Sedating dogs for airplane travel
If you are travelling regularly with your pet then we would always recommend a plastic pet carrier - these are the easiest to store and the easiest to clean.
However for big dogs these are just not suitable- get in touch with us and we'll put a price together to includ an appropriately sized wooden crate.
It is kept at the same temperature and pressure as the cabin, since the captain is notified of animals on board, and will make sure of this.
Your pet will need to fly in a flight kennel made to IATA specifications, with enough room inside for the pet to stand up, turn around and lie-down in.
We will then attach the lead and collar to the outside of the box.
Note: Please don’t put your best lead with your dog- whilst we will secure it to the box as well as we can, there is still the chance that the lead could be lost in transit.
We can supply you with a flight kennel or if you have your own, and it is suitable, we can fly your pet in that crate.
They will be fine for the flight, even if it is a long one- it’s only us humans that need to eat all the time!
We will provide them with water for the flight in the form of an ice block in their water bowl (attached to the front of the crate).
You are welcome to put bedding in with your pet, as long as it’s not too bulky- the pet will need 3-4 inches clearance above its head to be allowed on the flight, including the bedding.
Their own bedding will help to calm them down, or you could put a t-shirt or pillow case in with them with your scent on- this makes them feel at home during pet travel.