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Shared Private Charter Flights for Pets

Pet Friendly Shared Private Charters are more affordable and available than ever. Here’s How

What are Shared Charter Flights for Pets?

Shared Private charters for Pets allow travel In Cabin regionally and internationally for Dogs, Cats and all Pets. Pet parent groups join together to hire and share the cost of a private jet making the flight affordable by dividing the cost among all passengers.

What makes Private Charter travel for Pets affordable is when the Jet is shared with other Pet Parents.

How Does Shared Private Charter for Pets Work?

There are Groups on Facebook and other social media that work together to cut out the middle man, share information on their Pet Travel departure and destination, choose a date and then contract DIRECTLY with a private jet company.

These Pet Parents provide their route and month of departure, and others who are looking for the same or similar route join other like-minded travelers with Pets and cut out the middle man.

Then, they contract the Private Jet company the group has found available for that route, combine their funds spreading the cost among those who join the flight to make the cost of sharing a Private Jet exclusively for Pets cost-effective.

Dogs, Cats and other Pets fly In Cabin sharing cabin with other passengers and their Pets.

Private Jets Pet Travel is typically offered on smaller 10- to 30-passenger planes flying domestic and international routes.

The most popular routes are from New York to Europe, either France, Italy or Spain.  But there are groups that focus on South American travel and Asian countries.

When the group is formed before the private jet company is contracted, you have more negotiating power than just purchasing a flight already scheduled.

You can still choose to purchase individual flights online with private companies just as they do with any other commercial airline.

  Shared private charters for Pets allow for more options and negotiating price than just buying a seat on an existing flight.

Many believe that flying on a private jet is for the rich or those who want a bit of luxury.

Still is true for some, but shared private jet travel has become a necessity for many of us.

Shared Charter Flights Facebook

Cost of Flying with Pets on a Shared Private Jet

Since you aren’t chartering the entire aircraft for just you and your Pets, the cost is spread out among the passengers who contract a private jet company. 

Cost ranges from fares that are comparable to business or first class fares on major commercial airlines flying to major hubs domestically.

Such as routes between New York and Florida for about $1,000.

Staying in the US?  Interstate flights range from $200 to $1,000 to fly with Pet in cabin on board a private jet shared with other Dogs and Cats.

Or Internationally from New York or New Jersey to Paris, Milan or Lisbon between $6,000 and $9,000. I have found Los Angeles to Los Cabos for about $2,000 one-way for me and my 2 cats. 

What Pets are Allowed on Shared Private Flights?

Sharing a Private Charter flight welcomes any Pet that can travel safely onboard–regardless of size or weight.  Of course, most Pets that fly are Dogs and Cats, but private charter flights for Pets are designed to cater to nearly all domesticated Pets.

Watch out for the middle-man! A like-minded group can organize the flight themselves saving thousands.

Large, small, and multiple pets who are often traveling for relocation and not just vacation use private charters when commercial airlines will not fly them, or the Pet Parent refuses to fly their Pet in cargo.

Most passengers choose shared jet travel because flying their beloved Pet in Cargo or as Checked Baggage is not an option because they do not feel their Pet will be safe.

Some Pet parents simply cannot find an airline to allow their Pet to travel because of country restrictions at their destination.

For some, their Pet is too big, or their breed is snub nosed or considered “aggressive or dangerous”.

RELATED: Airlines that Allow Snub-Nose Dogs and Cats In Cabin in 2022

RELATED: Flying with a Large Dog In Cabin in 2022

Why Should I Fly with Pets on Charter Flights?

As Dustin Volz in the Wall Street Journal shares in his article “Having Trouble Flying with Your Dog? Charter a Private Jet for Princess”, there are many good reasons to consider a private charter. Here are the best:

1. Cost

While there are actually some pretty great deals to be found in the semi-private flight charter groups, the flights will typically cost more than the commercial flight.

The reality is that moving or travel with Pets is a significant expense that has to be budgeted for. 

Finding an airline that will fly your Pet In Cabin is hard.  Shared Private Charter sometimes becomes the only answer. 

It becomes the primary deciding factor on how and when you travel or relocate.

However, there is a lot to be said for what these flights can save you in terms of time and frustration.

Also, be sure to do all the math regarding any additional fees you might pay on a commercial flight (e.g., for baggage) to see how a shared private flight compares.

You will have to be flexible. There are limited flights to choose from. When traveling with Pets, there are fewer routes and dates. 

The flight on your route may only fly there 5 times a year.  Especially for shared charter travel.

But when compared to leasing a private jet for you alone, the cost is significantly less and cost somewhere between the cost of a first-class ticket and double the cost of first-class.

2. No Cargo or Checked Baggage

When flying your Pet in Cargo IS NOT an option, Shared Charter flights provide a viable option.  Your Dog, Cat or other Pet will be safe In Cabin with you at your side. 

See Also, Cool Pet Travel Gear for the Stylish Dog

3. You Fly with your Pet from Smaller and Separate Terminals

This allows you to arrive with your Pets at the airport less than 1 hour before takeoff.  You are met by the flight attendant, they review your travel documents and you’re on the way without arriving hours in advance in a busy airport, queuing in multiple lines and waiting for hours.  

4. Shorter Lines at the Airport for You and Your Pet

Most carriers recommend arriving 30 to 40 minutes before your flight is scheduled to take off.  One hour to be safe.

No need to arrive at the airport three or four hours early.

There are no distracting crowds to add anxiety to your pet.  There are no long security lines.

There are few things more disheartening than arriving at the airport—even with plenty of time before your flight—only to see a line of people snaking through security—especially, the potential health and safety concerns about crowds brought on by the pandemic. 

With smaller aircraft, smaller airports, the crowds and lines are basically non-existent when flying on a shared private charter.

5.  Easier Custom Checks for You and Your Pets

You can check your bags, walk straight through security without removing your shoes or liquids.

Because you are flying through a smaller airport and have chartered a private company, you receive personal attention. Sometimes, the custom agents come aboard the flight to check documents and clear customs in the comfort of the plane.

6. Comfort

For example, JSX, 30-passenger planes have a 2-1 seat configuration and include gourmet snacks and drinks and uncrowded private lounges to enjoy before your flight.  The seats are akin to first-class—wide and comfortable.

What are the Cheapest Pets Private Charter Flights with Pets?

FB Groups should be used to cut out the middle man., If you see long posts by the charter aircraft brokers–keep looking. They are no different than any other high-priced charter flight broker on Google.

The middle-man destroys any option for a cost-effective flight with your Pet In Cabin.

Some shared charter flight groups provide the easiest on the budget. Companies like JSX, La Compagnie, and Blackbird allow Pet travelers to snag a coveted seat on a shared private jet charter—sometimes for as little as $500 each way—sharing space with only a handful of other like-minded passengers

JSX Airlines

JSX routes connect several California hubs, including Burbank, Concord, Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange County, Oakland, and San Diego.

The airline also flies to Reno-Tahoe, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, and Houston and more recently added Miami and Westchester County in New York to its roster.

JSX is by far one of the most affordable options for semi-private pet friendly travel.  They offer one-way fares starting as low as $200 on a 30-seat aircraft, which includes up to two checked bags, snacks and drinks and concierge service onboard.

The carrier recommends arriving 30 minutes before your flight is scheduled to take off. The waiting lounges, which are typically in their own terminal apart from the main airport, are Wi-Fi equipped and have coffee, tea, water, and restrooms available for passengers.

Aero Airline

Launched in 2020 is a semi-private, luxury airline.  They offer a more elevated experience than JSX, at an equally more elevated price.

One-way flights from Los Angeles to Las Vegas start at $950, one-way flights from San Francisco to Aspen start at $1,900, one-way flights from L.A. to Los Cabos start at $1,900, and one-way flights from London to Milan start at $1,625.

Aero routes include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Los Cabos (Mexico), Las Vegas, Jackson Hole, Aspen and Vail. They also have routes between European hubs, including London, Milan, Nice in France, and Geneva, Switzerland.

Another Option:  Pet Travel on Empty Leg Flights

An empty leg is a repositioning shared private jet flight—a private jet that has dropped passengers off on a one-way leg and would otherwise return to its home base empty. So, to fill the seats, they offer Pet Friendly one-way flights.

Because these are noncommissioned flights, they can often be accessed at a much lower price than a standard private jet flight as operators are happy to recuperate any of the costs and sell the flight for a deal—well, a deal for an entire private jet.

Private jet services such as Jettly and XO will often list their current empty leg deals and routes online.

Can Large Dogs Fly First Class?

Commercial airlines rarely have room under their seats in first class.  Semi-private charter flights allow first class Dogs of all sizes and breeds

Or, See Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for My Dog? . JSX Airlines, La Compagnie Airlines, Chartered Air Travel with Pets, and WestJet Airlines are great alternatives, provide upgraded service and comfort.

Documents Needed for Moving or Flying with Pets Internationally

  • Microchip Certificate
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  • Health Certificate. For International Pet Travel, you may need more than 1 Health Certificate–Some transit countries require their own Certificates.
  • Rabies Titer Test results
  • Parasite Treatment certificate—Often Deworming
  • This is just a guide on what is required, please check the requirements for your specific airline and destination country at our page: Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates.

See more at Tips: How to Get A Pet Health Certificate from the US

The US Department of Transportation and their Department of Agriculture have the following guidelines for flying with pets within the USA:

Semi-private jet travel is not exempt from government travel restrictions. Those flying internationally need to take into consideration the specific vaccine or testing requirements for entering their destination or for their return to the United States.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has created an interactive world map that offers travelers updated COVID-19 entry regulations by country. This can serve as a handy guide for semi-private fliers.

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Airlines that Allow Snub-Nose Dogs and Cats In Cabin in 2022

Snub Nose Dogs and Cats are very popular breeds; however, when flying, that special little face comes at a price.  Here are all the airlines that allow snub nose or brachycephalic breeds.

Airlines that Fly Snub Nose Dogs and Cats In Cabin:


AIRLINEs Flying Snub Nose Dogs and Cats IN CabinRestrictions on Dogs or Cats Flying IN Cabin
and Pet Crate Sizes for International Flights
Restrictions for Dogs
or Cats Flying IN Cabin and
Pet Crate Sizes for
DOMESTIC Flights
UNITED
$125usd Each Way
Yes
Soft=18”Lx11”Wx11”H
Hard=17.5″Lx12”Wx7.5”H
Yes
Soft=18”Lx11”Wx11″”H
Hard=17.5’Lx12”Wx7.5”H
LUFTHANSA
17.6lbs Max w/ Carrier
Domestic=$57usd
Int’l-$69-$150usd
Yes
Soft Sided Only
22″L x 16″W x 9″H
Yes
Soft Sided Only
22″L x 16″W x 9″H
SOUTH
WEST


$95usd Each Way
No Snub Nose
Pets Allowed
In Cabin

Yes
18.5”Lx8.5”Hx13.5”W
KLM
17.6lbs Max w/ Carrier
$88-$465usd
Each Way
Yes
18″Lx11″Hx9.5″W
Yes
18″Lx11″Hx9.5″W
ALASKA AIR
$105usd Each Way

Yes
17″L x 11″Hx 7.5″W
Yes
17″L x 11″H x 7.5″W
KOREAN AIR
15.5lbs Max w/ Carrier
$150-$300usd
Each Way
Yes
Sum Total (LxHxW=45″
Soft Max Height=10″
Hard Max Height=8″
Yes
Sum Total (LxHxW=45″
Soft Max Height=10″
Hard Max Height=8″
COPA AIR
20lbs Max w/ Carrier
M-F Only for Int’l
Int’l=$125
Domestic=$25
Yes
17″Lx7.5″Hx13″W
Yes
17″Lx7.5″Hx13″W
FINNAIR
17lbs Max
Europe, Russia &
Middle East=$60
Intercontinental=
$100


Yes
Soft=22″Lx9″Hx16″W
Hard=14″Lx12″Wx8″H
Yes
Soft=22″Lx9″Hx16″W
Hard=14″Lx12″Wx8″H
AIR CANADA
Int’l=
$100-$120usd
Canada & US(Excluding
HI=
$50-60
Yes -Except HI
Soft=21.5″Lx15.5″Wx
10.5″H
Hard=21.5″Lx15.5″Wx9″H


Yes
Soft=21.5″Lx15.5″Wx10.5″H
Hard=21.5″Lx15.5″Wx
9″H
AIR FRANCE
8kg/17lbs w/ Carrier
Int’l=
Yes
18″Lx11″Hx9″W
Yes
18″Lx11″Hx9″W
AEROMEXICO
Dogs Only
7-9kg/15.5-19lbs
w/Carrier
Int’l-$125
Domestic=$50
Yes
Aircraft E-145=
16″Lx12″Hx 7″W
All Other Aircraft=
19″Lx12″Hx 10″W

Yes
Aircraft E-145=
16″Lx12″Hx 7″W
All Other Aircraft=
19″Lx12″Hx 10″W
La COMPAGNIE
Dogs and Cats
Yes
Up to 33 lbs!
All Business Class
Limited Departure and Destinations
Cost: Fare is about 8k
Your Pet’s Fare is 10% of your Ticket Price
JSX Airlines
Snub Nose Dogs Up to 65 lbs! Cost: Regular Seat Fare
Medium and Large Dogs
In Cabin will be Travel on the Floor Space Next to Your
Seat–All Business Class-Limited Cities
Chartered Air Travel with Pets
Large Dogs Accepted and Encouraged.
No Weight, No Size Restrictions
Average of 5k to 8k
for International Flights
You Can Travel with Your
Large Dog In-Cabin, More
Room on an International
Flight with Less Custom Hassle and Little Wait at
the Airport
Elite AirwaysDogs and Cats are allowed on the floor in front of the window seat (not under the seat!) You will have to purchase an adjacent seat but you’ll have a lot more room.
CompanionPetTravel.com: Snub Nose Dog Friendly Airlines IN CABIN

These are my best Pet carriers for flying.  I have used these 4 and each has it’s strengths and are benefits. 4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines 2022

The factors that determine if your snub nose pet is allowed to fly and if in Cabin, Checked Baggage or Cargo are:

  • If your flight International or Domestic
  • If your Destination and any Layover City
  • The Size and Weight of your Pet with Carrier
  • The Length of Flight restriction are often imposed for flights over 11 hours.

See Also, Can I Buy an Extra Seat on a Plane for My Dog or Cat in Cabin?

I have tried and liked a number of carriers. My favorite bag, for the extra room a snub-nose Dog needs is also expandable and the Petmate See and Extend makes a good quality carrier at an affordable price.  I like best that it has ventilation on all 4 sides and expandability.

Can I Fly My English Bulldog In-Cabin on a Plane?

Yes, you can fly your English Bulldog In-Cabin. JSX Airlines will fly Dogs up to 65lbs in the US. Cost: Regular Seat Fare. Dogs  travel on the floor space next to your seat–All Business Class-Limited Cities. International flights for large snub nose Dogs In-Cabin  include La Compagnie Airlines and Shared Charter Flights.

(for more,see Can I Buy an Extra Seat on a Plane for My Dog or Cat in Cabin?

More About Flying with Snub Nose Pets In-Cabin

Delta Airlines–Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs and cats and their mixes are not permitted on Delta or Delta Connection flights in cabin, checked baggage or cargo.

Southwest AirlinesAllows snub-nose pets in cabin on domestic flights only. Snub-nose pets are not allowed on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. Southwest Airlines allows small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs to travel with you in-cabin under the seat in front of you. All pets must be carried in an appropriate carrier. Pets traveling are subject to a $95 Pet Fare each way per pet carrier.

American Airlines— The airline does not allow the transportation of brachycephalic and snub-nosed cats and dogs because of safety concerns.

United AirlinesAllows snub-nose Dogs and Cats.  Pets must be at least 2 months (8 weeks) old. On international flights, Dogs and Cats must be at least 4 months (16 weeks) old due to rabies vaccination requirements. Pets can’t travel with unaccompanied minors. Cost is $125 each way. Your pet must also always remain in the floor space under the seat.

Alaska Air—Alaska Air does allow brachycephalic breeds in cabin. Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and must have been fully weaned. Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress. Alaska Airlines does not accept snub-nose breeds in cargo or checked baggage.

KLM—KLM allows snub-nosed pets in cabin. Cost is $65-$200usd per pet in cabin. KLM does not transport most of snub-nose pets in the hold as they may have trouble breathing during the flight due to high temperatures and stress. Great transatlantic pet travel option!

LufthansaYour snub nose dog or cat can travel in the passenger compartment/in cabin.   Snub-nosed breeds of dogs or cats can be transported as air freight, not as traditional cargo. My favorite Pet Friendly airline for transatlantic pet travel!

COPA AirlinesAllows snub nose pets in cabin and in cargo.  Cost is $25 for Domestic flights and $125 for International flights.  For International flights, you are allowed to transport pets from Monday through Friday only. Pets are not accepted on flights where the departure itinerary originates on Friday and the arrival is on Saturday morning.  One pet per container. One pet per passenger.  Children under 11 years of age are not allowed to travel with pets.

Korean AirSnub nose Dogs and Cats are accepted in cabin/passenger compartment and as checked baggage.  For In-Cabin, the Total weight of pet + carrier maximum is 7kg or less. 

For Checked Baggage, the Total weight of pet + carrier maximum is 45kg or less. The total sum of the carrier’s width, length, and height should be less than 291cm/114in and the maximum height is 84cm/33in.

Each passenger may be accompanied by 1 animal on-board or 2 as checked pets. Brachycephalic/ snub-nosed Dogs and Cats cannot be accepted as cargo.

British Airways– accepts some snub nose breeds in a larger kennel. They specifically do not allow Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese or their cross-breeds.

Emirates Airlines– does not accept snub nose breeds as of December 2020.

Aero Mexico-allows snub-nose dogs and cats in cabin and cargo.  In cabin up to 20lbs/9kg including carrier In Cargo up to 99lbs/45gk including crate. Flight must be 6 hours or less.

Finnair–Bigger dogs and all ferrets can travel in the hold on the same flight with you, if the combined weight of the pet and its pet carrier is under 50 kg (110 lb). Please note that if your pet and its box weigh together over 50 kg (110 lb), the pet needs to be shipped as cargo.

La Compagnie –Allows Larger Snub Nose Dogs and Cats! Flights from New York to Paris, Nice, Milan, Tel Aviv, Faro, Naples, Pisa, Toulouse, Rome.

La Compagnie Airlines is a great alternative to the 8kg/18lbs pet weight limit on most airlines.

Your Pet’s Flight Cost is 10% of Your Ticket Price

Book at Least 48 hours In Advance Online or by Phone. You can Book a Flight for 1 Pet In Cabin Per Person

Your Dog or Cat Must be at Least 16 weeks old, vaccinated (Pet Passport or Health Certificate required).

Great transatlantic pet travel option!

Chartered Air Travel with Pets. Yes, you can fly with your large Dog In Cabin from US to Europe, UK/England with a shared charter flight. You will need to be flexible with dates and the cost depends on how many seats are sold and is approximately $8,000 one-way from NYC to France. See Chartered Air Travel with Pets and Animal Travelers on Facebook.

Elite Airways

Large Dogs are allowed on the floor in front of the window seat (not under the seat!) You can purchase a seat for extra floor space. Dogs are not allowed on the seat or your lap but, being able to purchase an empty seat and have your large Dog in cabin on the floor space may be worth the extra seat price. (You’ll have a bit more room too!)

Pet reservations must be made at least 48-hours in advance of departure, and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.

Elite Airways is a smaller airline; however, if you are on the East coast, they are an option for Large Dogs In Cabin!


Elite Airways Allows Large Dogs In Cabin
Elite Airways Allows Large Dogs In Cabin

See Also, Best Pet Carriers & Airlines for Pugs and Snub Nose Dogs


Even airlines that allow snub-nose pets on flights, each has restrictions on the number of pets per flight and for the length of the flight (usually any over 11 hours).

Snub Nose Dogs can fly In Cabin on a Plane
Matthias Zomer from Pexels

Snub-nose, also known as brachycephalic, these pets have been bred to have noses/snouts that are shorter than most and this adorable signature feature can cause them to have breathing and heat acclimation issues. These breeds include:

DOGS

• Affenpinscher
• American Bulldog
• American Staffordshire Terrier
• American Pit Bull Terrier
• Boston Terrier
• Boxer (all breeds)
• Brussels Griffin,
• Bulldog (all breeds)
• Cane Corso
• Chow Chow
• Douge de Bordeaux

  • English Toy Spaniel (King Charles)
  • Japanese Chin
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff (all breeds except Great Danes)
  • Pekinese
  • Pit Bull
  • Pug (all breeds)
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier Tibetan Spaniel


CATS

  • Burmese Cats
  • Exotic Cats
  • Himalayan Cats
  • Persian Cats


Why Do Airlines Not Allow Snub-Nose Breeds on Flights?

Because snub-nose breeds have smaller nostrils, a longer soft palate, and a narrowed trachea/windpipe, brachycephalic breeds don’t breathe as well as animals with average length snouts. They can have difficulty cooling off when playing, exercising, or if they are stressed or overheated.  They have difficulty breathing normally at higher altitudes. Their airway can actually collapse, either partially or completely, and cut off their airflow.

Do I need a different Crate for a Snub-Nose Pet for Air Travel?

Yes. Because of their breathing issues many airlines require a pet crate that is at least 4”/10 cm larger than the dog or cat (this includes 1 size larger is using Standard Crate Sizing or 10% larger). This additional space allows for extra ventilation and air flow.

Can I Fly My Large Dog In Cabin from US to Europe, UK/England?

Yes, you can fly with your large Dog In Cabin from US to Europe, UK/England with a shared charter flight.

You will need to be flexible with dates and the cost depends on how many seats are sold and is approximately $8,000 one-way from NYC to France. See Chartered Air Travel with Pets and Animal Travelers on Facebook. You and your Pet will fly in great comfort with your Pet by your side. without long lines at customs.

Airlines that accept brachycephalic breeds require pet owners to have an airline or IPATA approved flight pet crate that is at least one size larger than the size for a pet of equal size. Purchasing a larger pet travel crate will help minimize the risks.

Can I Fly My Snub Nose Pet in an Oversized Crate?

The correct size crate for a snub-nose pet is one size larger than the standard for their size. All other pets should use the standard crate for their size. A crate larger than one size larger is not recommended for brachycephalic breeds by airlines for two reasons: 1. Airlines have limited cargo space and each pet is apportioned their space depending on their size and breed, and 2. It can be hazardous for a pet when air turbulence occurs; your pet may be thrown against the wall of the crate instead of leaning against the wall of the crate.

Why Does United Airlines have so Many Dogs Die in Flight?

United’s sky-high numbers of recent pet deaths may be more complicated than they appear at first glance. While United does carry a disproportionate number of the animals who die on planes, the airline says the disparity results from one simple variable: United accepts higher-risk dog breeds that other major U.S. carriers do not allow.

“Snub-nosed” breeds such as French bulldogs are banned from Delta and American Airlines, because their compact airway can lead to in-flight breathing problems. But up until last month, United continued to accept shipments of these dogs

See all about Flying with Pets at Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets

 

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Dogs in Airports: Where to Go When Dogs Have to “Go”

Dogs and Cats must stay in their carriers in most airports. Airports are increasingly becoming Pet Friendly Dogs can get relief at with Pet pee stations, day care and grass exercise areas, baths, swimming pools, kennels and grooming sites. Here are 15 Airports with great places for your Dog or Cat to Go:

1.    Denver International Airport


Dogs In Airports: Pet Relief Area at Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport is well known for its variety of pet-friendly amenities. It offers:

  • Three private indoor pet relief stations that offer artificial grass flooring, a drainage system, bags for waste disposal, a handwashing station, and a mural of Colorado’s outdoor scenes to enhance the ambiance
  • One outdoor pet relief and exercise area
  • Check out the 25,000 square foot “Paradise 4   Paws”, an on-site pet boarding facility and resort, including private kennels, a swimming pool, adventure jungle for cats and 24/7 care with day and overnight pet-boarding suite. Some suites for both dogs and cats offer TVs with Pet friendly programming and webcams for owners to check in on them, each animal also has access to a large indoor play area and lots of enrichment to keep them occupied while their owner is away.

