The Air Transport Association website reassures us that “pets can and do travel safely aboard commercial aircraft.” The ASPCA’s website less cheerfully suggests that people “think twice about flying their pets on commercial airlines,” while the Humane Society of the United States urges you not to fly pets unless “absolutely necessary.” Statistics on hurt, lost, and dead animals appear on the U. Department of Transportation website but are hard to interpret; suppose a given airline loses twice as many animals as the others, are they more careless, or are they flying 10 times as many animals and thus actually more careful?According to the website Third Amendment.com, 227 animals were reported to have died or were lost or injured during air transport between May 2005 and February 2010.So there are risks in bringing your dog with you on a plane trip.On the other hand, there is no such thing as risk-free living, and maybe that early-June hike you’re planning for the Rockies would make your dog’s year as well.
When we were deciding to add a dog to our life, we deliberately chose a breed small enough to fly at our feet. airlines, and many international airlines, allow passengers to travel with an in-cabin dog.
A good carrier will be the correct size for your dog, fit under a plane seat, and have features that make your pet’s flying experience as comfortable as possible.
The official size maximums for pet carriers vary by airline, but typically describe a carrier between 16 and 19 inches long, about 10 inches tall, and about 12 inches wide (carriers on international flights can generally be a bit larger).
It’s a little hard to see why they can’t improve their record with companion animals, especially when you consider that, unlike children, animals are obliged to travel in closed containers.
If you want to fly with your dog, consider her behavioral health, her physical health, and her comfort.