquire a passport for them. It contains details about your pet including microchip number and date of birth as well as information about the owner and a description of your pet. There are a few other things to consider as well, including a dog tracker chip and pet vaccinations.

What else does my dog need to fly?

If you are flying to an EU country from the UK, you will need a valid rabies vaccine, a microchip, a valid healthcare certificate and tapeworm treatment. For travel outside of the EU, you’ll need an export health certificate (EHC). This is a certificate that confirms that your pet meets the health and safety requirements of the country you are travelling to. To get one of these certificates, you will have to apply online and get your vet to sign it. They will check that your pet meets the health and identification requirements meaning they are fit to travel outside of the EU.

Cargo or carry on?

Finding the right flight may be a case of seeing which airlines allow dogs to fly in the cabin. An airline may do their best to make your dog comfortable in the cargo hold, but it is usually an unpleasant experience for them. It’s best to keep your dog with you so you can ensure they are happy and comfortable. Many flights allow dogs that are small enough to fit in a carrier under the seat in front of you. The main pet-friendly airlines include KLM, Lufthansa and TUI. Check the airline’s website before you book and make sure you state that you will be bringing your dog as a carry-on.

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