2.    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport


Pet Travel: Dogs in Airports, Playing at Grass Park Hartsfield Jackson Airport

Despite being the busiest airport in the United States, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has put careful thought into ensuring the comfort of its fuzzier guests, offering:

  • Seven private indoor Service Animal Relief Areas (SARAs) with artificial grass flooring, a handwashing station, and floor-level water fountains to provide fresh drinking water for pets
  • Poochie Park, a 1000 square foot fenced-in dog park with biodegradable waste bags, benches, a dog sculpture made out of plane parts, and a water fountain
  • Pet Paradise, a 24-hour boarding facility that also offers veterinary, grooming, and 24/7 pickup and drop off services.

See Also Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets

3.    John F. Kennedy International Airport


Dogs at Airports: Pet Friendly The Ark at JFK Airport

Few airports even come close to being as pet friendly as JFK, which offers:

  • Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Wooftop is a 4000 square foot outdoor garden patio. It contains a large terrace with natural grass, and seating for up to 50 people
  • The ARK is a 24-hour animal care and veterinary center not only for dogs and cats, but also for horses, birds, livestock, and exotic animals. For overnight stays, it also has private pet suites with pet-friendly TV programming, webcams for owners, massage therapy, pedicures, and pre-flight microchipping so that owners can track their pets

A variety of private indoor pet relief stations with artificial grass flooring, fire hydrants, and handwashing stations.

4.    Reno-Tahoe International Airport


Pet Relief Area for Dogs to Go at the Reno-Tahoe Airport

Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes great pride in its pet-friendly amenities and services, which include:

  • An indoor enclosed pet relief station with artificial grass flooring, which is also perfect for cats
  • Two Gate K-9 Bark Parks, one 1000 square feet and the other 700. These outdoor dog parks offer running water, “mutt mitts” for waste disposal, a fire hydrant, and a canopy to shade from poor weather. To find the one located north of Baggage Claim, just follow the paw prints on the floor!
  • The Paws for Passengers program, which consists of 25 teams of service dogs that welcome and send off passengers to reduce stress and anxiety.

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5.    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport


Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Pet Friendly Relief Area

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, located in the 3rd most pet-friendly city in the U.S. boasts a variety of pet-friendly areas, including:

  • A trifecta of pet relief areas: The Pet Patch (490 square feet), The Paw Pad (2200 square feet), and The Bone Yard (2700 square feet). These outdoor pet parks allow dogs to stretch their legs, drink fresh water, and relieve themselves, with cleanup mitts provided
  • A number of additional indoor pet relief areas
  • Two more designated pet relief and exercise areas located near Sky Harbor stations: The East Economy Park & Bark and The Park ‘n Play.

6.    Los Angeles International Airport


Pet Relief Area for Dogs to Go at LAX Airport

With the highest number of pet relief stations out of anywhere on this list, at LAX you’re never too far from a pet-friendly area. It offers:

  • 8 indoor pet relief stations with fake grass, fire hydrants, cleanup stations, and fresh drinking water
  • 3 outdoor animal relief stations
  • The LAX Pet Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program, which consists of 30 trained dogs in red “Pet Me” vests who interact with passengers in the various terminals so as to reduce anxiety and stress
  • Farmer’s Market in Terminal 5 and Ashland Hill in Terminal 7, where dog treats and toys can be purchased.

Can I Buy an Extra Seat on a Plane for My Dog or Cat in Cabin?

Often, Pets will not have much relief while flying but, they certainly will pee a soon as they are reunited with you. Bring along some pee pads in case they do not make to the relief area or outside. You can attach extra to their carrier or in your carry-on. I carry these with me everywhere.

7.    Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport


Large Dog Can Go to Pet Relief Grassy Areas at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Although non-service animals must be kenneled while inside of airport facilities, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport still offers a variety of services and pet-friendly spaces for comfort and convenience:

  • Two indoor pet relief areas which include artificial grass flooring, a fake fire hydrant, and a handwashing station
  • Two outdoor pet relief areas for dogs to stretch their legs
  • Now Boarding, an affiliate of the Animal Humane Society, offers boarding, training, massage, nail trimming, swim therapy, and grooming services. They also offer a free shuttle service that will pick you up from Baggage Claim and bring you to your pet and vehicle for free. These services are also available to non-passengers.

See also, Where Do Dogs Pee on an Airplane?

8.    Washington Dulles International Airport


Dogs at Airport Enjoy a Grass Exercise Area

Washington Dulles International Airport was one of the first airports to do away with disposable pee pads and concrete floors in order to switch to artificial grass, drainage systems, and fake fire hydrants. While not much has changed since then, it remains one of the most pet-friendly airports in the U.S., offering:

  • 5 separate pet relief areas: two private indoor rooms, and three enclosed outdoor spaces for animals to stretch their legs
  • Indoor private pet relief areas with waste bags, artificial grass flooring, and decorative fire hydrants

See Also, 4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines 2022

9.    Philadelphia International Airport has Limited Space for Dogs


Dogs Can Go at a Philadelphia International Airport Faux Grass Relief Station

Like the other entries on this list, Philadelphia International Airport offers a wide array of pet-friendly spaces so as to provide for all of their four-legged passengers with
Seven indoor pet relief areas, also known as “Pet Ports”, that range from 250 to 600 total square feet in size. These private spaces include artificial grass flooring and fire hydrants

And, fenced-in outdoor relief areas with mulch surfaces and benched seating

10.  Austin-Bergstrom International Airport


Dogs Can Go at the Airport Pet Relief Area Puppy with Leash Exercising at Airport
Dogs Can Go at the Airport Pet Relief Area

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has a variety of places that your pet can stretch their legs and do their business, including:

  • A landscaped and lit Dog Walk, which includes a pet drinking fountain, waste bags, and trash cans for waste disposal
  • An additional pet-friendly outdoor patio
  • A quarterly therapy dog event where visitors are able to interact with and pet therapy dogs
  • Bark and Zoom, a pet hotel and valet service that offers outdoor play yards, a dog only swimming pool, and 24-hour pickup and drop off services

RELATED: Best Cargo Crate for Flying with Large Dogs in 2022

11.  Dallas Love Field Airport is Great for Pets



While Dallas Love Field Airport does not offer some of the same amenities as other airports, it still provides a fantastic space for pets and their owners. To ensure the comfort of its pet-owning passengers and their companions, it offers:

  • The Pet Park, a large outdoor area that is large enough for dogs to de-stress, run around, play with each other and their owners, and relieve themselves
  • Two smaller private pet relief areas with artificial grass flooring and a fire hydrant

Here are the Pet Carriers I Use and are Great for Flying with Pets: 4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines 2022

12.  George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Dogs Can Go and Exercise Outside at a Grassy Area at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

George Bush Intercontinental Airport offers a number of pet-friendly amenities and services much like the other entries on this list, including:

  • Four assigned pet relief areas throughout the airport
  • The only onsite kennel that is managed by an airline in the United States. It is approximately 1100 square feet in size, and offers exercise and run pens, both day and overnight kenneling, and grooming services

13.  Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport


Dogs In Airports: Dogs Can Enjoy the Paradise 4 Paws Pet Resort

While Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport requires that pets be kept on leashes at all times, it remains one of the most pet-friendly airports in the United States and has a number of facilities to cater to passengers and their animals:

  • Four designated indoor pet relief areas with artificial grass flooring and fake fire hydrants
  • A number of outdoor pet relief areas. However, your I.D. and boarding pass will be required for re-entry into the terminals
  • Paradise 4 Paws, a pet resort and kenneling service for both cats and dogs, which also offers 24-hour pickup and drop off services

14.  Lambert-St. Louis International Airport


Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, while it does not have any particularly unique amenities, still offers a variety of services to help pet owners keep stress induced from traveling with their animals to a minimum:

  • Two outdoor, off-leash play areas for pets to run around and relieve themselves. Both of these spaces are 400 square feet in size and are completely gated. These spaces also include benches for seating, complementary mitts for waste disposal, trash cans, and fake fire hydrants
  • Three private indoor pet relief areas, each 100 square feet in size, which include tubs lined with artificial grass, fake fire hydrants, and handwashing stations

15.  San Francisco International Airport



The final entry on this list, much like the other entries seen above, San Francisco International Airport has a number of resources and amenities for passengers and their pets:

  • Two fenced and landscaped pet relief areas, which have ready-to-use bowls, fresh drinking water, and mitts for waste disposal. Both of these pet relief areas are open 24-hours a day
  • However, all animals must be appropriately kenneled while in the airport. While in pet-friendly areas, such as the indoor relief spaces, pets are allowed outside of their kennels but must remain on a secure leash
  • 5 private indoor pet relief areas

Where Do Dogs Go for Relief at the Airport?

Pet Relief Areas at Airports include simple faux grass pee relief stations, to luxury spas with pools, kennels and grooming. Some airport have only the grass area outside the terminals where Dogs can Go and Exercise. Most airports have pet relief areas in every terminal before and after TSA inspection

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Can I Fly with 2 Pets In-Cabin?

Yes, Airlines that allow Two Pets Per Person In-Cabin are: JSX, JetBlue, Chartered Air Travel, Alaska and Spirit. For Pet Travel with these airlines, you buy the seat next to yours and your Pet can either sit in the floor space, travel in the same carrier under the seat or on your lap.

Chart of Airlines that Allow Multiple Pets Per Passenger In-Cabin


Airlines that Allow
2 Pets
In Cabin
Per Passenger
CostAllowances for
Pet Travel In-Cabin
1. JSX AirlineRegular Seat FareCats and Medium &
Large Dogs travel
In Cabin
In the Floor Space
of Your Seat
2. JetBlue AirExtra Seat Fare+$125
per Dog or Cat
One-Way
Pet & carrier may be
on your lap during the
flight except for take off

and landing.
You can buy an
Extra Seat
3. Chartered Air
Travel with Pets
International Flights
from East Coast to
Europe: $7K -$10K
One luxury human seat
plus one large dog or 1-2
small to medium sized dogs
or cats
4. Alaska Air$100 each way per carrier
or Regular Seat Fare
+ $100 per carrier each way.
2 pets of the same species
and similar size in 1
carrier.
You can buy the seat next to
yours but they must remain
under the seat.
5. Spirit Airlines$110 each way2 pets/same species
& similar size in 1
carrier
Max 40 lbs total
CompanionPetTravel.com: Chart of Airlines that allow Two Pets Per Person In-Cabin

See also, Airlines that allow Dogs 40lbs+ In-Cabin

1. JSX Airline

You can fly with two Pets In Cabin and buy the seat adjacent to yours (all business class) and your Large Dog will Travel with you In-Cabin for the price of the seat.

You’ll have even more leg room sharing two seats, too! Pet Travel with JSX Airlines and Your Large Dog In-Cabin flights are limited to the US only.

As The Points Guy said when he flew JSX Airlines: “Perks of departing from the private jet terminal include being able to show up just 20 minutes before your flight.

Instead of traditional TSA security, passengers are pre-screened and bags are swabbed for explosives.

There are also noninvasive systems, which screen for weapons and elevated body temperatures. There are minimal lines, no putting stuff in bins and no taking shoes off.”

Cost: Regular Seat Fare

Medium, Large and small Dogs
In Cabin will Travel on
the Floor Space Next to Your Seat


JSX Airlines Route Map for Flying Dogs 25 lbs. plus
JSX Airlines Route Map for Flying Dogs 25 lbs. plus

2. JetBlue Air

For Pet Travel with Multiple Pets In-Cabin with JetBlue Air, you can purchase an extra seat for your Pets. The carrier may be placed on the additional purchased seat during the flight except for take-off and landing. This can be invaluable for those Pets traveling that are more anxious or not used to flying In-cabin.

Also, you may hold the Pet with carrier on your lap during the flight except for take off and landing

Cost: Extra Seat Fare+$125 per Dog or Cat
One-Way

See also, Flying a Large Dog In Cabin 2022

3. Chartered Air Travel with Pets

Pet Travel and Flying with Dogs In Cabin to and from Europe or the UK with Pets is complicated if cargo is not possible or not your preference.

Chartered private jets are expensive and only possible for most of us if shared with other travelers.

This group coordinates flights for travelers so they can fly with large Dogs In-Cabin. Pet Travel costs are expensive.

With Charted Air Travel with Pets, the cost is shared, chartered air transport a real possibility.

Cost Example: Expect to spend between $7K -$10K for a seat on a chartered jet from NY to Lisbon (shortest distance from US to EU).

  • Your seat will usually include one luxury human seat plus one large dog or 1-2 small to medium sized dogs on a flight designed for 10-14 people.
  • Each flight is unique and the group on the flight will agree on the rules of the flight.
  • You Can Travel with Your Large Dog In-Cabin, You have a luxury seat with more space for you and your Pets.
  • Less Customs Hassle. Sometimes, the Customs Agent greets you onboard and checking your documents in comfort and without lines and waiting.
  • Little Wait at the Airport and fast, easy boarding
  • VIP experience for Pet Travel
  • The same or Less Expensive than hiring a Pet Shipper
  • No Cargo or Checked Baggage for Your precious Pet.

See also, How To Choose the Best Pet Carrier Size for Flying IN Cabin

4. Alaska Air

Traveling with Multiple Pets is a bit more limited with Alaska Air and their 2 Pet Per Person policy.

You can bring 2 pets of the same species and similar size in the same pet carrier. You can buy the seat next to yours. If you purchase the seat next to you for the regular fare, a second pet can travel in another carrier. 

Your Dog or Cat cannot sit on the seat and must remain in the seat space in front of your extra seat.

Cost: $100 each way

5. Spirit Airlines

Dogs and Cats In Cabin on domestic flights only and to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. The combined weight of the pet and its carrier can be up 40 pounds! If you have 2 Pets per Person, they can travel together if they are the same species.

The cost is $110 each way

See also,Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for My Dog?

Flying with Multiple Pets FAQ

How to Fly with Multiple Pets?

Some airlines allow you to buy the seat next to yours and either the Pets share the same carrier, sit in the footprint of the extra seat, stay in the additional carrier under the seat or on the seat (except for take-off and landing). JetBlue, JSX, Chartered Air Travel, Alaska and Spirit, United and American.

Can My Dog Sit on My Lap During a Flight?

Yes, your Dog or Cat can sit on your lap in their carrier during a flight with JetBlue. Or without a carrier on JSX and Chartered Air Travel with Pets.

Can I Fly with My 2 Dogs in the Same Carrier?

Yes, on United Airlines, Southwest and American Airlines you can fly with 2 Pets in the same carrier.  You are allowed to have up to two Dogs or Cats in the same carrier if they are the same species.  Some will allow you to buy the seat next to you, but they must remain under the seat in front for the entire flight. 

Which Airlines Allow 2 Pets Per Carrier?

JetBlue, Alaska, Spirit, United and American Airlines allow 2 Pets Per Carrier. Most require Pets Traveling this way to be the same species, not yet weaned from their Mother or about the same size Dog or Cat. Some Airlines allow you to buy the seat next to you too! JSX JetBlue and Alaska Air.

How to Get Through TSA Security Check Point with Your Pet

Your pet must go through TSA Security. Some airports allow a private screening in a separate room so you can remove and replace your pet in a secure room.


You can either have your pet on a leash and walk them into the screener or carry your pet through.


Place your Bags, shoes first. Separate your pet food items and electronics in another bin.


Keep your lease/harness on the outside of the carrier. When you put your bags on the conveyor belt, you don’t want to scramble to get your leash.


TSA may ask you to remove their collar. Collars with metal such clasps or Rabies Tags will be detected, and you may be subject to additional pat-down or inspection.
A Velcro-type harness works well instead of a collar with metal.


Put the carrier on the x-ray conveyor belt first so, it is ready when you get through security, and you don’t have to wait to put your pet back in its carrier.


Even for Cats that you intend to carry through, have a harness/leash on them. If you are picked for screening, often TSA Agents may not easily let you place your pet back in the carrier before your pat-down.


Working Canines are regularly at Security Check Points. Keep a leash handy even if you intend to carry your pet through x-ray. Often, the presence of a working dog can scare or spook your pet.

What is the Standard Size for Airline Pet Carriers In-Cabin?

The Standard Size for Pet Carriers is 22”Lx14”Wx 9” and for Pets In-Cabin the average weight for your Pet is 8kg or 17lbs. Soft-Sided Carriers are best for Airlines. The top compresses 1 or 2 inches, giving you more options than a Hard-Sided carrier. The carrier must be stowed under the seat at least for take-off and landing.

Can I Bring Two Dogs or Two Cats on a Plane In-Cabin?

Yes, if your Dogs or Cats can share a carrier, if you buy the seat next to yours and your pet remains in their own carriers or the footprint (foot space) of the seat next to yours or on your lap. Airlines include: JSX, JetBlue, Alaska Air, Spirit and United Airlines.

Now that your know what Airlines allow multiple Pets to Fly with you, see Pet Travel: How to Book Your Pet to Fly In Cabin

Or, find all the information you need to fly with Pets: Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets

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Pet Friendly San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

This UNESCO historic city is well-preserved, quaint, and the weather is great and it’s ideal for a pet friendly trip in easy reach from the US.  It’s very walkable and affordable. Here it is easier to find a restaurant that doesn’t allow pets than to list those that do.  My home is very Pet-Friendly!  No wonder it won the Conde Nast “Best Small City in the World” award for 2020, 2018, 2017 AND 2021!

Flying is the best way to get to SAN MIQUEL de ALLENDE with Your Pet

There is no quarantine for healthy Pets to travel to Mexico.

IF entering from US or Canada there is no longer a requirement for a Health Certificate.  You pet will be examined upon arrival in Mexico.  If it is deemed health, it may enter.

IF entering from other countries, the owner must present duplicate (Original and Copy) of a Health Certificate.  The Certificate must be on the Veterinarian’s Letterhead with contact info., license number, name and address of owner, physical description of the pet and state that your pet is free of any contagious disease, printed (not hand-written).

The three closest Airports to San Miguel de Allende are:

  1. Guanajuato International Airport (BJX), a 1.5-hour drive from San Miguel de Allende.
  2. Queretaro Airport (QRO) is 1 hour drive
  3. Mexico City, (MEX), Benito Juarez International Airport is a lovely 3.5 hours ride away. 

Once You Arrive at the Airport:

When you arrive, travel by Bus/Shuttle to San Miguel.  Contact Primera Plus, ETN or my favorite for reliability and price BajioGO

Pet Friendly Hotels in San Miquel de Allende Closest to City Center

There are so many pet-friendly hotels in San Miquel de Allende. I will not show you the most expensive. I walk by those beautiful hotels and their location is just not worth the extra dinero!  These are AFFORABLE and close to the Center of Town (Centro)

1. HOTEL NENA

  • PETS WELCOME: Cats and Dogs
  • FEES/DEPOSIT: FREE
  • ALLOWANCES/RESTRICTIONS:  None Stated
  • AVERAGE COST PER ROOM: $190usd
  • Address: 32 San Francisco, San Miquel de Allende (steps from the center of town)

2. SELINA SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE HOTEL

  • PETS WELCOME: Dogs and Cats
  • FEES/DEPOSIT: $10usd per night, per pet
  • ALLOWANCES/RESTRICTIONS: None Stated
  • AVERAGE COST PER ROOM: $100-150usd per night
  • Address: Cuna de Allende 11, Zona Centro (city center):

DOS CASAS BOUTIQUE HOTEL

  • PETS WELCOME: Dogs
  • FEES/DEPOSIT: $40usd per night, per pet
  • ALLOWANCES/RESTRICTIONS: Small and Medium sized Dogs
  • AVERAGE COST PER ROOM: $240usd
  • Address: Quebrada 101 Downtown,

HOTEL VILLA SANTA BLANCA

  • PETS WELCOME: Dogs
  • FEES/DEPOSIT: FREE
  • ALLOWANCES/RESTRICTIONS: Dogs up to 33lbs
  • AVERAGE COST PER ROOM: $80
  • Address: 21 Diez de Sollano y Davalos Zona Centro

HOTEL MADI

  • PETS WELCOME: Cats and Dogs
  • FEES/DEPOSIT: FREE
  • ALLOWANCES/RESTRICTIONS: up to 33lbs (specific rooms only)
  • AVERAGE COST PER ROOM: $150-320usd
  • Address: 34 San Francisco Centro

TIP:  Wifi can be spotty in hotels and villas.  Walls in this historic Colonial city are often a foot thick making browsing while relaxing after a long day a bit of a problem.  Most cafes and restaurants have reliable wifi.


Pet Friendly San Miquel de Allende City Center

See Also, my 4 favorite Pet Carriers for In-Cabin flying with Pets here:4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines 2022

Where to Eat, Drink and People Watch in San Miguel with Your Dog

So many restaurants and cafes are pet friendly. With so many places having open air dining it’s not hard to find many dining options to include your furry companion. It’s harder to find restaurants that do not allow pets than it is to find pet-friendly.  San Miguel is very pet-friendly.

For Dinner: Café Rama Nemecio Diez No. 7, this cafe is super trendy, has an organic menu, it is a funky outdoor establishment that has Pop Art decor and of course… it’s pet friendly!

For Lunch:  Luna de Queso. Josephina Orozco 10.  Part gourmet grocery and part café.  They have items here that you cannot find anywhere else in San Miguel and they have a dog bar by the front door that serves water and snacks. Cheerful servers will take your order inside, and bring your items to the table outside.

For Coffee:  Geek and Coffee, Calz de la Aurora.  Not only do they have a large grass lawn for your furry friends to enjoy, they have great wifi, many connections and offer tech support all with coffee and a lunch menu.

For Dessert: San Augustin Chocolates and Churros, Calle San Francisco  21. Best Churros and Hot chocolate, even lunch in town and very close to the Jardin.  So many toppings to choose from, you’ll have to visit more than once.

For best Enchiladas:  Juan’s Café, 37 Relox. Great little café, very artsy, very homey, great service for a great price (40-230 pesos), outdoor and indoor seating, bring your fur baby for the short walk from the centro.

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Getting Around in San Miguel de Allende with Your Pet

  • Bus.  Allows smaller pets and the local commuter buses are only 8 pesos each way (.40 cents usd) and run all over the major routes in the city.
  • Uber and Taxi. Uber app works here, and many accept pet, just ask for a ride that allows your pet.  Taxis are waiting around town, agree upon the price before you get in, few taxis have meters.  A lot of visitors and expats walk where they want to go and only need an Uber or taxi back after a long day of seeing the sights.  Especially if you chose a hotel not in Centro or the flatter areas of town.  If your hotel is up the hill a bit, Uber and Taxis will cost about $3usd.
  • Walking.  San Miguel is very walkable.  Though San Miguel has many steep hills to climb, a significant part, popular with retirees, is fairly flat.
  • TIP:  Bring sturdy shoes, the cobblestones along many streets can be hard with heels or flip-flops.  And many of the sidewalks are quite narrow.

Services for Your Pet in San Miguel de Allende

  1. WOOW GUAU pet supply and accessory store close to Centro on Mesones

2. DUSTY PUPPIES supply store that offers grooming and the owner is a Veterinarian

3. PETCO EXPRESS is smaller than their regular stores but, does have Grooming

4. VETERINARIANS:  Some Vets and (Doctors for humans) make good old-fashioned house calls if there is an emergency or after-hours.

  • Dr. Ricardo Lopez Landeros, Emergency: 415-154-2901
  • Dr. Edgardo Rene Vazquez Olmos, Emergency:  415-154 8452
  • Dr. Michael Kronish, 415-109-9957
  • Pet Vet, Emergency:  415-152-4463

TIP: Save Money withdrawing cash at the ATMs. Written in English underneath the Spanish are instructions asking you to accept or decline 2 charges–not just the regular fee for withdrawal.  You must Accept the banks fee but  REJECT the next 2nd request to accept the CONVERSION.    Decline the Conversion and you still get your money but only pay the ATM fee.

What to Do in San Miguel de Allende with Your Pet

  • Free Walking Tours all over the city catering to interests ranging from art, history, architecture and food and drink.  One really special tour is with “Fat Bastard Art Walks”  profiling street art twice a week. 
  • There’s always brunch/lunch with the group afterwards.  Weyland always has a great turnout of newcomers and residents from all over the world bringing their furry friends.
  • Private Customized Tours with ATV, food and drink tastings and Wine.  The great weather for growing grapes has helped make San Miguel de Allende so popular and most tours allow your companion pet.
  •  Joseph Toones personal tours is a favorite here.  Joseph is a Historical Society’s short story award winner, Amazon bestseller author and few seem to know as much about the secret world of San Miguel de Allende as he does.
  • Newcomers Brunch and Dinner.  Join FB Newcomers, Expats and Friends for the schedule.  We try out a new restaurant every week and meet on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Jardin de Allende right outside Perroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (the Garden next to the big pink church) in the center of town is a great place to people watch, have coffee or lunch and relax with your pet anytime day or night.
  • Festivals.  Día de los Muertos on November 2 is just one of the very many festivals throughout the year including live music and dancing and parades. 
  • Art Galleries such as Fabrica la Aurora hold many shows, classes and talks ranging from abstract to folk.  Fabrica la Aurora is the largest and is pet-friendly.  Stop by  next door at Geek and Coffee’s large yard for dogs to run around and coffee and snacks for you.
  • ORGANIC MARKET.  Stroll with your pet the Organic Mercadito in Los Frailes.  Open all day Saturdays at Calle de la Pila 6, Colonia Los Frailes.
  • Park Benito Juarez is a beautiful large, dog-friendly park in walking distance from the town center with live music, art shows and food vendors.
Pet Travel is easy in San Miguel de Allende

9 Quick Fact About San Miguel de Allende:

  • Currency Conversion: As of July 2001, $1usd=19.90pesos
  • Visa:  Many Countries are allowed up to 180 days FREE visa on arrival.  No Quarantine requirement.
  • Best season to Visit San Miguel— High Season is October 15 –  April 1, (Less rain) Low Season is April 1-October 15, (more rain—usually in the afternoon).
  • Weather: Other than rain, SMA remains year-round between 73f-85f.
  • Basic lunch menu with non-alcoholic drink:  $11
  • Coffee/Cappuccino: 2.80
  • Bottled Water:  .60cents usd.  It’s best not to drink the tap water.
  • Pack of Cigarettes: 3.15
  • Many people speak English
  • Very Walkable, so long as you have sturdy shoes.

My favorite Pet Carrier is this one I found about a year ago on Petmate. I love that it has ventilation on all 4 sides and I can expand it for additional space.


Petmate See & Extend Carrier – $84.99

from: Petmate

TIP:  GET WHATSAPP—MEXICO uses Whatsapp for free texts and calls.  Restaurants, Vets, Dentist, Grocery Stores, hotels and transport companies all use Whatsapp.  It’s free.

There really is no bad time to visit San Miguel de Allende, the weather is great year-round, even when it rains in the afternoons. IF there was a time to avoid, it would be the WEEKEND. Come during the week to avoid the car traffic and enjoy your walk around town.  We are very pet friendly, walkable, affordable and close to so many cultural sites. Come join us and bring your furry companion pet.

You may be interested in my favorite 4 Pet Carriers that you too can travel to San Miquel de Allende with: 4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines 2022

Flights are Affordable from the US. I have flown with my 2 fur babies from Denver with Pet Friendly AEROMEXICO-Flying with Pets to Mexico and VOLARIS-Flying With Pets to Mexico

I loved living in San Miguel de Allende (SMA) and you will love it too!

You may also like 18 Tips for Living in Mexico Including Pet Friendly Tips

Or, Guide to Pet Friendly Mexico City, Mexico

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Pet Travel: Canceled Flight? Delayed Flight? What To Do

How To Make Flight Changes To Your Advantage.

When airlines Cancel or Delay your flight with no viable alternative, you are entitled to a refund and MORE.  If the airline makes a “Significant Change” and “Involuntary Denied Boarding” you can negotiate for a more convenient departure time, a route with a shorter layover, fewer connecting flights or up to 4 times the amount of your ticket as compensation.

Whether the change is a Cancelation, a Voluntary or Involuntary change determines your compensation.

Here we discuss how to turn a pain into an opportunity if you are flexible and persistent.

Most of us know that when we need to make a change or cancel the reservations, the airline and even the third-party consolidator we booked through will apply a change penalty.

Fortunately, some airlines such as Delta and Southwest have temporarily changed their policies during this pandemic eliminating change fees for all but basic economy.

Know the different types of changes: Cancellations, Voluntary Changes, Involuntary Changes and Tarmac Delays.

Flight Canceled by Airline

Cancellations are rare but if your flight is cancelled you get a refund. The refund for the unused portion of your trip in the same method you paid (cash for cash, miles for miles).

In the United States the Department of Transport (DoT) regulations on canceled flights states:

If your flight is canceled and you choose to cancel your trip as a result, you are entitled to a refund for the unused transportation – even for non-refundable tickets.

You are also entitled to a refund for any bag fee that you paid, and any extras you may have purchased, such as a seat assignment.

USDOT

Involuntary Changes by the Airline

Airlines have their own policies and it will depend on the class of ticket you booked. If they change your itinerary in a significant way after booking, they will work with you to get you on the best flight for your schedule but, also, they will try to give you as little compensation as possible.

They will claim their hands are tied. Not True! They have a lot of discretion to give you cas, vouchers, meals, Pet Friendly hotel stay and upgrades.

Flight Change. What Is a “Significant Change”?

When an airline makes a “significant change” to your flight you have the right to a) a full refund or b) to ask to be put on a different flight without a change fee, and often without having to pay regardless if the flight is more expensive. This includes your Pet’s space. It has it’s own value!

If you want to cancel, you qualify for a refund by the same method you paid. If you do want to take the trip but do not like the change offered you have the opportunity to change to a better one, free of charge.

Say you booked a red-eye flight, now you can offer to change to another time. Or, if your flight had a layover, you could offer to change to a non-stop flight or one with a shorter layover.

If the significant change moves your departure to the next day, you can ask for a hotel stay and shuttle expenses. If the change forces a longer layover, you can negotiate for lounge access so you can have a meal and rest more comfortably.

Before you negotiate your compensation, track down your airline’s individual policy and see exactly what they offer.

These can be found online in your Contract of Carriage Agreement. Next, find other flights that are available from that airline and its partners/codeshares and select the best option for your schedule.

It does not matter if the new flight is more expensive than what you booked; if there’s an available seat, the airline will likely allow you to move to the flight you request for free, regardless of what it costs.

Once you’ve decided on a new flight, call the airline to get your itinerary switched.   Bring an offer. 

Show the airline you already have other potential flights picked out instead of leaving it up to the reservationist.  Of course, listen to what they offer first, it may be better.

If the change is significant and there are no other flights get you to your destination on time you do have the option to request a cash refund (even with non-refundable basic economy flights).

Considering airlines often wait as long as possible hoping the customer may change plans voluntarily, and that last-minute flights are usually more expensive, there may not be flight available to get you to your destination on time and you are in a better negotiating position to ask for a full refund. 

Airline Significant Changes Vary from 30 minutes to 4 hours

  • United –  significant change is over 30 minutes
  • JetBlue – significant change is over 60 minutes
  • Alaska Airlines -significant change is over 60 minutes
  • Delta – significant change is over 90 minutes
  • American – significant change is over 4 hours but American will compensate for changes less than hours.

PointsGuy.com says:

Airlines wait until the last minute to process flight cancellations.

If you want to voluntarily make a change wait until the latest you can, monitor the flight for any changes forced by the Airline (not you).

If the airline changes the flight and it is a significant change—you can be compensated.

zach Griff at thePointsGuy.com july 25, 2021

And Scott’s Cheap Flights says here’s what to do:

• Step 1: Hop on Google Flights and find an alternate flight on the same airline that you prefer (remember to ignore the price, you’ll likely be able to switch for free)

• Step 2: Call up the airline, tell them that their schedule change won’t work for you (you don’t really need a reason), and ask to be switched to your preferred flight

• Step 3 (if necessary): Hang up, call again. Airlines have thousands of call center agents, and each has discretion. Countless times I’ve been told no on the first two calls, only to be told yes on the third call. First, hang up and call again. Agents often have discretion about who gets refunds. Many times you will have better luck with one agent than another. Be friendly and remember the agent isn’t to blame.

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How many times have you been given 3 different answers by 3 different people? Work it to your benefit.

Call back and get another answer. Being nice and you’ll get a better response. Agents often have discretion about who gets refunds. Next , you can file a complaint with the DOT.

And you can dispute the charge with your credit card. Most banks guarantee that if you paid for something and didn’t receive it, you can dispute the charge and be reimbursed by the credit card.

You may be interested in: 12 Ways to Waste Time on a Layover + Give a Lonley Robot a Job.

Booking your Pet Travel Directly with the Airline is Best

Often to get the lowest price or the exact route we want we book through a consolidator such as Expedia, Kayak or Skyscanner. Booking through the airline directly may cost more but you get a number of advantages.

One of which is priority dealing with many problems and often preferential treatment in reassignment and compensation.


When you have a change or cancellation issue and you booked through a consolidator, you have to deal with 2 companies and 2 separate policies and rules.

When you book directly with the airlines you only need to deal with them and their policy on changes and cancellations.

Example: we all know there are only between 2 and 6 spots available for pets flying in cabin.

Take the situation when there is a last-minute change of planes and the passenger and pet need to be rebooked, the traveler who booked directly with the airline will get preferential for those few coveted spots.

Denied Boarding at the Gate?

There is a difference between the airline giving you notice of a change in your flight and being denied boarding at the gate.

If you are at the airport waiting to board and you are bumped, you can negotiate for compensation.

The airline will do their best and find a flight as soon as possible to your destination. For the time between the first flight and the new flight you may request lounge access, or if the flight is the next day, you can request a hotel stay near the airport and transportation costs, even a meal.

Tarmac Delays at the Airport

Tarmac delay rules that U.S. airlines must follow: carriers are not allowed to hold a domestic flight on the tarmac for more than three hours

or international flight for more than four hours, barring a couple of exceptions (like if the pilot deems it’s for a safety reason).

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

For a tarmac delay of three hours in the U.S. or four hours outside of the U.S., you must be given the option to deplane.

If you choose to leave the plane, the airline is not obligated to let the passenger back on board. This means a passenger who chooses to deplane may miss their flight and be separated from any checked luggage.

You have many more opportunities than you may realize when an airline cancels or significantly changes your flight.

Check Out Money Lawyer Erika Kullberg Tik Tok on How she Scored $1000 Compensation for Denied Boarding:

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Driving With Your Pet from US to Mexico

How To Drive Your Dog or Cat into Mexico from the US and Back

To drive with Dogs or Cats to Mexico from the US or Canada, Mexico does not require a Health Certificate or Rabies Certificate. Mexico is not a high-risk Rabies country (CDC). Your Pet may be visually inspected for health at the border. Car Insurance (minimum Liability only) is required.

To drive with to Mexico from a US border, Mexican Law does not require a Health Certificate or Rabies Certificate. Car Insurance (minimum Liability only) is required. Mexico is not a high-risk Dog Rabies country (CDC). Your Pet may be visually inspected for health at the border. 

To Return to the US from Mexico with a Pet Dog or Cat, you likely will need a Pet Health Certificate Vaccination Record, Rabies Certificate, (Parasite Treatment is recommended).

Driving to Mexico with Pets from the US or Canada

A. Dog and Cat Requirements:

1.No, Health Certificate is required if traveling from the US or Canada

2. No, Rabies or other vaccinations,

3. No parasite treatment is required (screwworm, fleas, ticks mite, lice etc.),

4. Your pet may be physically inspected at the border, but often is not inspected.

NOTE: If you return, you will need these documents with you in case you are asked upon reentry to the US or enter to another country.  Plans changes and if you need to fly back to the US you will need them for the airline. 

You can confirm these requirements on the USDA/APHIS official website.

And here on Mexico’s Gobiernos De Mexico official website.

B. Your and Your Vehicle/Car Requirements

DOCUMENTATION FOR YOUR VEHICLE :  You will present a passport or US ID card/driver’s license and get a Tourist Visa  (FMM) for you and a Temporary Import Pass (TIP) for your vehicle, (Except Baja Peninsular where no TIP is required).  A TIP is tied to your immigration document and is valid for as long your immigration document is valid.

A TIP is legal document that allows a foreign-plated vehicle to be imported to and driven in Mexico for a defined period of time.  The vehicle must be exported (driven out of Mexico) before the TIP’s expiry date. 

If you fail to export the vehicle and surrender/cancel the TIP, you will lose your deposit, you will not be allowed to import another vehicle in future; and you can also face fines and have your vehicle confiscated.

Anyone who wants to bring a foreign-plated vehicle into Mexico and drive outside of the Free Zones.  The Free Zones are:

  • within 25km of the land border;
  • the entire Baja California peninsula;
  • a defined area in the northern state of Sonora; and,
  • the southern state of Quintana Roo.

If you are going to drive your car farther than the 25km from the border or anywhere outside of a defined Free Zone, you must have a TIP to avoid fines and confiscation of the vehicle.

Where Can I Buy Temporary Import Permit (TIP) to Travel with My Pet to Mexico?

There are three ways: Online, At the Border, at the Mexican Consulate

1. Online

You can still obtain a TIP in-person at the border but applying for the TIP via the Banjercito site will speed the process and avoid potentially long lines at the border.

Note: If you apply online, you must first get your FMM online (or have your Residency visa or card issued) before you obtain the TIP.  When you get your FMM online, you must stop at the border and get immigration (INM) to stamp/validate the document.  Carry a printed copy of the FMM and your receipt to show proof of payment when you do this.

When approved, you will receive your TIP by email.  Print out your TIP and receipt and keep the printed copies with you while driving in Mexico.  Keep and use the email version only as verification of your TIP approval.

2. In person at a Land Border

Temporary import permits may be purchased at CIITEV offices located at Customs offices near various U.S./Mexico border locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. 

Check beforehand that the crossing you use has a CIITEV office.  When you apply in person, Banjercito will send an email with your TIP and hand you a printed copy of the TIP and your receipt.  

Keep the email and paper copies to hand at all times while driving in Mexico.

3. Buying a TIP at a Mexican Consulate

A limited number of Mexican Consulates in the United States offer a TIP-issuing service.  Although the Consulate acts as facilitator, it is Banjercito that issues the permit. 

Consulates in the following US States offer TIPs (we recommend you contact them beforehand to ensure that their TIP issuing service is available):

  • Arizona: Phoenix
  • California: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Sacramento
  • Colorado: Denver
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • New Mexico: Albuquerque
  • Texas: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston

Driving with Pets from US to Mexico Map of Border Entry Points
Driving with Pets from US to Mexico Map of Border Entry Points

BANJERCITO is the government authority that issues vehicle permits allowing you to travel with Pets from US to Mexico. The process can be done online, at the Mexican border, or at certain Mexican consulates in the U.S. 

The process involves leaving a monetary deposit that will be returned upon the cancellation of vehicle permit when leaving Mexico.

RELATED: 18 Tips for Living in Mexico Including Pet Friendly Tips

Auto Insurance for Your Pet Road Trip to Mexico

You are required to have a Mexican Insurance policy or to show proof of financial responsibility.  Financial responsibility is proof of liquid funds (not credit cards) in case of accident.

Your US or Canadian auto insurance policy won’t cover you for third-party liability in Mexico.  Most US or Canadian policies include coverage for damage to your vehicle and its contents—not coverage for another vehicle in an accident. 

The most important aspect of an insurance policy for driving in Mexico is third-party liability. By law, US and Canadian insurers are prohibited from providing liability coverage in foreign countries. 

Liability coverage must be underwritten by a Mexican insurance company. 

What Other Documents Do I Need to Drive My Pets to Mexico from the US?

All foreigners visiting Mexico must fill out an Official Entry Immigration Form, also called a Tourist Card, prior to their arrival. (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM),

Tourist cards are free and you can fill out and print the form at home. Keep this with you as you will need it to return or travel onto South and Central America

When you arrive at the border, present the immigration officer with your printed tourist card and your passport. Since your information will already be in their system, once your tourist card is stamped, you’ll be off to enjoy Mexico!

If you are walking across the border into Mexico, you might find the immigration officer doesn’t request your tourist card. Still, it’s better to have it prepared – just in case.

Visitors to Mexico for leisure or business visits lasting 180 days or less, and who are passport holders of one of the many countries which don’t require a visa to enter Mexico can complete a visitors permit, known as Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM, at their port of entry.

If you drive to Mexico, you will need to get a visitors permit at the port of entry;
If you fly to Mexico, air crews on international flights might hand-out the visitor permit forms before the flight lands, and they are also available at Mexican airports, near the immigration desks


You can get your FMM online and print this out to take with you; the official at the port of entry will stamp the printed form. See Here to Apply Online for your FMM


If you are visiting a Mexican port(s) as part of a cruise ship, you’ll need to get a visitors permit at your first Mexican port of call.


(If the country that issued your passport appears on this list of countries which do require a visa for Mexico, read this.)


Pet travel is welcome in San Miguel de Allende
Pet travel is welcome in San Miguel de Allende

How Much Does a Mexico’s Visitor Visa (FMM) Cost?


If you arrive by land and leave Mexico within 7 days of your arrival date, there is no fee for the permit. If you fly into Mexico from overseas, the fee is usually included within your air ticket’s “fees and surcharges.” The fee is approximately US$25.

Keep Your Visitors Permit (FMM) Safe

Once completed, the immigration official at the port of entry will stamp both halves of the form and hand you the smaller half, stamped with the date you entered the country. It’s important to keep this document safe, as you will need to surrender it when you leave Mexico.

If you are departing Mexico on a flight, your airline will insist you surrender your stamped half of the Visitors Permit to them before they allow you to board.

If you have a Visitors Permit and are leaving the country by land you should voluntarily surrender your form to an immigration official before your departure. Failure to do so might cause delays the next time you try and enter Mexico.


How long can I stay in Mexico with a Visitors Permit (FMM)?


Your visitor permit is valid for the number of days granted by the immigration official and written on the permit —that will never exceed 180 days, but may be less than 180 days— starting from the date of your arrival. The arrival date is always stamped on the permit.

The number of Days you are allowed depends on your statement of reason for travel. For example: if you have hotel reservations in Cancun for two weeks, you may be given 14-20 days. If you are visiting friends and are unsure, you can ask for longer. If you traveling on business, searching for a second home etc. you can ask for more.

Conde Nast Traveler

Your Visa on Arrival in Mexico length of stay is no longer assumed to be 180 days (6 months). In 2022, Mexico is tailoring each Visa on Arrival depending on the Immigration Officer’s assessment of your specific needs.

This allowance is given per entry: every time you exit and re-enter Mexico on another date the allowance ‘resets.’ (You surrender your current FMM when you leave and get a new FMM when you return.)

  • When you enter Mexico as a tourist or visitor, to volunteer, or as a business visitor, then the immigration official at the port of entry may grant you a maximum 180 days to stay in Mexico.
  • The number of days you are allowed to stay will be written on the part of the form that’s handed to you for safe-keeping.
  • The date stamped on your permit is your arrival date.
  • To determine the latest date you must leave Mexico, count the number days (some months are longer than others) from the arrival date stamped on your form.

RELATED: 18 Tips for Living in Mexico Including Pet Friendly Tips

What If Your Pet Has Health Issues at the US Mexico Border?


You Pet may be inspected for general health at the border. If there are signs of disease or wounds, you may need to wait while you contact a local Veterinarian to arrive and treat your Pet.

If your pet is being treated for lesions and/or infections due to a skin condition, present the SENASICA agent with the diagnosis and treatment instructions from your veterinarian.

This information should be presented on letterhead, including the veterinarian’s professional registration number (or equivalent)

If you and your Dog or Cat frequently travel between the U.S. and Mexico, consider registering in the “Pet Program – Frequent Traveler.” For further information, refer to the USDA website.

Bringing Pet Food into Mexico

Mexico allows a limited amount of pet food for you to carry with you.  A supply of one day’s meals is suggested.

Mexico has many of the same brands of Pet food as we find in the US. Mexico has many of the same retailers for Pet Supplies such as Costco, Petsmarts and Walmart.

Also, many Veterinarians make house calls in Mexico if your Pet needs medical attention.


San Miguel de Allende centro street view
My last Trip to Mexico was 6 months in Pet Friendly San Miguel de Allende

Driving Back to the US from Mexico with Your Pets

DOGS:  Dogs that have not been in a high-risk country in the previous 6 months are not required by CDC to present a rabies vaccination certificate or other paperwork, but vaccination against rabies is required. (CDC).

CATS: A Health Certificate is not required by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for entry of pet cats into the United States, although some airlines or states may require them.

However, pet cats are subject to inspection at ports of entry and may be denied entry into the United States if they have evidence of an infectious disease that can be transmitted to humans.

If a cat appears to be ill, further examination by a licensed veterinarian at the owner’s expense might be required at the port of entry.

Cats are not required to have proof of rabies vaccination for importation into the United States.

Returning Home With Your Pet
Bringing your Dog or Cat back to the U.S. from Mexico
The CDC has strict guidelines on Dogs entering the U.S. from countries that have a high risk of Dog rabies. 113 countries are on this list – Mexico is NOT a High Risk Rabies Country.

No matter what country you are coming from, the US requires an up-to-date rabies certificate be presented upon entering with a pet.

Pet Inspection at the US and Mexico Border

Your pet may be physically inspected.  It must be healthy.  If the pet does not appear healthy (sickly, fresh or healing wounds) you will likely be turned away. Mexico recognizes only Dogs and Cats as pets. All other animals enter under other rules.

SENASICA inspectors are not present at every crossing. In fact, many travelers report to us that there are very few. Still, it is possible. It is good practice to have all your Pet’s documentation with you.

Once in a while, travelers find themselves in an emergency and need to fly back to the States with their Pet. Pets will be inspected at airports. See AEROMEXICO-Flying with Pets to Mexico or VOLARIS-Flying With Pets to Mexico

TIP:  A “Pet Passport” is not an official document as are human passports.  A “Pet Passport” is all the documentation you pet may need for travel: ID, Photo, Health Certificate, Vaccination records, Rabies Certificate, Parasite Prevention documentation and Medication.

TIP: WAZE App can be very effective alternative to Google Maps. Mexican use Whatsapp as their primary means to message everyone: Veterinarians, Shopkeepers, Hotels, Restaurants and friends.


Do Dogs and Cats Need a Health Certificate to Travel to Mexico?

No. If you are traveling from the USA or Canada, your Pet (Dog or Cat) does not need a Pet Health Certificate. The USDA/APHIS as of December 16, 2019

RELATED: Pet Friendly San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

AND, Guide to Pet Friendly Mexico City, Mexico

18 Tips for Living in Mexico Including Pet Friendly Tips

Pets, US to Mexico, and Back–Fast Facts and Links

More Pet Parents are Flying with Dogs by Private Jet

The idea of flying with Pets by private charter flight might seem out of reach.

Pet parents who either refuse or cannot fly their fur babies in Cargo, are choosing another option– to share a private Jet.

For relocation or vacation flying with your Pet In Cabin on a private plane may be necessary!

Instead of hiring the entire plane as the wealthy and some social media influencers do, Pet Parents are booking seats along with other Pet Parents on private jets at a much more affordable cost.


aboard G6 Aviation Pet Travel Flight
Image: Trifonova aboard G6 Aviation Pet Travel Flight

The need to relocate for work or long-term travel, especially international from east coast USA to Europe makes private flight-sharing an option.

Pet parents can now split the costs of a jet charter either with friends or strangers.

Why travel with your Pet on a shared private plane:

  1. No waiting in long lines at the airport. You have a private gate and you arrive 30 minutes early for your flight—not hours before your flight!
  2. No weight restrictions for Pets–chubby Pugs and Pit bulls are welcome!
  3. No size restriction—no shoving your loved-one under the seat in front of you in an already cramped seat.
  4. No breed restrictions—snub-nose (brachycephalic) Pit Bulls and Pekingese travel like they should–absolute acceptance!.
  5. Your Dog or Cat or Pet does not have to endure the Cargo hold.
  6. First-class service from start to finish–private gates, larger floor space and comfortable seats!
  7. You can buy space for any number of Pets.  So, no making multiple trips to bring your family together. You can bring your Cat, Dog and Rabbit on one flight!
  8. No crowded seats—they’re all first class with wide aisle for comfort!
  9. Your Pet has more freedom to stretch their legs and roam around a little instead of being crated on a commercial flight.
  10. In this time of mass flight cancelations, private pet flights are far more reliable than commercial airlines.
  11. No temperature or pressure issues—no embargoes! They fly in cabin with you.
  12. No separation anxiety from being separated from you in a dark environment—they will be with you in cabin, right by you and can even move around and meet other Pet Parents and pups.
  13. Plus, you and your Pet won’t wait in long lines at the airport and have to stress with the hassle of the airport. You use private terminals and arrive 30 minutes before your boarding time.
  14. This means that you don’t have to find baggage claim or line up check-in.
  15. You pass through security with speed and privacy. This takes a lot of stress off your Pet and makes the entire process much smoother and easier.

Private Jet with Pets Options



1. Pet Parents on Facebook Groups such as Chartered Air Travel with Pets

There are Groups on Facebook and other social media that work together to cut out the middle man, share information on their Pet Travel departure and destination, choose a date and then contract DIRECTLY with a private jet company.

These Pet Parents provide their route and month of departure, and others who are looking for the same or similar route join other like-minded travelers with Pets and cut out the middle man.

Then, they contract the Private Jet company the group has found available for that route, combine their funds spreading the cost among those who join the flight to make the cost of sharing a Private Jet exclusively for Pets cost-effective.

Dogs, Cats and other Pets fly In Cabin sharing cabin with other passengers and their Pets.

Private Jets Pet Travel is typically offered on smaller 10- to 30-passenger planes flying domestic and international routes.

The most popular routes are from New York to Europe, either France, Italy or Spain.  But there are groups that focus on South American travel and Asian countries.


JSX airlines is very Pet Friendly for Pet travel in the US
JSX airlines is very Pet Friendly for Pet travel in the US

2. JSX Airlines

JSX routes connect several California hubs, including Burbank, Concord, Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange County, Oakland, and San Diego.

The airline also flies to Reno-Tahoe, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, and Houston and more recently added Miami and Westchester County in New York to its roster.

JSX is by far one of the most affordable options for semi-private pet friendly travel.  They offer one-way fares starting as low as $200 on a 30-seat aircraft, which includes up to two checked bags, snacks and drinks and concierge service onboard.

JSX passengers and their pets can valet their vehicles and arrive for the flight just 30 minutes before takeoff.

Fast and non-invasive, private security precedes your visit to the VIP lounge followed by business class amenities on a 30-seat semi-private jet with free snacks and drinks and 2 free checked bags.

3. Fly Your Pet.VIP

If you are traveling with your Pet around the US, Fly Your Pet.vip offers not only first-class pet travel, a veterinary nurse is aboard every single flight. Trips that could take days of driving now takes only hours.

Routes include: New York, Chicago, South Florida

They operate out of private terminals only so you avoid airport crowds and you stay with your pet pre boarding and then they are safe in a crate on board until arrival. Pets are never placed in cargo or checked baggage.

  • Pull up to our private terminal 45-minutes before the flight.
  • Stay with your pet until boarding.
  • A few hours later, a happy reunion!

G6 Aviation Pet Friendly Flight
Image: Trifonova aboard G6 Aviation Flight

4. G6 Aviation

G6 Aviation is an boutique broker and flies Pets with access to 3,500 aircraft globally. Fly from your local airport to any global destination.

Pet parents and their pets enjoy the huge benefits of private jet charter during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring safe and stress free travel for themselves, family, and employees.

They have exclusive use of a private terminal provides the ultimate experience in social distancing. Arrive just 30 minutes before your departure and walk directly onto the aircraft.

You don’t buy a memberships like rich folks but you get the benefits of one-off private jet travel.

You will need to be much more flexible on your departure dates and locations but, if you can do that, you buy a seat just like with commercial airlines.

International Pet Travel from the East coast USA to Europe are the most popular destinations.

New Jersey or New York to Spain, Amsterdam, Ireland or France (and then on to England by Ferry or Pet Taxi) are the most popular international pet travel flights and cost 7 to 10k per trip.

If you are traveling internationally with your Pet, you will likely need a Pet Health Certificate prepared. You can find complete instructions and links to government help HERE

Why charter a seat on a private jet flight for you and your Dog, Cat or any Pet?

When the Commercial Airlines prohibit your Pet from flying in cabin and you must fly your Pet in Cargo or Checked Baggage

Can I Buy a Seat on a Private Jet for My Dog?

Anyone can buy a spot on a private jet for their pet — there are no hidden restrictions or secret clubs you need to be a part of. Buying a seat on a private jet is similar to buying a seat for any other kind of commercial transportation.

If these options for a semi private pet friendly jet are still not affordable, there are still option. See my other articles on Airlines that Fly Large Dogs In Cabin

Is it traumatic to fly my Dog in Cargo?

Flying can be a stressful experience for your dog. It removes them from comfortable and familiar surroundings, then forces them into a situation with loud noises, bright lights, thousands of people, changes in air pressure and cabin temperature, and a limited ability to use the bathroom.

Is it safe to fly with my Dog?

Travel with Pets by Plane can be a traumatic experience for your Pet, especially if you put them in cargo.

This is the number one reason why pay extra for a seat on a private jet.  They join you in the plane cabin and enjoy much more room, right at your seat.

So your calming presence will keep them comfortable, they don’t need to suffer separation anxiety, confusion And more, your Dog can move around the cabin and turn the experience into something enjoyable while you can meet other Pet Parents.

It’s safe to say that most people assume that Private Jet Pet Travel is too expensive, or too unnecessary a luxury.

There are still more options:  try LaCompagnie airlines–they accept larger dogs in cabin, —see all at “Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for My Dog?

There are even more options to fly with your pet. I have researched and written about buying a seat on a plane for your Dog here



Can an Airline Deny My Service Dog to Fly?

Airlines may deny a Service Dog to Fly if the Dog violates Safety Requirements: If the Dog is too big, too heavy, is ill-behaved (excessive barking, growling, jumping, lunging, nipping or biting) or appears unhealthy or unclean.

Flying with My Dog: Can the Airline Deny My Service Dog Boarding the Plane?

Most Service Dogs are well-trained, highly socialized to avoid external distractions and focus on their Companion.

If the Service Dog is too large it may not be allowed to fly In-Cabin.  If your Service Dog is too large to fit in the footprint of the aircraft seat, an otherwise qualified Service Dog may not be able to fly.

The airline is required to try to move you and your Dog to another seat that can accommodate your Service Dog.

CAVEAT:  the new seat assignment MUST be in the same class–the airline is not required to upgrade your flight.  But, the flight attendants do have discretion to move you to another class if they choose to and have room. 

Air Carrier Access Act

If the Service Dog is too heavy to be accommodated in the cabin, the airline may accommodate the traveler and Dog in another seat.  Usually, this accommodation must be in the same class of cabin; however, the airline staff has discretion.

Your Service Dog may be denied boarding an aircraft if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

The Service Dog or any Dog In-Cabin that causes a significant disruption in the cabin or at airport gate areas such as excessive barking, growling, jumping, lunging, nipping or biting.

If your Service Dog violates health requirements such as not having the proper vaccinations or Health Certificates.

Airlines may also deny transport to a Service Dog if the airline requires completed DOT service animal forms and the service animal user does not provide the airline these forms. This is a simple form and is usually available at the check-in counter.


brown and white short coated military dog on green grass
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What Is a Service Dog for Flying?

A service Dog is defined as a Dog that’s individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability, including but not limited to:

  • Sight Impairments
  • Deafness
  • Seizures
  • Mobility impairments
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychiatric Conditions

Fully-trained Service Dogs usually fly In-Cabin for free if they meet the requirements.

Can an Airline Ask What Your Service Dog is For?


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Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com

Airlines can determine whether a Dog is a Service Dog vs a Pet by:

  • Asking an individual with a disability if the Dog is required to accompany the traveler because of a disability
  •  What work or task the Service Dog has been trained to perform;
  • The airline staff may not request that your Service Dog demonstrate the tasks
  • Looking for physical indicators such as the presence of a harness or vests.  These are not required but, can be helpful to distinguish you Service Dog from pets 
  • Looking to see if the animal is harnessed, leashed, or otherwise tethered; and
  • Observing your Service Dog’s general behavior

What Documents Does My Service Dog Need to Fly?

The Airline may Require the Following Documentation for Your Service Dog to Fly:

  • Health Certificate
  • Vaccination Record
  • A U.S. DOT form attesting to the animal’s health, behavior, and training; and
  • A U.S. DOT form attesting that the animal can either not relieve itself or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner, if the animal will be on a flight that is 8 or more hours.
  • Further, the DOT’s Rule state: “If a passenger’s reservation was made less than 48 hours in advance of the first originally scheduled departure time on the passenger’s itinerary, you may not require that passenger provide advance notice of his or her intent to travel with a service animal. You may require that the passenger complete the forms … and submit a copy of the form to you at the passenger’s departure gate on the date of travel.”

Flying with a Service Dog Restrictions:

  • Service Dogs in Airports and In-Cabin must be harnessed and leashed at all times.
  • Dogs under 4 months of age may not travel as a Service Dog
  • Service Dogs must be clean and well-behaved
  • Your Service Dog must be able to fit within the foot print of your airline seat, under the seat in front of you or in your lap.  Dogs that are the size of an average 2 year old child may sit on your lap during the flight
  • You are limited to 2 Service Dogs per flight
  • Service Dogs in training, emotional support animals, and comfort animals are not Service Dogs but may travel as pets for the regular fee for all pets flying.

Service Dogs are protected when Traveling on Planes; however, some airline staff are ill-trained and ask inappropriate and illegal questions when flying.


Most Recent Changes to Air Carrier Access Act for Service Dogs

In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation revised the Air Carrier Access Act states how airlines must accommodate passengers traveling with service animals. The changes included:

  1. No longer allowing emotional support animals as service animals.
  2. Narrowing the definition of a service animal to only include dogs.
  3. Requiring airlines to treat psychiatric service animals the same as other service animals without additional documentation.
  4. Allowing airlines to require passengers to submit paperwork before boarding with their service dog.
  5. See the full text at the Department of Transportation Air Carrier Access Act

Rules for Airlines and Flying with Service Dogs

  1. Airlines can require a traveler with a service dog to complete a DOT Service Animal Air Transportation Form and a Service Animal Relief Attestation Form at least 48 hours prior to departure.
  2. Airlines are no longer required to recognize non-task-trained animals such as emotional support animals, comfort animals and service animals in training as service animals.
  3. Airlines can limit passengers to two task-trained service animals per person.
  4. Miniature horses, cats, rabbits and other animals are no longer considered service animals.
  5. Airlines cannot require passengers with psychiatric service animals to provide a letter from a licensed mental health professional.
  6. Passengers traveling with service animals cannot be required to physically check in at the airport.
  7. Service animals can be required to fit within the handler’s foot space on the plane.

Can I Be My Service Dog’s Trainer?

Yes. On the Service Animal Air Transportation Form, service dog users are asked to fill in the name of the animal trainer or training organization and the trainer’s phone number. If you task-trained your dog yourself, you are permitted to write your own name.

According to the final rule, “service animal users are free to train their own dogs to perform a task or function for them.”

“While DOT provides space on its form for a service animal handler to state the organization or individual that trained the service animal to do work or perform tasks to assist the handler, DOT does not require that individuals with disabilities have their animal trained or evaluated by an accredited organization as a condition of transport,” the final rule reads.


Does My Service Dog Need to Wear a Vest or ID?

Service dogs are not required to wear anything that identifies them as a working dog. However, service dogs must be harnessed, leashed or otherwise tethered at all times, whether in the airport or on an aircraft.

Airline employees are allowed to ask “whether the animal is required to accompany the passenger because of a disability and what work or task the animal has been trained to perform,” observe its behavior and look for physical indicators such as harnesses and vests in order to verify a dog is a service animal.

According to the final rule, air carriers “are free to view such paraphernalia as evidence that an animal is a service animal; conversely, they are also free to give the presence or lack of presence of such paraphernalia little weight.”


What do I Need To Fly with My Service Dog?

There are two forms that airlines can require of passengers with service animals. These are the DOT’s Service Animal Air Transportation Form and Service Animal Relief Attestation Form.

Carriers can choose to not require any forms from these travelers.

The Service Animal Air Transportation Form is intended to “allow airlines to receive direct assurances from service animal users of their animal’s good behavior and training,” according to the DOT’s final rule. It educates passengers on how their service dog is expected to behave and potentially deters “individuals who might otherwise seek to claim falsely that their pets are service animals.”

Flights that are eight hours or longer can require a Relief Attestation Form, which confirms that the service dog “can relieve itself on the aircraft without creating a health/sanitation issue.”

Airlines can require that these forms be submitted at least 48 hours in advance of  departure, and most have adopted this rule. If a last-minute flight is booked, the traveler can submit the forms at the airport. One form covers all segments of a round-trip flight.

The DOT’s final rule reads: “If a passenger’s reservation was made less than 48 hours in advance of the first originally scheduled departure time on the passenger’s itinerary, you may not require that passenger provide advance notice of his or her intent to travel with a service animal. You may require that the passenger complete the forms … and submit a copy of the form to you at the passenger’s departure gate on the date of travel.”

It is a federal crime to give false information on the forms. If an airline suspects fraud, it can notify the Office of Aviation Consumer Protection, which may refer reports to the Office of the Inspector General for investigation and prosecution.

The forms can be found at https://www.transportation.gov.


Why did the DOT change its service animal Dogs and Airlines?

The changes were prompted in part by inconsistent definitions among federal agencies on what constitutes a service animal and an increase of travelers fraudulently claiming their pets were service animals.

“It is reasonable to predict that the Department’s definition will result in an overall reduction in the number of uncrated animals onboard aircraft, thereby reducing the overall number of animal misbehavior incidents (and the overall number of potential allergic reactions) onboard aircraft,” the final rule reads.

The final rule more closely aligns the DOT’s definition of a service animal with the Department of Justice’s definition under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

According to the final rule, the Service Animal Air Transportation Form “would have the potential to serve as a deterrent for individuals who might otherwise seek to claim falsely that their pets are service animals, as those individuals may be less likely to falsify a federal form and thus risk the potential for criminal prosecution.”

The two DOT forms are also intended to help service animal handlers as they “will no longer have to navigate different forms propounded by different airlines.”

Airline Service Dog Policies


What To Do If the Airline Denies My Service Dog?

Travelers who experience disability-related problems can call the DOT’s toll-free hotline at 800-778-4838 or 800-455-9880 (TTY). The hotline can provide general information about your rights and assist with time-sensitive, disability-related issues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays, with the exception of federal holidays.

“If you encounter a disability-related issue about an airline accommodation or service, ask to speak to the airline’s Complaint Resolution Official. A CRO is the airline’s expert in disability related issues in air travel and has the authority to resolve complaints on behalf of the airline,” the DOT’s page for air travel complaints reads.

A spokesperson for the DOT told The Republic, “If a consumer believes that an airline has discriminated against him or her on the basis of his or her disability, which includes not providing required accommodations, the consumer can quickly and easily file a complaint with the Department’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection through its online complaint form.”

The complaint will be forwarded to the airline for response, at which point an analyst at the DOT will review both statements and determine whether the airline violated the traveler’s rights. A DOT attorney will then review the case, and an analysis of their findings will be mailed to the complainant.

For more information, go to https://www.transportation.gov.

If an airline denies transportation to a service animal, it is required to provide a written statement of the reason for refusal.

According to the final rule, “This statement must include the specific basis for the carrier’s opinion that the refusal meets the (DOT’s) standards.” The airline should provide this written explanation either at the airport or within 10 days of refusal.

According to the DOT’s website, “You may be able to seek recourse through small claims court.” A separate page explains that “You may file a complaint in small claims court when you can show that a person or a business owes you money or has harmed you financially and will not pay.”

Corey Lovato, a staff attorney at the Arizona Center for Disability Law, told The Arizona Republic that options for recovery are limited because the ACAA “does not allow for, essentially, a person to file a lawsuit against the airline.”

“All they can do is file a complaint with the Department Transportation that they may or may not investigate, and if they don’t (investigate), (the person’s) only remedy is to file a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation,” he said.

See Also, Flying with a Service Dog


2022 Flying with Pet Updates

Here’s the latest news, legislation changes, airline, ferry and transport disruptions that impact travel with your Pet:


Blind woman’s guide dog was ‘squashed’ in footwell for 8 hours on 2 WestJet flights, report says

This is why I always recommend that if you book you Pet through a 3rd Party–always contact the airline directly to inform of your Pet’s Travel!. In this case, the 3rd party booking cite failed to contact the airline to reserve a larger seat space.

business insider august 2022

Airlines are separating families on rebooked flights. Here’s what to know.

“there’s no law that requires airlines to keep families or pets and owners together.”

washington post.com

Pet-Friendly Comfort in Airline Crisis Time

IATA and Humane Society International have drafted rules and guidelines for Airline Pet Travel during a Crisis.

IATA.com

Finnair says…”We have good news for pets travelling! From 1 August 2022 onwards, pets can again travel in the aircraft hold on our long-haul flights to and from the USA”. 

See also, Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for my Dog?

Finnair.com

CBD for Pets: Benefits, Uses, and Things to Consider

We can all use a bit of Calming when traveling with Pets and none more so than our Companion Pets.

greatpetcare.com

Flying is Hard Right Now!

I would add…especially when flying with Pets in 2022. Here is some much needed advice from a Flight Attendant

Kristie Koerbel, flight Attendant reposted here on Companionpettravel

Air Canada Bans Pets From Traveling In Cargo Until September 12, 2022

FORBES.COM

Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk

Among research into the use of emotional support animals, is a pilot study by a team including Hoy-Gerlach that paired 11 participants with serious mental illness with a rescue dog or cat. The results suggest the participants experienced an improvement in their mental health wellbeing, with reductions seen in anxiety, depression, and loneliness – however, the pilot was small and lacked a control group. The Guardian. June 3, 2022

Airlines continuing to refuse to allow ESAs is not beneficial to either the animal or the human. See all the Airlines that still allow Emotional Support Animals on Flights

AIRLINES THAT ALLOW EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS IN 2022

SHOULD A DOG USE PASSENGER LAVATORY ON AIRPLANE?

Live and Let’s Fly

French Bee Launches Los Angeles–Paris Flights From $321

Frenchbee Airlines

LaCompagnie Airlines Adds Pet Friendly NY to ITALY allowing Dogs and Cats Up to 33lbs IN CABIN

Travel+leisure

UK Ferry Company Fires 800 Seafarers

Ferry Transport from England, UK and France Severely Disrupting Transport of Pets and Pet Parents Travel

CNN.COM

Petition to Change Flying with Pets Airline Regulations. Join Rina Greenberg’s FB page and help make Airlines Change how Pets are Treated

Flying with Pets: Change is Coming

PLEASE take a look at the iPetition and Sign

iPetition

Counterfeit Canines: the Air Travelers with Fake Service Dogs

Bottom Line: We need Pet Friendly Alternatives for Air Travel with Pets

The Guardian

Frequent Pet Travel in the US? You May Want the Southwest Companion Pass

Southwest.com

Couple Quit their Jobs to Become Full-Time Pet Sitters

Another nomad couple finding a way to travel and earn a living while still enjoying time with Pets

MSN.COM

New Animal Welfare Law in Spain–Animals are Sentient Beings

Custody Awarded to Neighbor Who Cared for Dog for 4 Years While “Owner” was Traveling

Spanishnewstoday.com

Wave of Cancelled Flights From Omicron

Flight Cancellation, What Can You Do?

Cancelled Flight, Delayed Flight, What to Do

Dogs returning to the US from Banned Countries –Good News!

The CDC is making it easier for US Pets to Return Home from High Risk Rabies Banned Countries.

companionpettravels.com

BREXIT Changes Travel to UK for Pets

It’s getting more expensive and new paperwork for your Pet is needed including a Animal Health Certificate (ACH) as well as your Pet Passport or USDA/APHIS Health Certificate.

EuroWeeklynews.com

The Best and Worst Airlines for Pets in 2021, According to a New Study

See Also: What Airlines Allow Snub-Nose Pets in Cabin

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-pet-friendly-airlines-2021

FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS CONTINUE ON AMERICAN AIRLINES

It is difficult enough to find flights for our furry friends, but with all the cancellations, American is just not a good choice.

https://liveandletsfly.com/flight-cancellations-american-airlines/

The 10 Best Fall Train Rides in the U.S.

Many Amtrak Routes Accept Small Dogs and Cats. It’s a great way travel with your companion when flying is just not an option.

https://www.smartertravel.com/fall-train-rides/

Southwest has canceled 1,018 Sunday flights as of 2 p.m. ET, according to flight tracker FlightAware. 

USATODAY.com

From the Green Book to Black & Abroad

Eric Martin reached back into the Green Book’s tradition by creating Black & Abroad, a cultural collective dedicated to redefining world experiences for the modern Black traveler.

Blackandabroad.com

Why more Travelers are Flying their Pets by Private Jet

There’s a dynamic shift in who’s traveling and why–job relocation and more available time, but the biggest reason: commercial airlines are struggling to keep up with the demand

CNN Travel Section

US State Department makes it (a bit) Easier for Transgender Pet Parents to Travel

Transgender Americans can now more easily change the gender marker on their US passports, the State Department announced Wednesday, promising to unveil more gender-inclusive changes to passport applications in the future.

By Devan Cole, CNN

My home, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico takes the Number 1 Best City in the World by Travel+Leisure

This beautiful, historic city consistently wins awards for all the wonder it shares with Travelers and their furry Pets, and this year, we did it again! See my guide to Pet-Friendly San Miguel de Allende

BY MAYA KACHROO-LEVINE SEPTEMBER 08, 2021

CEO of K9s for Warriors, says for the first time in American history, the VA can pay for service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

Author: First Coast News Staff, Casey Feindt,

LUFTHANSA PREDICTS USA WILL NOT REOPEN TO EUROPEANS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

While Lufthansa has been hit by a lack of westbound leisure demand, its transatlantic flights have been “profitable” this summer due to strong American demand and even stronger demand for cargo transport.

 MATTHEW KLINT  POSTED ON

Alitalia Cancels All Flights And Prepares For Closure In October

It’s official: Alitalia is shutting down. While the end of the airline has been clear for months now, the carrier has officially announced that it will stop flying from 14th October. All flights beyond this date are canceled, and passengers may request a refund or travel before the 14th. From the 15th of October, ITA will become the new Italian flag carrier, kicking off a new era for Italian aviation.

byPranjal Pande
August 25, 2021

WARNING: RENTAL CAR PRICING IS OBSCENE IN EUROPE TOO

If you thought the problem of depleted inventory and high pricing was constrained to the U.S. car rental market, think again. Europe isn’t much better. Be prepared for extreme sticker shock.

Matthew klint september 3, 2001 at live and let’s fly

American Airlines offers customers front-door pet delivery service provided by My Pet Cab

American Airlines offers customers front-door pet delivery service provided by My Pet Cab American Airlines has made pet travel easier through a new add-on service provided by the animal transportation experts at My Pet Cab, who offer pet owners a safe and seamless home delivery service for their furry friends, says release.

CargoConnect.com august 25, 2021

U.S. Passport Renewals Are Taking Months—Here’s What to Know

If your passport expires within the next year, you need to get moving.

BY KELSEY OGLETREE
July 29, 2021

Delta Airlines announces their new program for at-home personal COVID-19 tests for Delta customers to meet test requirements introduced by the CDC and many international governments during the pandemic. Convenient and accurate in-home rapid antigen tests that can be shipped directly to a home address or picked up locally are now available for purchase on delta.com.

delta.com

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES DELAYS OVER 1,300 FLIGHTS AS SUMMER OF MISERY CONTINUES

On Tuesday, August 17th Southwest Airlines cancelled 159 flights (roughly 4% of its schedule) and delayed 1,034 flights (29% of its schedule)

On Wednesday, August 18th Southwest Airlines cancelled 134 flights (3% of its schedule) and delayed 1,358 flights (38% of its schedule)

 MATTHEW KLINT  POSTED ONAUGUST 19, 2021

MELTDOWN: AMERICAN AIRLINES CANCELS OR DELAYS OVER 1,000 FLIGHTS

 MATTHEW KLINT  POSTED ON

Beginning July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension for dogs imported from high-risk countries for dog rabies. CDC has the authority to issue a CDC Dog Import Permit for US citizens and lawful residents relocating from high-risk countries to bring their dogs into the United States. Such permits will be issued on an extremely limited basis.

First 90-Day Transition Process
From July 14 through October 14, 2021, dogs coming from high-risk countries  with CDC Dog Import Permits can enter the United States at one of these 18 airports: Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit, Honolulu, Houston (IAH), Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (JFK), Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, and Washington, DC (Dulles).

After October 14, 2021, dogs coming from high-risk countries with CDC Dog Import Permits must enter only at approved ports of entry.

All dogs imported into the United States must be healthy on arrival.

Dogs that have not been in a high-risk country in the previous 6 months are not required by CDC to present a rabies vaccination certificate or other paperwork, but vaccination against rabies is recommended.

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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS NO LONGER GIVEN PRIORITY TO FLY IN CABIN

Following years of abuse by too many travelers, the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) revised their regulation to exclude Emotional Support Animals as Service Animals.

You can still fly with your pet, but for most airlines, the animal must be a DOMESTIC DOG, CAT OR BIRD. 

DOMESTIC DOG, CATS and BIRDS are allowed in Cabin and Cargo or Checked Baggage.

  • These pets must meet the individual airlines’ size, weight, breed, and behavior restrictions.
  • Most airlines have temperature restrictions and do not allow pets if the plane is traveling to a destination that is either too hot or too cold.  These restrictions are in place so the animals are not exposed to extreme temperatures when in Cargo or Checked Baggage.  So, what time of year you fly, your departure location and destination choice is important. 
  • There are restrictions on long-haul flights.  Many airlines restrict carrying pets in cargo or as checked baggage on flights longer than 12 hours. 

SERVICE ANIMALS are EXCEPTIONS TO FLYING IN CABIN

For nearly all airlines, traveling with SERVICE DOGS allow the dog to travel in the cabin as long as each airline specific requirement is met including that:

  • The dog can sit at your feet, under the seat, or on your lap.  It must fit within the “footprint” of your seat.  It cannot encroach on the seat next to yours.  Also, you cannot buy your dog its own seat.   
  • The dog must be clean, healthy, and well-behaved.

EXCEPTIONS FOR FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS AND US MILITARY PERSONNEL Flying with a Pet.

If you are a Foreign Service Office or US Military flying with a pet, you may be able to fly with your pet but, you must have a prior approval from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as discussed above. 

We will continue to update changing rules and regulations for air travel with pets.

Best Airline Pet Carriers for Large Dogs In Cabin

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So you are flying with your Doggo in cabin but, maybe they’ve put on a few pandemic pounds or maybe they have longer legs than other breeds or are snub-nose and need a bit more room to fit under the seat on a plane. 

These are the best In Cabin Pet Carriers for Large Dogs and Pets over 17lbs traveling on planes.

Who Needs a Larger In Cabin Pet Carrier for Flying with Dogs?

  • Dogs larger than 10″ in their carrier flying In Cabin on Airlines
  • Dogs that are comfortable in the carrier but can’t really stand up and turn around as Airlines require
  • Heavier Dogs or Cats that can travel in cabin but are at the maximum weight allowance for airlines
  • Snub-nose Breed Dogs and Cats (Brachycephalic)–for the extra ventilation they need
  • If you Travel On Board a Plane with 2 Pets in a Carrier like my 2 Kitties, Sophie and Chihiro.

Standard Size In Cabin Pet Carrier Does NOT Fit All Dogs!

The Standard Size for Pet Carriers In-Cabin on Airlines averages 22”Lx14”Wx 10”H and 8kg or 17lbs for your Pet. Soft-Sided Carriers are best for Airlines.

Since your carrier must be stowed under the seat at least for take-off and landing, having a compressible carrier for Dogs taller than 9″ high or heavier than 17lbs.

You Should Buy a Carrier Larger than the Airline Maximum

Airlines have their own maximum weight and height.

Finding the right carrier for a Dog that is over 17lbs or too tall to stand up and turn around comfortably is always the biggest issue when flying with large dogs in cabin.

Most airlines allow for up to 8 or 10 inches in height. This is the standard size for in cabin pet carriers.
A Pet Travel Carrier that compresses is the key! Compression is your friend!
I recently flew Southwest Airlines and La Compagnie Airlines with our 2 cats in cabin with the SturdiBag XL and Katziela bag and both worked perfectly for the extra space we need but still complying with the carrier dimensions.
And, I like the extra space when in hotels, in the airport and at my friends’ homes.

I always want to be sure that they will not be denied boarding when I check-in at the airline counter.

I have bought, traveled with and tested different bags over the last few years for my two cats, Sophie and Chihiro. Here are my 3 favorite (and affordable) Pet Carriers for Dogs that need more space.


1. SturdiBag XL Pet Carrier



  • “My Doggo is 28lbs! La Compagnie Airlines approved this carrier for our flight in March.”–Animal Travelers Reader on Facebook 2022
  • “I have used this for my two Cats Sophie and Chihiro on Southwest Airlines in 2021 and they both had plenty of room.”–Anne Travel, Companion Pet Travel.
  • Flexi-Height is the defining feature of this bag–the Curved, Flexible Top Allows for the Compression you need
  • Lightweight at 3.2lbs and is IATA approved
  • Allows Dogs to Stand Up and Turn Around but still fit under the seat for takeoff and landing
  • Comfortable for 2 Cats in the same carrier

“My Springer Spaniel fits in a regular carrier but her legs are long and she can’t really stand up and turn around and I chose the Sturdibag XL for Lufthansa and she was measured at the check in counter and we passed so, I reco the Sturdibag XL”

Animal Travelers Group–Facebook

2. Katziela Airline Approved Pet Carrier



  • Size: 22”longX14”highX13”wide
  • This is the Luxury Lorry style.
  • It fully complies with IATA and most airlines that allow larger pets in cabin.
  • This one compresses perfectly to fit underneath seats during takeoff and landing.
  • The curved, flexible wires on the top and the ventilation mesh that almost completely covers the top of the carrier compresses to fit into a 10″ high airline seat
  • The wheels are removable but great for use at your destination or for Vet visits

3. Maskeyon Airline Approved Pet Carrier



  • This is the most affordable of all the larger carriers I bought.
  • Size: 19.5″L x 12″W x 12″H
  • The additional 2-4″ are easily compressed to fit under the seat on a plane
  • Still, the additional space is more comfortable for taxis,hotels and at home
  • IATA approved

Now that you know you can find a comfortable pet carrier for your large dog or 2 pets, here’s the airlines that will fly large Dogs and multiple pets in cabin:

Flying a Large Dog In Cabin 2022

Airlines that Allow Snub-Nose Dogs and Cats In Cabin in 2022

Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for My Dog?


MAJOR AIRLINES IN-CABIN PET CARRIER SIZES:


AIRLINE, IN CABINMaximum Pet Carrier Size
LxWxH
DELTA
Small Dogs, Cats,
Domestic Birds
Carrier Counts as
your Carry-On

22″/56cmX14″
SOUTHWEST
Dog and Cats
1 Carrier per passenger.
Carrier may hold 2 animals:
Same Size/Same Breed.
Allows carrier and carry-on
18.5″x13.5″x10″
UNITED
Dogs and Cats
Pit-Bull Breeds prohibited
Allows carrier and a carry-on.
1 pet per carrier
Hard-Sided=
17.5″x12″x7.5″
Soft-Sided=
18″x11″x11″
AMERICAN
Dogs and Cats
Carrier counts as your carry-on.
1 carrier per parent
19″x13″x9″
FRONTIER
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Dogs,
Cats, Birds,
Rabbits, Guinea Pigs,
Hamsters
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
Dogs and Cats.
18″x14″x8″
JET BLUE
Dogs and Cats
1 Pet per carrier. 1 carrier
per parent.
Counts as 1 personal item
17″x12.5″x8.5″
TURKISH Airlines
Dogs, Cats, Singing Birds.
Total Weight 18lb (carrier +pet).
Carrier is not counted
as your carry on
15.7″x11.8×9″
KLM Airlines
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight 18lbs
(carrier +pet).
Carrier is not counted
as your carry on
18″x11″x9.4″
LUFTHANSA
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight 18lbs
(carrier +pet).
Soft-sided carriers only
Carrier not counted
as carry on
22″x16″x9″x
VOLARIS
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight: 22lbs/10kg (carrier+pet)
17.5×12″x7.5″
ALASKA AIRLINES

Hard-Sided=
17″x11″x7.5″
Soft-Sided=
17″x11″x9.5″
CANADA AIR
Dog or Cat
1 pet per passenger
Hard-Sided=
22″x16″x9″
Soft-Sided=
21.5×16″x10.5
AEROMEXICO
Soft carriers only
12″x16″x8″
KOREAN AIR
Total lineal dimensions=45″/115cm
Hard=8″ Height
Soft=10″ Height
FlyBondi Airlines (South American Routes)14″Lx13″Wx9″H
CompanionPetTravel.com: Chart of 14 Airlines for Pet Carrier Sizes for Pets In Cabin

Does the Airline Weigh or Measure my Dog at the Airport?

Sometimes. Airlines have discretion to weigh and measure both your Dog and carrier.  Lufthansa checks regularly, AeroMexico usually no. Agents will observe your Pet. If the Dog seems calm and comfortable or if they are very busy, the chances are less than that you will be subject to a weight check.


FAQ: Animal Health Certificate

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Animal Health Certificates for Pet Travel:

What is a Animal Health Certificate?

A pet health certificate is an official document issued and often endorsed by USDA/APHIS, through your Veterinarian certifying that your Pet is fit to travel. including vaccination, Rabies & Titer tests, Microchip, age, breed and health conditions required to travel with pets. Many Airlines require a Certificate to be issued within 10 to 14 days prior to travel.

Can my Vet send my Animal Health Certificate to any USDA Endorsement Office?

The answer is yes. Your vet can send your documents to any USDA Endorsement Office that is available.

If for whatever reason your pet will travel on a 48 hour health certificate, you may want your vet to send to the closest operating office to your departure location to shorten the “in transit” time for the documents to be sent back to you.

“If you’re traveling on a 48 hours – you’re going to want to request Next Day Early A.M. return service regardless of where / when you depart”. PawPawsExpress, Misty Collins.

Not all USDA offices are “Endorsement” offices. Most states only have one and it is usually in the state capital. Some states do not have an operating Endorsement Office at all (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming) just to name a few.

You can search for an Accredited USDA/APHIS Veterinarian from the USDA/APHIS site here.


USDA/APHIS Find an Accredited Veterinarian for Animal Health Certificate
USDA/APHIS Find an Accredited Veterinarian for Animal Health Certificate

What if I Want or Need to Pick Up My Pet’s Animal Health Certificate paperwork in person?


You will need to check with that specific office to see if they are allowing pick up. Just as an example, the Ohio office did allow pick up in person (from an exterior mailbox only) just a few months ago, but now say to send your documents to Wisconsin.


How can find the information for USDA Endorsement Office locations? https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/endorsement-offices

One final tip, if you find yourself in an emergency, maybe you’re already traveling or maybe your vet can’t see you…..as long as you have your pets current rabies vaccination certificate and it has all of the required information on it (microchip number, manufacturer and brand of vaccine), most PetSmart locations can do a health travel certificate for you.

Call to verify and make sure you specify that it’s for international and will need to be submitted to the USDA for you. PawPawsExpress, Misty Collins.

Cost of Pet Health Certificates for Travel—Prices from Actual Travelers  


Small Yorkie in a Pet Carrier
Small Yorkie in a Pet Carrier

Do I need an Animal Health Certificate to Fly with my Pet?

Yes, Pet Health Certificate requirements are set by the destination country and airline to fly with Pets. Requirements: Vaccinations, Rabies & Titer test, Microchip, Medications, Parasite Treatments, Age and Breed. Pet Health Certificates often are issued 10-14 days prior to entry and must be endorsed by the USDA and APHIS through your Veterinarian.

Each Country has their own requirements for the Documents you need. You can find these requirements for each specific country here. Pet Health Certificates and Pet Passport US to Everywhere


How Much Does an Animal Health Certificates Cost in 2022?

The Cost of a Pet Health Certificate is between $30 and $400 depending on location and number of certificates. You can have up to 5 animals on your Certificate and you may need multiple certificates even if you are transiting through countries.

See all our information on Cost from Actual Travelers here: Cost of Pet Health Certificates for Travel—Prices from Actual Travelers  


Pet Travel Heath Certificate

Pet Travel to or Through More than 1 Country?

Your Pet Health Certificate is often time sensitive, often valid only 10 to 14 days prior to entry to your destination Country. What do you do when flying with your Pet takes more than 10 or 14 days to arrive? You can usually arrange to have your Pet Health Certificate for the final (destination country) issued at your Layover or Stopover country.

For example, if you are traveling to England through France (it is easier and cheaper Flying Your Pet to England through France? (Options for Dogs In-Cabin 2022)!,), you can make an appointment for the US to France leg of travel in the US and have an appointment for the France to England leg in France. This way, you have the 10-to 14 days to arrive in France and another 10 to 14 days to arrive in England.


What is the Cost of a USDA/APHIS Pet Health Certificate and Rabies Titer Test?

The Cost includes, your Veterinarian’s Examination, Vaccination and tests, the USDA/APHIS Endorsement Fee and the cost to deliver the documents to you.

So, In addition to the Cost your Vet charges for the Pet Certificate, there is an additional is $38usd fee to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to endorse the Certificate.  This amount is paid to the US Gov’t. through the Vet you choose.

For countries that require a rabies titer or blood tests, there is an additional cost of between $121.00 and $173.00usd per pet depending on the number of tests or non-rabies vaccinations. (1-2 will be $121.00 | 3-6 will be $150.00 | 7 or more will be $173.00) Additional pets included on the same form are between $7.00 and $14.00usd.

See examples of actual travelers costs in 2022 here: Cost of Pet Health Certificates for Travel—Prices from Actual Travelers  


Why are Animal Health Certificates so Expensive?

Factors that determine the cost of your Pet’s Animal Health Certificate are primarily due to the Veterinarian you choose including the season and time of travel and geographical area of your Veterinarian.

Veterinarians can charge whatever amount they like and examinations, microchip implants, vaccinations and blood tests are routine and do not require new expensive technology and yet, because the Veterinarian knows you are traveling shortly, often they take advantage and charge exorbitant rates.

APHIS/USDA charges has not changed in years but, Veterinarians continue to raise prices on the same physical examination they did 20 years ago.

You can find all the fees on the USDA/APHIS site here.


How Long Does it Take to Get an Animal Health Certificate? 

Your Pet’s veterinarian should submit your Certificate for endorsement electronically to the USDA/APHIS System (VEHCS system, Vet Export Health Certificate system) at the the appointment

The USDA/APHIS systems takes 1-3 Business days to process your Veterinarians Animal Health Certificate.

You should include payment of an Overnight delivery fee.  If you pay this fee, the USDA/APHIS will “overnight” the certificate back to you via USPS, FedEx or DHL.

Most countries require the Pet Health Certificate be issued within 10 days of your Pet’s Travel.


Animal Health Certificates to Multiple Countries 

If you are traveling with your Pet through more than one country before your final destination, you may need more than one Pet Health Certificate.

If you are staying in the airport for your connecting flight to your final destination, you usually are considered “transiting”.  In this case, you will only need the certificate for the destination country.

If you are leaving the airport, flying out another day, traveling to your final destination by another method such as train, ferry or car, you will not be considered transiting.  This is a stop over and you will need a certificate for the both the interim country and the final destination. It is a good practice to have an appointment with a Veterinarian locally in the Country you are traveling through.



Is a Pet Passport the Same as an Animal Health Certificate?

The Terms “Pet Passport” and “Animal Health Certificate” are essentially the same. Pet Passport is a term used in the EU and UK and means all the documents you need to travel with your Pet. An “Animal Health Certificate” is one of these documents and sometimes all you need.


How Long is a Animal Health Certificate Valid for?

Your Pet’s Animal Health Certificate is valid for the 10 days following the date of issue for entry to the EU and the UK England and, it is valid for a total of 4 months for onward travel within the EU after first entry.


Pet Cat in her Stroller
Pet Cat in her Stroller

Where to Find Low Cost Pet Health Certificate Veterinarians:

If you have access to a Military Veterinarian, they are almost always great to work with and are experienced in Pet Travel and importing Pets to many countries including the Pet Health Certificates. 

Also, fees are often less expensive at your local Animal Shelters or retail outlets such as Petsmart. 

You can have more than 1 Dog or Cat or other Pet on a single health certificate. You can have up to 5 animals per Certificate

Find a Step-by-Step Guide to Your Country Requirements for a Pet Health Certificate here: Pet Health Certificates and Pet Passport US to Everywhere



15 Hotel Pet Amenities that Score with Pet Parents too!

Pet Friendly Hotels and Resorts are big business as travelers in 2022 bring their furry friends on vacation even more than any year before. Here ared 15 Pet Amenities that Dogs and Cats love!

In the USA alone there are over 60 million Dog owners. That is a huge Pet Travel market when you consider that 50% of them travel with their Pets.

Some 25% of listings on the website hotels.com now accept pets when accompanying their owners, and offer limited pet friendly, hotel amenities However, some hotels have aggressively gone after that demographic, going far beyond mere permission to bring a pet, with some extraordinary amenities and services they are now offering.

1. In-Room Pet Massages

In 2022, we have witnessed an huge increase in interest in Pet Massages. The American Kennel Club is one organization that offers guidance on the subject, and the website PetMD also provides training on the advantages of doing so.

One chain of upscale boutique hotels in the United States,Provenance Hotels, provides in-room pet massages performed by trained professionals. The goal of this service is to alleviate some of the anxiety that may be caused by traveling for dogs who are accompanied by their human companions. The massage sessions go for a total of thirty minutes and cost the about fifty dollars.

2. Dog Sitting Services

Taking your Dog with you on vacation can add a whole new dimension to your trip. However, there are occasions when you face a problem and you are unable to take your Dog to a particular restaurant or theater.

This is when you have to leave your Dog back at the hotel. Some hotels will not allow you to leave the pet in the room unattended, while others will allow it.

Even so, it does present a problem, as your Dog in strange surroundings may suddenly choose to carry out an uncharacteristic attack of the furnishing and cause expensive damage. Or, maybe it makes such a noise that other guests complain.

This is where a dog sitting option is invaluable. Many Hotels arrange this concierge service in two ways. They may have there own staff to sit with your furry friend or in some cases they have an arrangement with a local doggie day care provider.

The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn, New York, for example, has an arrangement with nearby Le Doggie Cool for your Pup to have a private caregiver and you are free to enjoy a human-only event.

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3 – Doggy Cabana

It is no longer an uncommon occurrence to bring along your pet with you when you cross the border into Mexico.

Spending relaxing time at the beach may be a lot of fun, but it’s important to remember that your Dog might become sick from being exposed to too much sun.

At least one hotel provides a pet-sized beach cabana for each guest’s animal to help them cope with the effects of the sun. This is just one of the numerous amenities that the Four Seasons Punta Mita has developed specifically for the convenience of its four-legged visitors.

Dog Friendly Cabanas and Plunge Pools are on top of the list of Pet Amenities
Dog Friendly Cabanas and Plunge Pools are on top of the list of Pet Amenities

4. Doggy Plunge Pool

The Four Seasons Punta Mita also has various beach amenities for dogs, such as the “Doggy Plunge Pool,” which offers a little reprieve from the searing heat of the sun while also providing the dog with an opportunity to cool down. It certainly sounds like a beach heaven for Dogs.

5. Complimentary Fit Bark Device

I am sure that most of us have heard of Fitbit, the divide that tracks many human metrics related to fitness. You may not have heard of Fit Bark, which is a Fitbit style of device designed for Dogs. It is a GPS Tracker which can help in finding your dog should he become lost while in strange surroundings on your trip, The data from the fit bark can be transmitted to the Fitbit app on your smart phone and can even be displayed on a smart watch. The Arrabelle at Vail Square offers complimentary use of this device for guest’s Dogs.

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6. Pet Psychic

Portland Oregon is one of the most pet friendly cities in the USA, and Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Portland tries to offer the best pet friendly hotel amenities that it can. It has been very through in creating services that it offers to its guests, with pet beds, bowls, and treat supplied.

They also offers one less than obvious service not offered elsewhere, and that is a Pet Psychic service. Once a month a pet psychic called Deborah comes along to the complimentary wine tasting and offers free insights into the pets thoughts for guests staying at the property.

This is a free service and offered without appointment. She also offers, at a charge, Reiki for dogs, and that can be booked through the hotel concierge.

7. Free Bandanas and Neckwear

Every well dressed Dog wants to look its best for a vacation stay at a hotel, and the Perry Lane Hotel has that covered, by offering every Dog guest a Bandana to wear, together with other gifts, and dog treats.

The hotel also offers doggies daycare and a pet taxi service for the convenience of their guests. This is provided in partnership with Savannah Pet Sitter, a local specialist pet sitting company.

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8. Dog Butler

Another feature that is often provided in these super pet friendly hotels are designated staff to care for your pooch. They go by different names, but they all have a similar role, and that is to totally pamper your dog. Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos,

Mexico has what it describes as a dog butler, and Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Ga has someone referred to as a “furry Godmother”, who will pamper your Pup with belly rubs and special treats.



9. Scented Pet Facials and Paw Conditioning

Whatever possible amenity that you can imagine your dog might need or enjoy is available somewhere in the USA. It has gone way past just providing a dog basket and feeding bowl these days.

Dogs are carefully pampered and preened to perfection in every conceivable way. How can your dog possibly be expected to stay at a hotel that does not provide a scented facial or has a paw conditioning service?

These are two of the services that are available at a resort called Nemacolin in Pennsylvania. The resort has dedicated 2,2000 acres for furry guests to enjoy while the human guests enjoy a range of activities.


Pet Friendly Cuisine Cater to Dogs
Pet Friendly Cuisine Cater to Dogs

10. Pet Cuisine Menu

Just like human guests, our pets are also treated to first class food with special doggie diets created especially for them.

Some hotels have created their own special doggie treats, others provide a Kong Toy stacked with delicious fillings and Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina has created a menu that includes Angus Beef and choice vegetables to pamper their taste buds.

All of these listed in special doggie menus created by the chef.

11. Dog Surfing Classes

Earlier we mentioned beach Cabanas made just for Dogs, and of course like humans our pets also want some action too. Hotels and resorts have thought about this too and have devised many ways of keeping your family pet amused.

These range from pools to dog surfing classes. What dog has not dreamed of standing astride his board while surfing the waves? It is just such a cool look for dogs after all. The Four Seasons Punta Mita has arranged special dog surfing sessions at just $165 per Dog.


white dog on shore
Photo by Dominika Roseclay on Pexels.com

12. Dog Yoga

Maybe your Dog is more passive and would prefer something more spiritual and with a slower burn. Never fear, the same hotel that offers dog surfing also offers Dog Yoga.

Yoga for dogs is called Doga, and when you check into Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico, you can get your dog his own butler who will look after all of his needs and take him along to Doga sessions so while you are out and about enjoying the beach or snorkeling, your dog can recharge his Zen.

13. Dog Happy Hour

The Liberty in Boston Massachusetts is just one hotel that offers a Happy Hour to canine guests. Every Monday and Wednesday evening they hold “Yappier Hour” in the courtyard of the hotel’s restaurant, where dogs receive pup-tails and featured treats, while their owners enjoy cocktails and snacks.

In Milwaukee, the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel offers a nightly pet friendly wine tasting reception. Taking your dog along to an event like this can open doors for single travelers to meet new people.

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14. Dog Weddings and Birthday Celebrations

Four Seasons Punta Mita also offer a complete service to arrange Pet Weddings and Pet Birthday Parties. After all, why shouldn’t your dog celebrate these special days in luxurious surroundings?

Pet weddings cost around $3,000 and pet birthdays celebrations will depend on the choice of menus selected. I think we have to admit that the hospitality industry has thought of every conceivable way they can develop new services to offers pets and their owners.


Kimpton Pet Friendly Hotels Cater to Pets with Varied Amenities
Kimpton Pet Friendly Hotels Cater to Pets with Varied Amenities

15. Canine Staff Members

Some hotels and resorts are so committed to ensuring the quality of service for their canine guests that they employ dogs on the staff. Kimpton Journeyman hotels refer to these staff members as Directors of Pet Relations, and they are there to greet pets as they arrive in the hotel.

Now there is a career opportunity for your pet that maybe you have never considered.

Today’s best hotels and resorts cater to Pets and Pet Parents. Pet friendly accommodations keep in tune to the pet traveler’s wants and needs and cater to both pet parents and their precious pooches and kitties by providing pet pampering services that leave both pets and their parents begging for more.



Plan your Travel with Pets by Train instead of Airlines

Want a getaway with your Furry friend?  A scenic train ride with your Dog or Cat is a great way to have a Pet Friendly vacation and getaway by Train with Your Pet.

So many reasons to have a getaway –You and your furry friend deserve a special, quick and scenic trip just to get away for a bit to a Pet-friendly spot for a long weekend or even the week!

Airline travel is so hard time right now.  Train travel with your Dog is a perfect alternative

Why Take a Train instead of an Airline for Pet Travel in the US?

  1. Train travel with a Dog Cost Less than flying with airlines.  The average cost to take your pup on a plane is at least another $125 and as high as $350 for a ticket. But, Amtrak trains are only $26 for your Pet’s train ticket.
  2. No long waits at the airport or having to get there 3 or 4 hours early.  You can arrive at the train station with your Pet only 30-minutes prior to departure or 45-minutes if you have luggage to check.  (Your Pet Carrier will count as a carry on.)
  3. No dog breed restrictions on Amtrak—only size. So many airlines ban snub nose (brachycephalic) Dogs. Shih Tzu, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, pugs—they’re all welcome! No breed bans on traveling with Pets on Amtrak.  All small breeds are welcome.
  4. Unlike Dogs on planes, with Dogs on Trains, you don’t have to worry about your Dog being cold and there’s no pressurization issues.  You won’t have to drag your Pet’s carrier across a huge airport’s terminal. 
  5. You can bring your small emotional support dog or cat on a train without any additional documentation.
  6. There are Dedicated Coach Cars for Pets and you’ll a lovely, scenic trip!

Digital Image by Chuck Gomez; Interior of Amfleet cars showing a customer with her dog. Pets on Trains photoshoot.
Digital Image by Chuck Gomez; Interior of Amfleet cars showing a customer with her dog. Pets on Trains photoshoot.

While almost all trains will allow you to bring your pet, there are a handful of Amtrak routes with a designated Coach car for pets.  These train routes include Amtrak Cascades, Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, Illini, Lincoln Service, Saluki, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, Hiawatha and Missouri River Runner.

What Pets Can Travel on Amtrak?

  1. Dogs and Cats—even snub nose and emotional support Pets
  2. Dogs and Cats up to 20 pounds
  3. Pet Carrier size: At maximum your Pet’s carrier size can be 19″ long x 14″ wide x 10.5″ high. You can find my recommendations for carriers for snub nose dogs here: Best Pet Carriers & Airlines for Pugs and Snub Nose Dogs
  4. Any route that is 7 hours or less, so there are a number of specific routes (not every route but there are many).

Backpacks make great carriers for Pet Travel on Trains
Backpacks make great carriers for Pet Travel on Trains

Backpacks are a great option for both trains and airlines. See here for our recommendations: Are Pet Backpacks Allowed on Airlines?

Amtrak Pet Policy for Traveling with Your Pet on Board a Train

  1. Book in advance!—each train has a max of 5 pets, so there will be plenty of room for each—all 5 spots are first-come, first-served basis.
  2. 1 Pet per passenger, and they may only ride in coach class (so no business class or any sleeper services).
  3. Pets travel in a pet carrier measuring no larger than 19 x 14 x 10.5 inches and must be well ventilated and leak proof. See the best carriers that fit these dimension here: Best Pet Carriers & Airlines for Pugs and Snub Nose Dogs and all breeds.
  4. The total weight of the pet inside the carrier cannot exceed 20 pounds.
  5. Pet carriers count towards a passenger’s carry-on allowance and must be placed under the passenger’s seat.
  6. You and your Pet must check-in at the ticket desk no later than 30 minutes before the train departs, to allow time to complete the pet release paperwork.
  7. Pets must be 8 weeks or older to travel on Amtrak services and be odorless and non-disruptive to other passengers.

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What Documents Do I Need to Travel by Train with my Dog or Cat?

  1. Passengers must sign a Pet Release and Indemnification Agreement for each segment of your Pet Travel by Train.  You can find the form here. But you do not have to print the form or bring it to the station. The agent or conductor will give you the form at the station.
  2. Passengers will certify that their pet is up-to-date with all required vaccinations before travel.
Amtrak in Pennsylvania Pet Friendly Train Travel
Amtrak in Pennsylvania Pet Friendly Train Travel

How to Book your Pet Travel on Amtrak

First, you can search for routes (“services”) on Amtrak.com.

Type in where you want to go with your Dog or Cat, one-way or round-trip and the dates for your travel and then click “Find Trains.”

Then you will check that the train service (route) you want to book is pet friendly. 

You can do this by clicking on “Details” and then under the service click on “Services” Underneath that click on “Add-On” and you can see “Pet”.  This shows that you can add your Dog or Cat to the booking.

Now, you know that the service/route you want allows Pets.

You select your train route, enter your personal details.

You’ll then need to select your preferred train service, seat type and option (such as Saver or Flexible), then enter your travelers details.

Then, add your Dog or Cat to the booking on the “Add-Ons” page.

Then it’s time to finalize your booking and pay for your ticket. Amtrak also lets you make your reservations via their customer call center reservation over the phone (1-800-USA-RAIL) or at staffed Amtrak stations.

The fee for traveling with a pet is currently $26 USD (or 800 Amtrak Guest Reward points) per segment. but it is much cheaper than flying with your pet.


Amtrak with Pets on Trains

Checking in with Your Pet at the Train Station

Once your arrive at the station (at least 30 minutes before and 45 minutes if you are checking a bag), go to the Amtrak ticket office.

 A ticket agent will look up your booking, check your carrier –usually, just a quick glance with your Pet inside (readers report back that the agent did not weigh or measure their Pet or carrier)

You’ll be given a Pet Release and Indemnification Agreement to sign.  You can see here for the form, but you do not have to print it or bring it to the station.

If you are traveling from an unstaffed station, speak to the conductor who will confirm your Pet’s ticket and provide you with this release form—one for each segment of travel.

Boarding the Train with Your Dog or Cat

There’s a bit of a wait from check-in to when the train platform number is announced.

Once your platform is announced, head to the train.

You can board the train.  Make sure you keep your tickets handy as a ticket inspector will come onboard and make their way seat-by-seat and ask for your tickets.

Don’t worry about finding your specific seat—you can select any seat in your car.

Be as early to board as you can because the “reserved coach” tickets, reserves you and your Pet a seat on the specific car, it does not reserve a specific seat. “Reserved” simply means you are guaranteed a seat and you get to choose your own.

Except for a few trains that have a specific cars dedicated for pets, you can sit anywhere, on any coach car (although perhaps skip the quiet car if your Pup may bark a bit).

The trains with a specific car for Pets are: Amtrak Cascades, Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, Illini, Lincoln Service, Saluki, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, Hiawatha and Missouri River Runner.

Once you’ve found your seat on the train, place your pet in their carrier bag underneath your seat. The seats are different than on airplanes and you’ll have a space separate from the seat in front of you.

If you choose the Amtrak Cascades trains you can have your pet carrier on the floor in front of the seat next to you where there’s a bit more room.

TIP:  Since your Pet must remain with you at all times and you can’t leave them alone, either bring your own beverages and snacks or maybe someone will go to the dining car or cafe for you.

Here are all the Pet Friendly Trains Routes for Travel with Pets on Amtrak:


EASTERN USA Amtrak Pet Friendly Train Routes:

  • Capital Limited
  • Carolinian
  • Cardinal
  • Crescent
  • Lake Shore Limited
  • Piedmont
  • Palmetto
  • Silver Star
  • Silver Meteor

Western USA Amtrak Pet Friendly Train Routes

  • Amtrak Cascades (excluding Canada)
  • California Zephyr
  • Coast Starlight
  • Southwest Chief
  • Sunset Limited
  • Texas Eagle

MidWest USA Amtrak Pet Friendly Train Routes

  • California Zephyr
  • Capitol Limited
  • Cardinal
  • City of New Orleans
  • Empire Builder
  • Hiawatha
  • Carl Sandburg
  • Illinois Zephyr
  • Saluki
  • Pere Marquette
  • Wolverine
  • Blue Water
  • Lake Shore Limited
  • Missouri River Runner
  • Southwest Chief
  • Texas Eagle

NorthEast Amtrak Pet Friendly Train Routes

  • Acela Express (Weekends and holidays)
  • Adirondack (Excluding Canada)
  • Downeaster
  • Empire Service (Excluding Canada)
  • Ethan Allen Express
  • Maple Leaf (excluding Canada)
  • Northeast Regional
  • Vermonter (Washington – Springfield)

You can plan a great pet-friendly train trip with your Dog for cheap without the hassle of airline travel. You can search for and book your Amtrak pet friendly trip at Amtrak.com


Airlines that Allow Emotional Support Dogs 2022

Airlines that allow Emotional Support Dogs in 2022 are: China Air, Latam, Norwegian Air, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Volaris, AeroMexico, Air France, Asiana Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Viva Aerobus and FlyBondi (South America).

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Rule of Law for Airlines Flying with Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

As of March 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation took away the protections emotional support dogs enjoyed for years.

This new rules let airlines to choose not to allow emotional support animals on their flights.  They were given discretion to say yes or no to your ESA and many chose NO.

But, there are still some airlines that allow Emotional Support Dogs on Planes.

Here are the airlines that allow still Emotional Support Dogs on Planes in 2022:


Airlines that Fly Emotional Support Animals

Airlines that Fly
Emotional Support Dogs
Requirements to Fly with ESA
Westjet Update-no longer accepting ESAs–
Only Service Dogs in 2022
China Air Update-no longer accepting ESAs–
Only Service Dogs in 2022)
LatamRoutes from or to Mexico, Colombia and on domestic flights
within Colombia
Norwegian AirAll Direct flights to and from the U.S (excl. flights to the UK)
Notice: 48 hours prior to departure.
Singapore Airlines❏ Import and/or export permits (subject to country-specific regulations)
❏ Transshipment licence, if your dog is transiting through Singapore
❏ Veterinary health certificate
❏ Rabies vaccination letter
❏ Signed statement from a licensed mental health professional no
older than one year prior to your flight date stating:
– you have a mental or emotional disability recognised in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and is under
his or her professional care
– you need the emotional support dog for air travel and/or for activities at your destination
– licence information of the mental health professional (issue date, licence
type, and jurisdiction and state where it was issued)
❏ A completed acknowledgement form
Virgin AustraliaTo request to travel with your Emotional Support on a Virgin Australia
operated flight* to or from the United States, please call our Guest Contact Centre.
VolarisThe emotional support animals service is free of charge and is
available on the following routes:
■ Within Mexico
■ From Mexico to Central America and vice versa
■ Within Central America
■ Within South America
■ From Central America to South America and vice versa
Follow the SAGAPRA requirements
AeroMexicoDog and Cat ESAs allowed.
Emotional support animals which must have a maximum weight
of 26 lbs / 12 kg and their allowed measurements will be 22 in
long x 12 in tall.
Follow the SAGAPRA requirements
Air FranceBook for you and your pet at the same time by telephone.
Or, Book your flight on Air France website, then
contact our customer service team
as quickly as possible afterwards by telephone to add your
pet to the booking.
Asiana AirUpdate-no longer accepting ESAs–
Only Service Dogs in 2022)
KLM AirlinesUpdate-no longer accepting ESAs–
Only Service Dogs in 2022)
LufthansaYour Dog must be trained to be obedient to your commands and
must behave appropriately in a public space (in other words, no
barking, growling, or jumping up at people or other animals).
Viva AerobusPresent a medical prescription on letterhead issued by an institution
or a doctor specializing in mental health (psychologist or psychiatrist)
that contains: 
– Full name of the passenger. 
– Name, medical license, and signature of the person who issued
the document. 
Leash, harness, and ID tag 
FlyBondiEmotional support Dogs fly free of charge, as long as he/she
has identification and a health certificate, which may be
requested by Flybondi staff
Notice: at least 24 hours before the flight departure through the
ticket purchasing process.
CompanionPetTravel.com: Chart of Airlines that allow Emotional Support Animals on Planes in 2022

So, if you are flexible with your route and airline, you still can fly with your ESA in 2022. Once you find your airline, you need to have the right documents. Here is a list of documents you need to fly with an Emotional Support Animal:

What Documents Do I Need to Fly with an ESA Emotional Support Dog?

1. ESA Letter from a Mental Health Professional

First and foremost, find an airline and a route to get you where you want to go, then go to a trusted Mental Health Professional for flying with ESAs. You can reach out to ESADoctors to walk you through the process and get you on your way.

You must have an ESA Letter from a Licensed Mental Health Professional (Stating you have a mental or emotional need for an ESA Dog and the letter is no older than 1 year from the date of flying with your Dog.

You can make an online appointment with ESADoctors for either an ESA or Psychiatric Service Dog. ESADoctors are most trusted and well accepted to handle all your needs for an ESA Letter to fly with your Dog.

ESADoctors will ensure that your Letter includes all the Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements including:

  • That the passenger has a mental or emotional health-related disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM); the note does not have to disclose the specifics of the disability
  • That having the animal accompany them is necessary for their mental health or treatment, or to assist them with their disability during the flight or upon their arrival
  • That the individual providing the assessment is a licensed mental health professional and that the passenger is under his or her professional care
  • The date and type of the mental health professional’s license and the state or other jurisdiction in which it was issued
  • The ESADoctor’s signature
Emotional Support Pomeranian Dog ready for Airline Travel
Emotional Support Pomeranian Dog ready for Airline Travel

For Example, here is the email a Pet Traveler with Dog received from Singapore Airlines on their requirements to fly with an ESA.

ESADoctors is fully compliant with the requirements of Singapore and many other airlines including Lufthansa, AeroMexico, Alaska Air and many other to fly with your ESA.

2. Animal Health Certificate from USDA/APHIS

A pet health certificate is an official document issued and often endorsed by USDA/APHIS, through your Veterinarian certifying that your Pet is fit to travel. including vaccination, Rabies & Titer tests, Microchip, age, breed and health conditions required to travel with pets.

Many Airlines require a Certificate to be issued within 10 to 14 days prior to travel.

See How to Obtain a Pet Health Certificate for domestic and international Pet travel here with links to the USDA/APHIS and Veterinarians to provide the Animal Health Certificate

3. Your Statement of Your Dog’s Good Behavior

This is the easiest. You can write your own statement and many airlines have a simple form for you to fill out stating that your Dog is well-socialized enough to be calm and behave on a flight.

Airlines often have their own statement form on their website or at the checkin counter. Once you have chosen your airline and booked your flight, be sure to add your Dog and have this simple, one-page statement typed, printed and signed by you.

See also, Airline that Allows All Large Dogs In Cabin

Next, if you travel internationally with a Pet you will need additional documents. Here’s a complete list. Depending on if your companion pet is a Dog, Cat or Ferret, you will need the following:

Documents Needed for Moving or Flying with Pets Internationally

  • Microchip Certificate
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  • Health Certificate. For International Pet Travel, you may need more than 1 Health Certificate–Some transit countries require their own Certificates.
  • Rabies Titer Test results
  • Parasite Treatment certificate—Often Deworming
  • This is just a guide on what is required, please check the requirements for your specific airline and destination country at our page: Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates.
3 Small Emotional Support Dogs Ready for Airline Travel
3 Small Emotional Support Dogs Ready for Airline Travel

Most Airlines Have Chosen Not To Allow ESAs (Dogs) on Planes In Cabin

Most domestic airlines including United Airline, American Airline, Jetblue, Frontier, Alaska and Southwest Airlines have decided to take full advantage of the new rule put out by the U.S. Department of Transportation and stop accepting ESAs in the airline cabin.

Some believe the reason airlines have stopped accepting ESAs is because too many Pet Parents were abusing and taking advantage of the old regulations, passed their Pet off as an Emotional Support Animal and brought all manner of exotic animals on flights—for free including peacocks and miniature horses. 

Some believe that it is simply a matter of Pet Parents who have failed to properly socialize their Pets for flying on Planes.

I believe that airlines continue to choose to stop flying Emotional Support Animals because there’s money to be made by charging a Pet Fee for an ESA that they cannot charge for a Service Animal. ESAs are another way to increase airline profits at your expense. Not good for us or our Pets!

You only to look at the huge number of rude human passengers flying on airlines in the last year to see that poor behaved animals is not as much an issue as the Airlines say.

companionpettravel–AnneTravel

And even when flying with your Pet In Cabin counts as your carry-on or personal item which is usually included in the fare for your ticket, they still charge a Pet Fee for flying on a Plane In Cabin.

‍Airlines Still Accept Dogs In Cabin On Planes

If your Dog Does not qualify as an ESA or Service Dog, you can still fly with your Pet on a Plane In Cabin.

If your Dog or Cat meets the standard size to fit under the seat on a plane, airlines will still allow them and you are permitted to bring them on an airline for a Pet fee ranging from free to $125.

What is the Standard Size for Airline Pet Carriers In-Cabin?

The Standard Size for Pet Carriers is 22”Lx14”Wx 9” and for Pets In-Cabin the average weight for your Pet is 8kg or 17lbs. Soft-Sided Carriers are best for Airlines. The top compresses 1 or 2 inches, giving you more options than a Hard-Sided carrier. The carrier must be stowed under the seat at least for take-off and landing.


MAJOR AIRLINES IN-CABIN PET CARRIER SIZES:


AIRLINE, IN CABINMaximum Pet Carrier Size
LxWxH
DELTA
Small Dogs, Cats,
Domestic Birds
Carrier Counts as
your Carry-On

22″/56cmX14″
SOUTHWEST
Dog and Cats
1 Carrier per passenger.
Carrier may hold 2 animals:
Same Size/Same Breed.
Allows carrier and carry-on
18.5″x13.5″x10″
UNITED
Dogs and Cats
Pit-Bull Breeds prohibited
Allows carrier and a carry-on.
1 pet per carrier
Hard-Sided=
17.5″x12″x7.5″
Soft-Sided=
18″x11″x11″
AMERICAN
Dogs and Cats
Carrier counts as your carry-on.
1 carrier per parent
19″x13″x9″
FRONTIER
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Dogs,
Cats, Birds,
Rabbits, Guinea Pigs,
Hamsters
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
Dogs and Cats.
18″x14″x8″
JET BLUE
Dogs and Cats
1 Pet per carrier. 1 carrier
per parent.
Counts as 1 personal item
17″x12.5″x8.5″
TURKISH Airlines
Dogs, Cats, Singing Birds.
Total Weight 18lb (carrier +pet).
Carrier is not counted
as your carry on
15.7″x11.8×9″
KLM Airlines
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight 18lbs
(carrier +pet).
Carrier is not counted
as your carry on
18″x11″x9.4″
LUFTHANSA
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight 18lbs
(carrier +pet).
Soft-sided carriers only
Carrier not counted
as carry on
22″x16″x9″x
VOLARIS
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight: 22lbs/10kg (carrier+pet)
17.5×12″x7.5″
ALASKA AIRLINES

Hard-Sided=
17″x11″x7.5″
Soft-Sided=
17″x11″x9.5″
CANADA AIR
Dog or Cat
1 pet per passenger
Hard-Sided=
22″x16″x9″
Soft-Sided=
21.5×16″x10.5
AEROMEXICO
Soft carriers only
12″x16″x8″
KOREAN AIR
Total lineal dimensions=45″/115cm
Hard=8″ Height
Soft=10″ Height
FlyBondi Airlines (South American Routes)14″Lx13″Wx9″H
CompanionPetTravel.com: Chart of 14 Airlines for Pet Carrier Sizes for Pets In Cabin

If your Dog cannot fit under the seat in front of you, you may still be able to fly with a larger Dog on a Plane, in cabin. See, Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for My Dog?

Of Course, this does not help the majority of Pet Parents who cannot fly with their pet that is over 20lbs.

See: The 10 Most Affordable Airlines Pet Fees: 2022

And, Flying a Large Dog In Cabin 2022

Service Animals on Airlines Are Still Protected in 2022

Service Animals are still protected by the US Federal Government and every airline must still allow properly trained Service Dogs to fly In Cabin without a Pet Fee.

Service Animals are federally protected, in part because they have been individually trained for the owner’s specific disability.

If a fully trained service Dog meets the requirements, they may fly free by sitting at its owner’s feet in the seat’s footspace.

Further, if the seat chosen is not large enough for the Dog, the airline must accommodate the owner with a larger seat in the same class of cabin.

Service Animals typically extremely well behaved as well as individually trained to perform a task that can help someone with a specific disability.

Service Dog and Psychiatric Service Dogs come in many sizes
Service Dog and Psychiatric Service Dogs come in many sizes

Psychiatric Service Dogs are Service Dogs and Must Be Allowed to Fly On All Airlines

Thankfully many travelers with a mental disability are turning to service animals, specifically psychiatric service Dogs as an alternative to ESAs.

The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) prohibits the discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel, according to the Department of Transportation.

What Is A Psychiatric Service Dog And Service Animal?

A psychiatric service dog is very similar to an ESA in that they help alleviate symptoms of a person’s disability.

Psychiatric service dogs and service animals have emerged as the new standard for flying for a qualified individual.

How Are Psychiatric Service Dogs Different From ESAs?

Psychiatric service dogs and service animals are different from an animal that provides emotional support in that they are specially trained to do work.

When it comes to what mental and emotional disability qualifies for a psychiatric service animal it is the exact same standard as an ESA.

Psychiatric Service Dogs are protected by US Federal Law and ESAs are no longer.

Emotional support dogs (ESDs) are dogs that are required for a person’s ongoing mental health treatment by a licensed mental health professional.

These professionals include licensed therapists, psychologists and doctors (General Practitioners).

An ESD brings comfort and minimizes the negative symptoms their human companion’s emotional or psychological ‘disability’.

Unlike service dogs, emotional support dogs do not need any specific task-training because their very presence alleviates the symptoms associated with a personal psychological or emotional disability.

The only requirement is that the dog is fully under control in public and does not cause trouble in or around the domestic environment.

There is No US Government Registry for Emotional Support Animals BUT, there are Registries in other Countries

It is important to remember with all the private companies offer to register your ESA, that there is NO official registry for ESAs in the USA. There are official ESA Registries in other Countries.

In order to prove your Dog is your Emotional Support Dog for flying on Airlines, you will need a letter from an accredited medical health practitioner.

Still, Airlines often get it wrong and arbitrarily deny Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) and ESAs.  Often this is due to a lack of understanding of the American with Disabilities Act and the DOT Ruling on Emotional Support Animals. 

I have heard from other Pet Parents that if the ticket reservationist or other airline staff cannot see the disability, no disability exists.

Therefore, it is wise to have a letter from a Mental or Medical Health professional with you when you arrive at the airport. 

No such letter is required by US law; however, it helps confused or poorly-trained airport staff to better accept that PSD or ESA.

What Documents are Required By Airlines to Fly with an Emotional Support Animal?

Dogs must meet the standard of training laid out by the ADA and DOT before you can fly with your Pet.

You also need a form that the DOT requires you fill out before boarding your flight.

US Department of Transportation Service Animal AIr Transportation Form
US Department of Transportation Service Animal AIr Transportation Form

1.  Obtain a Medical Assessment Letter / ESA Letter

Remember there is no Certification for a Dog as an ESA. There are no official certificate and no official Governmental registration database for Emotional Support Animals (ESAs).

To fly with an Emotional Support Dog, you need an ESA letter, which is a letter from a medical or mental health professional—preferably, your own therapist or physician.

SCAMS EXIST.

Many websites offer ESD/ESA “Certificates” in exchange for a fee and a quick survey on their site. Avoid any websites offering such service or to add your Pet to their “official registry. There is no such thing as an official ESD/ESA certificate or registry. 

They are simply charging you to create their own database and add your Pet to it. They have no legal force.

The Letter from a Medical or Mental Health Professional is most effective in convincing the Airline your Pet really is your ESA:

The Letter is on the professionals letterhead, with contact information, written by a qualified physician or mental health provider.

Includes the professional’s license number, as well as their signature and date the letter is signed.

The letter should clearly state your need for an Emotional Support Animal.

What qualifies Your Dog as an Emotional Support Dog?

Many people who suffer from a variety of illnesses, including mild to severe depression, phobias, PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks have found that companionship of an emotional support dogs alleviates symptoms, sometimes even when prescription medications failed or had adverse side effects.

To qualify for an ESD, a licensed medical health care professional will determine whether you have a disability and whether an ESD would help alleviate your symptoms.

A “disability” for purposes of qualifying for an Emotional Support Dog means a mental health condition like depression or severe anxiety.

It includes any mental health condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as the ability to study, work, travel or sleep.

Please note that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), emotional support animals are not considered service animals and are therefore not given the same rights and privileges.

However, ESDs in many instances, such as traveling, have more rights to accompany their owners than standard Pets.

2. Obtain your Emotional Support Dog’s  Health Certificate for Pet Passport

In order to fly with emotional support dogs, they must have a Pet Passport or Pet Health Certificate. See Pet Health Certificates and Pet Passport US to Everywhere

3. Book Flights and Inform Your Airline Directly of Flying with ESA

It’s important to check that your airline allows emotional support dogs on board with you, as many do not.  

Different airlines have different restrictions on the dog breeds they allow on their planes.

If your airline does not allow flying with an emotional support dog, your dog will need to adhere to the airlines standard pet policies.

When booking your flight, it’s important to note that you may be restricted to sit in specific seats on the plane.

Most airlines require that passengers flying with an ESA dog sit in certain seats on the plane.

Therefore, it is important to check these specific requirements, when booking your flight or reserving your seats.

Generally, you will need to inform the airline that you will be bringing an ESD, at least 48 hours before the flight.

As well as providing your ESA letter, some airlines may also require you to complete a form.

The letter will state the address and jurisdiction of the health professional who approved your use of an ESD.

Additionally, it will state that you have a mental health related disability and are under the care of a health professional.

The amount of notice the airline will need, may differ between airlines.

So, again, please check the policies before booking your flight. If you fail to give some airports sufficient notice, then your ESD may need to be checked into the cargo compartment of the plane.

4. Complete the Airline’s Sanitation Form

A sanitation form is required by some airlines,if your flight is over 8 hours long.

This form states that during the flight, your emotional support dog will not defecate or urinate on a flight.

These forms require you to inform the airline how you’d go about dealing with a scenario in which they will need to defecate or urinate.

Check the airline policy of who you are flying with, to see if a sanitation form is required.

Your Dog Must be Well Behaved

This does not mean your ESA needs to be trained to do work that helps your disability. For an airline that accepts traveling with an ESA (Dogs) they are not allowed to ask what tasks the Dog can perform and they do not need to know how to work or perform tasks.

However, the better trained your Dog, the less airline staff will be inclined to ask you questions and make your life more challenging as you board your flight. It’s best if your pet is well behaved.

See also, Can an Airline Deny My Service Dog to Fly?

What Airlines Do Not Allow Emotional Support Animals (Dogs)

Most domestic airlines including United Airline, American Airline, Jetblue, Frontier, Alaska, even our beloved Southwest Airlines have decided to take advantage of the new rule put out by the U.S. Department of Transportation and stop accepting ESAs in the airline cabin.

What Disabilities Qualify as a Psychiatric Service Dog or Service Animal?

Any mental or emotional disability that qualifies for an ESA can qualify for a psychiatric service animal. This includes:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Personality Disorders
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Schizophrenia

A psychiatric service dog or service animal provides the same mental health support as an emotional support animal.

Next see, Can my ESA Be a Psychiatric Trained Service Dog for Flying?

And, Flying a Large Dog In Cabin 2022


Can I Bring Pet Food On An Airplane

Yes. Follow the TSA 3-1-1 Rule and know these tips: there are stricter limits on “wet” than “dry” food. Moist Pouches and dehydrated food are easiest to get through security. Separate pet food from your bags at the check point No exceptions for prescription food or food for Service Dogs. .

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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) says

YES, You Can Bring Pet Food On A Plane Just know these rules and tips

WET FOOD:  must follow TSA’s 3-1-1 Rule

3-1-1 Liquids Rule for your carry on bag on a plane includes the Pet Food you travel with you onboard. Simply, here’s how it goes:  3.4oz./100ml or smaller container, in a 1 quart-sized clear baggie and 1 baggie per passenger.  Passengers can bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint, limited to 3 ounces or less per item.

TSA.GOV for liquids on Planes--the 3-1-1 Rule applies to Dog and Cat Food
TSA.GOV for liquids on Planes–the 3-1-1 Rule applies to Dog and Cat Food

TSA Security Rule applies to the Pet Food you need for the trip with your Dog or Cat on board the Plane and while moving through the airport.

Problem: Most cans of Wet Food are Larger than 3.4 ounces or they are made of Metal and so, they may not make it past security easily. It’s best to leave those favorite cans for the checked baggage. We have enough hassle getting through the airport–getting stuck at TSA security is the least of the obstacles. Let’s make it easy. Did you know…

Solution: “Moist” Pet Food is considered “Dry” by Airport TSA Security this means you can bring larger containers than if you bring Wet. If you can get your fur baby to accept Pet food moist packets over canned, you can easily bring them on the plane:


Metal Canned Pet Food Can Set off TSA Security
Metal Canned Pet Food Can Set off TSA Security

Remember to choose and pack your Cat or Dog’s favorite flavor that has the mildest scent—least smelly. Canned Tuna is my Chihiro and Sophie’s favorite but not a good choice for the trip—its smell is just too strong!

Dehydrated Pet food is another great option–it weighs even less than regular moist and canned Pet food and, if your Pet likes it, you can pack even more and have some extra for unexpected layovers or if the grocery isn’t nearby when you arrive at the hotel. Bring some as a back up!

I always bring moist and dehydrated for Sophie and Chihiro just in case we are delayed or cannot easily find a shop nearby where we are staying.


  • Moist Pet Food takes up less space, so you can pack more!
  • The scent is milder compared to canned
  • Easier clean up–just crumple & toss
  • No metal! No sharp edges like with cans
  • So much easier to get through TSA Security
  • My Sophie’s favorite is Portland Pet Food moist packets.

TIP:  If you are still not sure if you can bring your Pet Food on a Plane, have no fear…simply snap a picture or send a question to AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET weekdays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends/holidays.  They are surprisingly responsive.  They really want to make your trip as smooth as possible.

See Also, Amazon Pet Travel Finds Under $25

DRY Dog and Cat Food 

TSA or Airlines rarely limit how much of your Pet’s food you can bring in checked baggage; But the TSA officer has a lot of discretion in how much you bring onboard the plane, In Cabin.

Pet food or human food containers, can obscure x-ray screening at check points so, they are subject to higher scrutiny. 

Keep about 3 or 4 meals worth of kibble in 1 quart bags.  For checked bags, it is best to bring Pet food in its original, sealed package.     

  • Prescription pet food:? No exception for prescriptions going through TSA–it’s all the same to them.
  • Service Dogs: No exception for Service Dogs. There should be but, bring enough for your travel days plus two.

How Do You Pack Pet Food For Airplane Travel?

Carry-On: Use 1 quart bags, Separate 1-quart bags in bin for inspection. Pet food and other food can disguise/obscure other items in your bag, so TSA Officers will inspect more carefully.  Keeping them out until you pass through TSA allows you to move faster.

Checked Bag:  Try to keep as much in the original, sealed package.  Self-packaged containers should list the contents, weight, and origin.  Consider tearing off the label from the original package and stick it on or in your packaging. 


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Can I bring Pet Food to Canada from the US?

At a Glance

You can import a “small” amount of commercially packaged pet food made in the United States for the use of your pet while you are in Canada.  The amount should be enough for your Pet only for the length of time you are staying in Canada.  For example: three days’ worth of meals for a three day stay.

  • Responsible Authority: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • Labeling/paperwork requirements: Sealed, commercial packaging
  • Restricted Products: All dog food not of US or Canadian origin.
  • Weight or size limit: Up to 20 kg
  • Wet food allowed? Yes
  • Dry food allowed? Yes
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

Canada has a bit more relaxed policy when it comes to bringing in dog food, but there are still some stipulations. Dog food must be of US origin and in its sealed, commercial packaging. The pet you’ll be feeding the food to must be present upon entry, and only the specific pet may eat the food. For all other travelers, you’ll have to look into getting an import permit, but those are typically reserved for businesses bringing in large volumes of product.


Can I bring Pet Food to England/UK?

At a Glance

  • Responsible Authority: Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
  • Labeling/paperwork requirements: Commercial packaging/manufacturing details
  • Restricted ingredients: Any animal products from outside of the EU
  • Weight or size limit: 2 kg or less
  • Wet food allowed? Yes
  • Dry food allowed? Yes
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

If you’re traveling from one country in the EU to another, there’s little in the way of restrictions on bringing pet food. As long as your pet food was produced or purchased in the EU, then you’re free to bring it. If you’re bringing food from outside of the union, however, there’s a strict ban on any and all animal products, unless the food is medically necessary for your pet. In that case, it must be in sealed packaging and be under 2 kg, and not come from an area experiencing any transmissible livestock diseases.

Can I bring Pet Food to Spain?

At a Glance

  • Responsible Authority: Spanish National Police (PNE)
  • Labeling/paperwork requirements: Commercial packaging/manufacturing details
  • Restricted ingredients: Any animal products from outside of the EU
  • Weight or size limit: 2 kg or less
  • Wet food allowed? Yes
  • Dry food allowed? Yes
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

Flying in for an extended holiday in Barcelona? As long as you’re compliant with EU regulations, then you and your pet are good to go. That means keeping to a limit of 2 kg for food, which must be in its commercial packaging and not have been purchased or produced outside of the EU for safety reasons.

Can I Bring Pet Food to Mexico?

At a Glance

  • Responsible Authority: Federal Civilian Aviation Agency (AFAC)
  • Labeling/paperwork requirements: Commercial packaging/manufacturing details
  • Restricted ingredients: Anything not canned, sealed, or bagged
  • Weight or size limit: 50 kg
  • Wet food allowed? Yes
  • Dry food allowed? Yes
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

Mexico allows a generous amount of up to 50 kg of pet food, or however much is needed for your stay. Both wet and dry food are allowed, but they must be packaged. By packaged, this means travelers can only bring in cans or bags of food. “Fresh” pet food that is tubed or resembles raw meat may be subject to restriction, unless it is precooked and doesn’t require refrigeration.

Can I Bring Pet Food to Singapore?

At a Glance

  • Responsible Authority: Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS)
  • Labeling/paperwork requirements: Cargo clearance permit, commercial packaging
  • Restricted ingredients: Any food not produced within Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, or the US
  • Weight or size limit: None
  • Wet food allowed? Yes
  • Dry food allowed? Yes
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

Singapore allows the transport of pet food into the country, as along as the food was produced in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, or the US. You’ll need to apply for a permit through the Animal and Veterinary Service, where they approve each food individually.

Can I Bring Pet Food to South Africa?

At a Glance

  • Wet food allowed? Yes
  • Dry food allowed? Yes
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

There isn’t much information available on the web about what pet food you can and can’t bring into South Africa, but that’s because it’s usually handled on an individual basis. You’ll have to apply for a permit to import food through the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development. Make sure you choose the right department, because the former Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries was divided into two new agencies just last year. As far as guidelines go, they’re synonymous with the EU’s guidelines. The only difference is that you’ll need a permit before bringing anything into South Africa.

Can I Bring Pet Food to Costa Rica?

At a Glance

  • Responsible Authority: General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC)
  • Labeling/paperwork requirements: Commercial packaging/manufacturing details
  • Restricted ingredients: Animal products except milk/beef sourced from outside of New Zealand/Australia
  • Weight or size limit: None
  • Wet food allowed? None
  • Dry food allowed? None
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

Costa Rica is another country that doesn’t have much legislation regarding the importation of pet food. They do make notes, however, on food containing protein that isn’t sourced from New Zealand or Australia. The exception to this rule is for milk and beef ingredients, so more likely than not, your beef based dog food will be fine. Cat food, on the other hand, will be more difficult to bring. Be sure to ring the airline or General Directorate of Civil Aviation beforehand to ensure you’re all clear to fly.


Portugal Flag
Portugal Flag

Can I Bring Pet Food to Portugal?

At a Glance

  • Responsible Authority: National Civilian Aviation Authority (ANAC)
  • Labeling/paperwork requirements: Commercial packaging/manufacturing details
  • Restricted ingredients: Any animal products from outside of the EU
  • Weight or size limit: 2 kg or less
  • Wet food allowed? Yes
  • Dry food allowed? Yes
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

Portugal falls within the European Union, so their guidelines are the same as the UK, France, and Spain. Generally anything within the EU is acceptable for transport, but if it contains rare ingredients such as caviar (pampered pup!), you’ll need a special permit for entry.

France Flag
France Flag

Can I Bring Pet Food to France?

At a Glance

  • Responsible Authority: French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC)
  • Labeling/paperwork requirements: Commercial packaging/manufacturing details
  • Restricted ingredients: Any animal products from outside of the EU
  • Weight or size limit: 2 kg or less
  • Wet food allowed? Yes
  • Dry food allowed? Yes
  • Sealed packages only? Yes

The security at airports in France is known to be a bit more on the strict (or slow side) compared to other European countries, but they follow the same guidelines as any other EU country. Always remember to bring your pet’s food in its sealed, original packaging.


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What Else Should I Bring on a Plane for a Pet?

  • Travel Kitty Litter Box—Disposable—any small carboard or fabric box works.
  • Wet-wipes
  • Plastic Bags for disposing kitty litter and pet food cans or pouches.
  • Leash and collar/harness without metal clasps or id/Rabies tags.
  • Blanket or Cooling Mat. It can get stuffy under the seat.

See also, Pets in Airports: Everything You Need to Know

TSA.GOV

TIP: Go to the Pet Relief Area first. The best-equipped are usually before TSA Security. And, if the Pet Relief area on your concourse is not close to your gate, or you are running late after getting through TSA Security, you will want to visit.

What Other Food Can Be Prohibited/Banned From Travel On A Plane?

While you are bringing your pet food on an airplane here are most of the less-obvious foods you cannot bring for human consumption

  • Ice Packs that have melted—convert themselves to a liquid, follow the 3-1-1 Rule.
  • Peanut Butter, Nutella or other Nut Spreads in carry-on bag are a liquid, follow the 3-1-1 Rule.
  • Cheese in carry-on bag—soft cheeses such as brie or goat are considered a liquid–follow the 3-1-1 Rule.
  • Cupcakes in a Jar—popular during the holidays are considered a liquid, follow the 3-1-1 Rule.
  • Alcohol over 140 proof in carry-on bag. Over 140 proof and it must be checked. Alcohol under 70 proof can go carry-on
  • This one is funny–Frosting by itself is a liquid, follow the 3-1-1 Rule and a Frosted/Iced Cake or cupcake is allowed.

You can get through TSA security with your Pet fastest by placing the carrier and food on the x-ray conveyor belt and carry or walk your pet through with a non-metal leash and collar or harness. Pet food should be separated from your luggage along with electronics and shoes.

Prepare a Pet Crate for Air Travel

International Pet Travel is complicated, but we have done this and so can you!

This step-by-step Guide shows you what Pet Traveler’s have shared with us.

Your Dog or Cat is traveling with their Crate in Cargo or Checked Baggage.

These 13 items are what is required for a properly equipped Pet Crate for air travel in Cargo or Checked Baggage (in the Hold)

So, when you ask what should I put in and on my Pet’s Cargo Kennel Here’s all you need to prepare your Pet for air travel:


1. Documents you Need on The Outside the Crate first.

We start here because getting the right documents for Pet Travel takes the most time to get. So, knowing you have them ready and where they should be on the crate helps prepare.

Pet Cargo Crate Must Have Copies of Travel Documents Attached to the Top of Your Crate

  1. Health & Acclimation Certificate
  2. Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  3. Airline Routing Information
  4. Feeding & Watering Information
  5. Document Pouch

Tape to the top of the crate in a clear, water-proof sleeve, attach a document pouch all copies of all your pet’s documents.  Health Certificate, Vaccination Record, Animal Feeding and Watering Instruction (easy, you can create this one) , Acclimation Certificate (can be filled out at the airport), Import/Export Certificate (if required).

Pet’s Health Certificate for Travel. If you travel internationally, your Pet may need one for each region or Country. For example, if you travel to the EU, you need an APHIS/USDA approved Health Certificate.

You need an Animal Feeding and Watering Instruction Form. You can use this as a guide to make your own. Some print their form on sticker paper; however, I use regular paper and tape it on so, I can change it out for the next trip.



2. The Outside of Your Pet’s Kennel Must Have “LIVE ANIMAL” Stickers with Arrows

Affix Green 3”x 5”, “LIVE ANIMAL” Stickers to the front, back, sides and top.  The Lettering must be at least 1″ tall. Affix Arrow stickers to the side, front and back. 

Green= Live Animals (mostly Pets). (Red=Laboratory Animals). Use Green. Do not cover Ventilation holes or slats.


Pet Cargo Crate with Visual Directions of Where to Affix "Live Animal" Stickers
Pet Cargo Crate with Visual Directions of Where to Affix “Live Animal” Stickers

You can always print your own with adhesive printer paper from a stationary store, just make sure you get the dimensions correct

3″x5″ with at least 1″ letters in Green. These are the ones I have used and with the kit you get a lot more that your need for your crate.


3. Include Your Pet’s Leash and Collar

You will need these ready to walk your Pet through security and the handlers will need them for any layovers where they are able to have a break between flights.

If your leash and collar have all plastic fasteners you will have less hassle passing through TSA security.

4. Pet Food, and Extra Bottles of Water on Top of Travel Kennel

My Airline Compliant Pet Cargo Crate Set Up for a Smaller Dog or Cat

Food for your pet must be packed in a sealed bag and attached to the top of the crate. Airline staff will feed your pet during the comfort stop. during the layover.

Food for your pet must be packed in a sealed bag and attached to the top of the crate.

Airline staff will feed your pet if they have a layover or comfort stop.

Pet Handlers recommend that you do NOT have food in the crate prior to the flight.

See also, CAN I BRING PET FOOD ON AN AIRPLANE to the US-Companion Pet Travel

Your Dog or Cat may have a treat but, rarely will they eat when stressed and the Pet food likely will be spilled and make a mess of your pet’s cargo crate. 

Freeze a bottle or two of water to attach to the top of the crate so the flight crew can provide water during a layover or before customs.

5. Attach a Water Bottle Feeder to the Inside of the Cargo Crate

Although many Dogs and Cats will not drink during the flight, if you train them before flying, they can stay hydrated with a spill and leak proof water feeder.


I have tried two others but I love this one– I’ve had no water leaking issues as I have had with less expensive ones that have weak seals.

This is made of Stainless Steel and resin and the ball stopper releases the right amount of water without getting water all over.


6. Attach a Funnel to the Outside of the Pet Cargo Crate

A small  pet funnel on the outside of the crate door, attached with zip ties, allows the pet airline handlers to refill bowls and water without opening the door. 

You can buy them at the Dollar Store. I don’t spend extra money on the more expensive collapsible ones, they often get lost on the flight.

If you want to provide water before the flight add it as a block of ice or ice cubes just before you hand your Dog or Cat to the airlines. 

This way, water is less likely to spill during transport to the aircraft but will be available during the flight.

See Best Cargo Crate for Flying with Large Dogs in 2021

7.  Your Pet’s Medicine

If your pet is on medication, make sure to attach the medicine and the dosage in a sealed bag. The airline staff will administer the medicine during layovers or if an emergency occurs. 

Be sure to add the dosage and prescription information on  Animal Feeding and Watering Instruction form (you can always make your own form).

See Also, Should I Sedate My Dog to Fly? Here, I cover Sedation, Prescription Medication and Alternatives such as Pheromones, CBD and other Calming aids to ease anxiety in pets.

8.  Attach 2 Pet Bowls to the Inside of the Pet Crate

One for Water and one for Food or If you include a Water Bottle Feeder, you can use one for food and one just under the Pet water bottle nozzle. 

You do not want water splashing and spilling during loading.  Water Bottle training is best, next to that use frozen water.

If you use a bowl instead of a feeder, place frozen water in their bowl before checking in and you can help ensure there is not loss of water or a mess. 

Bowls must be attached.  Use zip or cable ties if necessary, many crates have clasps.

You can use a water bottle. This drip resistant bottle is placed outside the bottle with the nozzle inside for your Pup to drink from. Training is needed here and some airlines require water bowls even if you use a bottle.

A well-trained Dog will be better off with a drip and spill-proof bottle and you can use both bowl and bottle by placing the bowl below the bottle.


Look for bowls with a lip that help prevent spilling.

Look for ones large enough for your Pet to get their nose into.

Stainless steel is a good choice for ease of cleaning (plastic can harbor bacteria)


9. Absorbent Pet Pee Pads Over Foam Inside Your Pet’s Kennel/Crate

Pee pads are popular but often they are too thin and the adhesive doesn’t stick well.

To keep your pet from standing in a mess of pee, use adhesive spray all over the underside of the pad, not just the corners or,  velrco-style tape.

Or pick up a piece of thin foam used for upholstery at your hobby store similar to memory foam and use adhesive spray. 

I keep a couple with me in my carry-on in case, when I pick up my anxious fur baby, she cannot wait until we find the closest Pet Relief Area.


Do not use newspaper, hay or straw, (all are prohibited for import to Mexico, for one) and for those airlines and destinations that allow newspaper, it’s just too messy.

There is no odor control and urine is not pulled away from your pet as it is with pee pads.

Newspaper falls apart when wet a makes a mess for your pet to stand in. Many airlines prohibit newspaper and straw. Use the pad before travel outside their litter box is a good place so they are used to the scent.

If your Dog or Cat is used to newspaper, begin to train them to accept a pee pad.

You can easily accomplish this by placing the new item (pee pad) near the familiar item (newspaper) and in time,you can use less and less newspaper and eventually, remove the newspaper altogether.

I carry 2 baggies with my Cat’s kitty litter.

I have them out for inspection with TSA. They will take a sample–doesn’t take too long but, if you can use the aircraft lavatory, your Cat is more likely to feel comfortable peeing.

See Where Do Dogs Pee on an Airplane?. Tips for Cats too!

Extra Pee Pads and litter can be used at the hotel or long taxi rides.


10. Add Your Pet’s Comfort Toys to their Pet Crate

An old t-shirt or a blanket that has your scent will comfort your pet in their crate. Do not sedate your pet before travelling; spraying the crate with calming oils sometimes works wonders for anxious pets.

11. Check for Metal Fasteners for Your Pet Crate

The top and bottom half of crates are usually separate and fastened together with plastic screw and bolts.  

Replace the plastic fasteners with metal fasteners.  Any hardware store is likely to have the required metal nuts and bolts if you bring the plastic ones with you for comparison.

I prefer to buy the metal replacement fasteners in this kit because I need the “Live Animals” sticker, funnel, bowls and pouches too.  And, It’s all together in one kit


12.  Add Cable/Zip Ties to Your Pet’s Crate 

Secure the door with cable/zip ties and tape a plastic bag with extra zip ties to the top of the crate.

This will allow airline staff to re-secure the doors after opening during layovers or if a pet breaks a tie or locking mechanism. 

Some airlines also require you to place these ties on all 4 corners of the crate door for added security.

You may also be interested in: How To Crate Train Your Pet for Air Travel


13.  Find the Correct Size Travel Crate for your Pet

Measure your Pet before shopping for the crate. Your pet must be able to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably in the crate.

Most airlines insist on IATA compliant Crate These crates are rated for strength, and most are made of rigid plastic.

Collapsible and soft-sided crates are not recommended or allowed for international Pet travel in Cargo. 

You will measure from head or sometimes the tip of their ears if they are erect.


IATA Pet Crate for Travel Measurement Guide

  1. Measure tip of nose to base of tail (do not include the length of the tail).
  2. Measure shoulder width. This should be the widest part of your pet. Then double (x2) for the minimum width of crate.
  3. Measure from Top of Head (or Ears if they stay erect) to the Ground.
  4. The kennel must be large enough that the animal can easily stand up, turn around, sit erect, and lie down in a natural position.
  5. Snub Nose/Brachycephalic Breeds require 1 size larger crate if using the Standard Sizes from Manufactures or an additional 10%. This is so they have the additional ventilation your Pet and the airline require.

Now that you know what goes outside and inside the crate, let’s find the right crate for you Dog or Cat.

For a full guide on how to choose the right crate See Pet Cargo Crate Requirements for Airlines-A COMPLETE Guide


How to Get Through TSA Security Check Point with Your Pet

Your pet must go through TSA Security. Some airports allow a private screening in a separate room so you can remove and replace your pet in a secure room.


You can either have your pet on a leash and walk them into the screener or carry your pet through.


Place your Bags, shoes first. Separate your pet food items and electronics in another bin.


Keep your lease/harness on the outside of the carrier. When you put your bags on the conveyor belt, you don’t want to scramble to get your leash.


TSA may ask you to remove their collar. Collars with metal such clasps or Rabies Tags will be detected, and you may be subject to additional pat-down or inspection.
A Velcro-type harness works well instead of a collar with metal.


Put the carrier on the x-ray conveyor belt first so, it is ready when you get through security, and you don’t have to wait to put your pet back in its carrier.


Even for Cats that you intend to carry through, have a harness/leash on them. If you are picked for screening, often TSA Agents may not easily let you place your pet back in the carrier before your pat-down.


Working Canines are regularly at Security Check Points. Keep a leash handy even if you intend to carry your pet through x-ray. Often, the presence of a working dog can scare or spook your pet.

Documents Needed for Moving or Flying with Pets Internationally

  • Microchip Certificate
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  • Health Certificate. For International Pet Travel, you may need more than 1 Health Certificate–Some transit countries require their own Certificates.
  • Rabies Titer Test results
  • Parasite Treatment certificate—Often Deworming
  • This is just a guide on what is required, please check the requirements for your specific airline and destination country at our page: Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates.

Can I Fly with a Pit Bull In Cabin 2022?

According to the TPG and Airfarewatchdog.com reader survey, the most popular reason travelers fly with a pet (40.7%) is because they can’t leave their pet at home. Moving to a new location came in second, with 27.4% of the vote. For 21.9% of travelers, it’s the need for emotional support.

And, for some of us cargo is not an option! We want or need to be able to fly with our PitBull In Cabin, on board with us.

Some airlines allow you to purchase an adjacent seat for Dogs, including Pitbulls, who are too large to fit under the seat in front of them.

You can purchase extra space on some airline and an extra seat on others.

Airlines such as JSX Airline, Chartered Air Travel with Pets, United Airlines, Alaska Air, JetBlue Airlines, WestJet Air, Elite Airways and Frenchbee Airlines. that allow you to purchase an adjacent seat makes them a much more a PitBull friendly airline.

Airlines that Allow Pit Bull Dogs In Cabin

Airlines That Allow You to Buy Extra Seat or Extra Space for a PitBull Breed Dog
PitBull on a Plane
Extra Seat or Extra Space
JSX Airlines
Cost: Regular Seat Fare
Medium and Large Dogs
In Cabin will Travel on
the Floor Space of Your Seat
Chartered Air Travel with Pets
Cost: Large Dog In Cabin: Average of 5k to 8k
You will have 1 luxury Human
seat plus one large dog or 1-2
small to medium sized dogs
United Airlines
Extra Seat Fare
+125 per Dog or Cat
One-Way
Your Pet May Sit on Your lap 2nd
Pet Must Remain
in a Carrier under the seat
in front of the extra Seat.
JetBlue
Extra Seat Fare
+$125 per Dog or Cat
One-Way
Your Pet & Carrier May Sit on Your Lap
If you Buy a Seat–Pet & Carrier Can
Be On the Seat
Alaska Air
Extra Seat Fare+$100
One Way
2 Carriers Allowed. Carriers & Pets
Must Remain in the Carrier under the
seat in front.
WestJet Airlines
You can buy Extra Space for a
“Working Dog”
Working Dogs are Allowed In Cabin
in the Foot Space of your Seat or Buy an Extra Seat
Frenchbee
International Flights for $65 each way Pet Fee
International flights: US to Canada, Pet Can Be in the Foot Space of the Seat & Not under the seat in front. International Flights for $65 each way
Elite AirwaysLarge Dogs are allowed on the floor in front of the window seat. You can purchase a seat for extra floor space
CompanionPetTravel.com: Chart of Airlines that Allow Pit Bull Dogs In Cabin On Board a Plane

For Details on each airlines see Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for My Dog?

Most airlines do not allow the Pit Bull to actually sit on the seat. Usually, to fly with a Pitbull or any large Dog, they must remain on the floor space of their human’s seat or the adjacent (empty) seat purchased by you.

Still, this is an opportunity to make flying with a Pit Bull easier. Pit Bulls, in addition to their loving nature, are naturally very strong and finding a carrier to travel in cargo is problematic.


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Airlines may not ban PitBull Breed Dogs from Airline Pet Travel

The Department of Transportation (DOT) of the United States issued a ruling prohibiting airlines from denying boarding to Dogs based on their breed.

This includes Pitbull breeds or other pitbull-type and mixed Pit Bull breed Dogs.

The ruling was part of the, then, growing issue regarding the widespread abuse of Emotional Support Animals (ESAs), and as of January 2021, airlines are no longer required to treat ESAs as Service Animals.

Nonetheless, in the same ruling, the DOT stated that airlines may not prohibit a Dog based solely on its Breed.

According to the ruling effective Jan 11th 2021, any breed of dog may accompany passengers on a plane.


Can an Airline Deny my Pit Bull to Fly?

Airlines cannot deny your Pit Bull to fly based on its breed, but can deny any Dog that is a threat to the safety of other travelers or airport workers.

Airlines may deny your Pet to Fly if they violate Safety Requirements set be each airline. This usually applies only to Dogs.

If your Pitbull is too big, too heavy, is ill-behaved (excessive barking, growling, jumping, lunging, nipping or biting) or appears unhealthy or unclean, the airline can deny you to board a plane at the gate or ticket counter.

Poorly behaved Pets is the primary reason ESAs (Emotional Support Animals) are now no longer given the same priority on planes as qualified Service Dogs.

ESACare

There are more reasons, but ill-behaved Dogs is the primary reason.

Your Dog must be well-socialized to be around people in crowded spaces. Airlines are allowed to observe your Pet in the Airport, particularly at the ticket counter and while waiting at the gate.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) of the United States recently issued a ruling prohibiting airlines from denying boarding to dogs based on their breed. This includes pitbulls or other pitbull-type breeds. 

According to the ruling effective Jan 11th 2021, any breed of dog may accompany passengers on a plane. 

See also, Pets in Airports: Everything You Need to Know


Can I Bring a Pitbull Dog Breed to England UK?

No. According to UK.gov England UK does not allow pit bull and pitbull mixed breeds including In the UK, it’s against the law to own or import/bring certain Breeds of Dog. These Breeds are:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro

See also, Dog Muzzles for Traveling: Why, How and Buyer’s Guide

Are Pit Bull Breed Dogs banned in Australia?

In Australia, there is a ban on aggressive dog breeds. Dogs that are bred specifically for fighting. These breeds include American Pit Bull Terriers (APBTs) and other Pitbull breeds. The intention of the ban is to protect other people and their Pets although the research and data is insufficient many countries still impose a ban.


Can you Bring a Pitbull to Europe (EU)?

Yes, you can bring a Pit Bull to Europe. When traveling to Europe, you must align your pitbull with the EU European regulations by getting an international standard microchip and making sure it’s up-to-date on its shots. This needs to happen at least 21 days and no more than 12 months before your trip.

France has restrictions on what they define as “dangerous breed” Dogs.

Category 1: Banned breeds in France

France has two classifications for dangerous dogs. Category 1 dogs are defined as attack dogs without pedigree papers. These dogs are considered dangerous, and the import of these breeds are prohibited in France. They are not allowed to be transported in the cabin or as cargo in an aeroplane to France.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in France, Category 1 attack dogs are defined by their morphology and physical affinity to the following breeds:

  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier (Pitbull Terrier)
  • Japanese Tosa Inu
  • Boerbull Mastiff

Buying and selling of these breeds are banned, and it is compulsory to desex these dog breeds in France. They must always be on a lead and muzzled in public, and they do not have access to public transport, public places and common areas in apartments.

Category 2: Restricted breeds in France

The dogs classified under this category are purebred or pedigreed guard dogs. These dogs are allowed to be imported into France with restrictions. Only dogs registered with a pedigree recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in France are allowed to be imported into the country. They are allowed to be transported on flights in the cargo hold of the aeroplane.

Category 2 breeds are:

  • Pedigree Tosa Inu
  • Pedigree Staffordshire Terrier
  • Pedigree American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Rottweiler (Pedigree and Non-pedigree)

Pet parents of these breeds must apply for a license. Pet parents must participate in a training course and prove that they are competent to handle the dog safely. Pet owners must also have insurance to protect against liability from dog attacks. The dog must be vaccinated and sterilised. They must be on a lead and muzzled at all times when out in public and on public transport.

Flying with Restricted Dog Breeds

Airlines restrict Dogs based on two issues: if they are brachycephalic or considered a “dangerous” breed such as a Pit Bull. In 2022, you have two choices for pet travel flying with a restricted breed: you can fly with your Dog on board the plane in cabin or your Dog can fly in Cargo.

However, there are exceptions, Lufthansa Airlines only allows Pit Bulls in the hold. PItbulls between 3 and 6 months can fly in cabin.

This article shows airlines that allow Pit Bulls in cabin. If you are flying with you Dog in Cargo or the Hold, ensure you have a proper IATA compliant crate.

Do airlines accept Pitbulls? Can PitBulls fly on airplanes?

In 2022, the airlines that accept PitBulls In Cabin are: JSX airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Elite Airways, WestJet, Chartered Air Travel with Pets and Frenchbee Airlines.

Can PitBulls fly on airplanes?

In 2022, you have 2 Options, You Dog is allowed In Cabin or they must fly IN THE HOLD in an IATA CR 82 crate.

These crates are a lot stronger than commercial plastic crates. In fact, most Pet Shippers make their own crates from wood or metal.

This is because these breeds have the strength and when stressed, determination, to chew their way out of plastic crates.

Because of this, CR 82 crates have become a requirement for flying Pit Bulls and other dog breeds on most airlines that will fly them.

This article above shows airlines that allow Pit Bulls in cabin.

If you are flying with you Dog in Cargo or the Hold, ensure you have a proper IATA compliant crate.

IATA stands for the International Air Transport Association. IATA is responsible for important industry policies and standards.  Most Pet Shippers and Airlines follow IATA requirements.

“Some rigid plastic containers may not be suitable for large dogs, or dogs that are aggressive. Specially constructed containers of hardwood, metal, plywood or similar material, with two secure door fasteners on each side, are acceptable.”

For Example, Lufthansa Airlines Pit Bulls and other “fighting” or strong breeds:

Special transport containers, which must comply with IATA regulations, are required for fighting dog breeds.

The container or crate must be constructed of wood, metal, synthetic materials, weld mesh or wire mesh.

Additional design principles regarding the frame, sides, floor, top and opening also apply.

No part of the crate may be made of plastic.

The opening must be made of heavy-duty wire mesh, metal or reinforced wood and must have a secure means of fastening that cannot be opened accidentally.

The container openings must be small enough to ensure that the animal cannot get any part of its body through them and the container must ensure protection against bites or scratches by the animal.

After years of collecting statistics on and incidents of dog bites, some dog breeds and their mixes have been classified as “dangerous” or “aggressive” by airlines.

IATA CR 82 pet crate requirements for “dangerous”, “aggressive”, “strong”, “flighting” Dogs:

Your dog’s crate must be measured properly, allowing your dog to stand up with head extended and turn around in the crate easily without touching the sides or top of the crate. Snub-nosed breeds such as Boxers will need additional room for extra ventilation.

Your Dog’s crate must allow for easy handling with a minimum of 2 inch (5 cm) thick forklift spacers on the sides that allow for lifting, whether manual or forklift.

Food and water containers must be provided and either attached to the door or fixed inside the crate with access for refilling by airline staff.

Your dog’s crate must have adequate ventilation on three sides (domestic flights) and 4 sides (international flights) which is not blocked in any way.

The ventilation openings should be 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and cover the top third of the sides and the entire back of the crate, spaced 4 inches apart. Openings must not allow any part of your dog to protrude from the crate.

The door of your Dog’s crate must be constructed of metal mesh and it must be escape-proof and include a lock that cannot be opened by your Dog.

No part of your Dog’s body can be able to protrude between the bars of the door–paws, lower jaw. A sliding piece of wood or metal with larger (4 inch – 10 cm) and smaller ventilation holes (1 inch – 2.5 cm) that can raise and lower should cover the door.

The frame of the crate must be solid wood or metal and all parts must be bolted or screwed. Additional metal bracing must be added if the weight of the crate and your dog will exceed 132 pounds (60 kg).

There can be nothing protruding on the inside of the crate (nails, screws, etc.) which could cause injury to your dog.

The crate must be extremely sturdy and rigid. It must be able to withstand freight damage. All joints must be secure and gnaw-proof.

The crate must be able to fit in the cargo door of the aircraft that serves your route. It is extremely important that you contact your airline to confirm that your dog’s CR 82 crate can fit through the cargo door of the aircraft that serves your route.


You can see that if your Pit Bull were to fly in cargo or in the hold, airlines often require the crate to be more especially stronger and therefore heavier and much more expensive.

Sometimes, this pushes the maximum weight beyond what is feasible for the Dog’s size–not to mention the fee. Being able to purchase the seat next to you is a step forward–even if your furry friend has to remain on the floor space. See, Airline that Allows All Large Dogs In Cabin

Now that you know there are airlines to fly you PitBull, check out Pets in Airports: Everything You Need to Know



Pet Friendly Ferry Boat Routes to England, Wales and Scotland

Pet Friendly Ferry Boat Routes allow you and your Pets to travel to the UK, England, Wales and Scotland by Sea from the Netherlands, Spain or Ireland

For Pet Travel Ferries from France to England UK, See all the routes and Ferry Boats in my full list here

You cannot fly your Dog, Cat or Ferret into England or the UK with a Pet In Cabin.

But, You can fly to the Netherlands, Spain and Ireland with a Pet In Cabin and take a Pet Friendly Ferry to England, Scotland or Wales.

Avoid the hassle of airports with your Pets, avoid the mandatory cargo requirement for Pets traveling to England by flying with your Pet In Cabin to France and take a Pet-Friendly Ferry to England.


Pet Friendly Ferry Boat Routes

FROM
Country and Port
TO
ENGLAND PORT
Pet Friendly Ferry Boat
Netherlands
Amsterdam (IJmuiden)
Newcastle upon TyneDFDS Seaways
Pet Friendly Private Cabins
Vehicles with Kennels
Netherlands
Hook of Holland
HarwichStena Line Ferry & Holland BV Ferry
(Stena subsidiary)
Foot Passengers, Vehicles and Pet friendly Private Cabins On Board
Netherlands
Rotterdam (Europort)
HullP&O Ferries
Vehicles
Pet Friendly Private Cabins
Spain
Bilbao
PortsmouthBrittany Ferries on the Salamanca
Pet Friendly Cabins
Kennels
Vehicles: No Pets allowed to Stay in Cars
Spain
Santander
PortsmouthBrittany Ferries
Pet Friendly Cabins
Kennels
Vehicles: No Pets allowed to Stay in Cars
Spain
Santander
PlymouthBrittany Ferries
Pet Friendly Cabins
Kennels
Vehicles: No Pets allowed to Stay in Cars
Ireland
Dublin
WalesIrish Ferry Dublin Swift
Foot Passenger 
Stena Line Foot Passengers
CompanionPetTravel.com: Pet Friendly Ferry Boat to England from Ireland, Spain, Netherlands and Falkland Islands

See also, Airlines that Allow Snub-Nose Dogs and Cats In Cabin in 2022


DFDS Seaways

DFDS Pet Friendly Ferry Boats Crossing Route Map
DFDS Pet Friendly Ferry Boats Crossing Route Map

As part of the DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), we provide safe transportation for your Pets onboard our ferries. You will have the opportunity to visit your Pets on longer crossings, as arranged by the onboard staff.

The Newcastle-Amsterdam and Copenhagen-Oslo crossings even boast pet-friendly cabins.


DFDS Pet Friendly Private Cabin
DFDS Pet Friendly Private Cabin

Kennels are available for$36 (£30) each way. Pets in kennels must be secured inside your vehicle. Alternatively, there are our 4-bed, sea view pet friendly cabins available for $36 (£30) per dog. Each can accommodate up to 2 medium sized dogs. These cabins are bookable by calling 0871 522 9955. Foot passengers travelling with dogs must book by calling the customer contact centre.


RELATED: What Size Pet Carrier Fits Under an Airline Seat?

Stena Line Pet Friendly Ferry Boat

Pet Travel by ferry between England and Holland in luxury and in style on the Stena Britannica and Stena Hollandica Superferries.

Harwich to the Hook of Holland is the most direct route to the Netherlands and Germany from the south of England.

Choose from 4 daily sailings with a crossing time from only 6 hours 30 minutes. Whether you’re travelling on our day or overnight sailings, our Pet Friendly private ensuite cabins offer a great private space for you to relax and unwind.

Stena Line Ferry for Pet Travel from Hook of Holland Netherlands to Harwich England Route Map
Stena Line Ferry for Pet Travel from Hook of Holland Netherlands to Harwich England Route Map

Two sailings are offered per day and, whether on a day or night sailing, there are Pet Friendly private en suite cabins with comfortable beds, TV and bathroom with shower are available.


See Also, 4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines 2022

Irish Ferries

Dublin Swift Pet Travel by Ferry Boat Dublin to Wales
Dublin Swift Pet Travel by Ferry Boat Dublin to Wales

Your Pets,Dog, Cat or Ferret have the option of either staying in the comfort of your car for the duration of the voyage, or being housed in the onboard kennels.

If you do choose to use a kennel it must be booked in advance.

When travelling with your pet / assistance animal, you must reserve them at time of booking.

Procedures for Pet Travel on Irish Ferries

Car passengers with Pets

  • Your pet must be taken on board the ship in your car and must remain either in your car or in the kennels provided by Irish Ferries for the duration of the voyage.
  • The kennels can be booked in advance and are free of charge.
  • Family pets are not allowed on the passenger decks at any time.


Foot-passengers with Pets

  • Pets (all dogs and cats) must be transported to and from the ferry in a secure, rigid and appropriate pet carrier/cage or crate (please bring your own).
  • The animal must be able to stand or lie down in comfort.
  • The owner of the animal must be able to carry the carrier/cage or crate from the terminal to the ship.
  • The carrier/ cage or crate will be accommodated in the kennel area on the car deck.
  • If you turn up at the port without an appropriate pet carrier/cage or crate you will not be allowed to bring your pet on board. There are no exceptions to this rule.

5. P&O Ferries

P&O Pet Friendly Ferry allows Pet Travel from Rotterdam Netherlands to England
P&O Pet Friendly Ferry allows Pet Travel from Rotterdam Netherlands to England

P&O Ferries from Rotterdam the Netherlands to England are very Pet Friendly.  Their Pet Travel policy for 2022 allows Dog and Cats on board. 

Pet Travel on P&O Ferries allows Cats and Dogs on board the ferry travelling in your vehicle, or in one of the limited, pre-booked kennels or Pet friendly cabins.

The Dog kennels and Pet friendly cabins are not available on every route, so foot passengers can only travel with Pets on certain P&O Ferries crossings.

Pets Allowed: Dogs and Cats

Automobile: Yes

Foot Passengers: Yes—reservations are required

Pet Friendly Cabins: Yes. Reservations are required because cabins are limited

Cost: $80-$190 USD


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Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries Allow Pet Travel On Board Boats Spain to England
Brittany Ferries Allow Pet Travel On Board Boats Spain to England

Sail with your Pet from Spain to England on Brittany Ferries’ Bilbao to Portsmouth ferry route.

Sailings operate twice a week with sailing durations of as little as 28 hours 30 mins. .

  • Two return sailings each week aboard Salamanca (28 hrs 30 mins to 31 hrs 45 mins)
  • Set sail at 14:00 on Tuesday and arrive in Portsmouth at 20:45 on Wednesday
  • Set sail at 15:00 on Saturday and arrive in Portsmouth at 18:30 on Sunday

Portsmouth is less than two hours’ drive to London.

1. Pet Travel On Board Salamanca Bilboa to Portsmouth



There are two ways that your pet can travel on board Salamanca – either in a Pet-friendly cabin or dogs may stay in a kennel.

They do not allow pets to stay in your car on this ship.

Your dog must be muzzled at all times, while in the port and on board, whenever outside of your vehicle or your pet’s accommodation. This includes whilst in the Pet exercise area.

2. Pet Travel On Board Ferry Santander to Portsmouth

Sail from Spain to England on Brittany Ferries’ Santander to Portsmouth ferry route.

There are sailings twice a week, taking around 28 to 31 hours on our Spanish-themed ships, Galicia, until November 2022 and Salamanca, from March 2023.

There are two ways that your pet can travel on board Galicia – either in a pet-friendly cabin or dogs may stay in a kennel. We’re sorry, we can’t allow pets to stay in your vehicle on this ship.

Your dog must be muzzled at all times, while in the port and on board,

3. Pet Travel On Board Ferry Santander to Plymouth

Take Brittany Ferries’ most direct route to Spain on our Plymouth to Santander ferry. Operating until November 2022 and from late March 2023, these twice weekly sailings take just over 20 hours aboard our flagship ferry, Pont-Aven.

Take your car and enjoy a relaxing start to your holiday with a day and night on board – it’s the easy, convenient way to get to Spain.

Two sailings a week departing on Sundays and Wednesdays

Travel from Plymouth to Santander in as little as 20 hours and 15 minutes.

When sailing from Spain, Pets must stay in a Pet-friendly cabin, or Dogs can stay in a kennel. Cats must stay in a pet-friendly cabin on all sailings from Spain.

Your dog must be muzzled at all times, while in the port and on board,

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What Documents are Necessary to Travel the Ferry with Pets EU to England UK?

  • 1.    Ferry Ticket for you and your Pet
  • 2.    Passport
  • 3.    Pet’s Passport or Endorsed Health Certificate (Pet Passport) 1 for EU Country and 1 for UK
  • 4.    Passenger Locator Form (required by UK to enter England)
  • 5.    Negative Covid Test (for some Ferries)

Documents Required: Ferries allow Pets that comply with the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), for services to and from France. You can find more information at UK.gov


Does My Pet Need a Tick or Tapeworm Treatment to Travel to  UK England?

Tick and tapeworm treatment is required for Dogs but is not required for cats and ferrets.

Dogs – Tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet between 24 and 120 hours before arrival into the UK. 

The passport must be signed, dated, stamped and include the date and time of treatment as well as the manufacturer and the name of the product used. 

If the Pet passport does not comply with this, we regret that we will not be able to carry the animal under the Pet Travel Scheme.

Cats & Ferrets – A Pet passport or third country certificate is required. Tick and tapeworm treatment is no longer needed.


Pet Passport & Government regulations for Pet Friendly Ferry Boat


EU pet passport rules apply throughout the European Union. All Dogs, Cats and Ferrets traveling between member states need an official recognised EU Pet Passport with veterinary endorsements certifying compliance with tests, treatments and vaccinations.

Your Pet’s Health Certificate endorsements must be dated (including expiry dates), stamped and signed by an authorised Veterinarian.

Ensure your Dog, Cat or Ferret is microchipped. I recommend the Standard ISO Pet microchip.
Have a valid EU pet passport OR an animal health certificate issued by a UK official vet. A health certificate is required before each entry into the EU. (Pet owners are advised to retain any GB-issued EU pet passport, as it may contain important information about vaccinations, treatments, etc.)
Ensure your Dog, Cat or Ferret is vaccinated against rabies – Pets must be at least 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated. Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
Have a tapeworm treatment (for dogs). Dogs travelling from, or returning from, Britain to Ireland will require treatment against tapeworm by a veterinarian 24 to 120 hours (1 to 5 days) before arrival in Ireland. If travelling with a passport issued in Ireland, this treatment may be entered into the pet passport by a UK vet.

See also, Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for My Dog?


What Documents Does My Pet Need to Travel to the UK and EU?

The UK has now left the European Union. If you are travelling with a dog, cat or ferret you will need either a UK issued EU Animal Health Certificate (AHC), or an EU Pet Passport that has been issued by a current EU country.

My Packing Checklist:

  • Travel documents for Me: Passport, Boarding Pass
  • My Pet’s Microchip certificate
  • My Pet’s Rabies vaccination certificate
  • My Pet’s Animal Health Certificate or EU Pet Passport
  • Proof of tapeworm treatment (if traveling to UK).  You can have the Test completed in France to comply with this requirement.
  • My Pet’s Booking confirmation email printed
  • My Pet’s fee (I try to bring enough cash just in case)
  • Muzzle for Dogs. Link to muzzle A muzzle is often require when in public spaces on the ferry and at the dock or shuttle.
  • Dog bed and blankets
  • Food, treats, travel bowls, poop bags, pee pads and medicine
  • If travelling with an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) you will also be required to have a record of your pet’s microchip and rabies vaccination certificate.

Will my Dog need a muzzle on the Ferry from EU to England?

Yes, most ferries require your Dog to be muzzled and on a lead in public areas, during check-in and during any transfers on board e.g. between the car decks and your pet-friendly cabin or kennels and between the pet-friendly cabin/kennel and the pet exercise area.

Some Ferries have muzzles to loan and some allow Dogs without muzzles if they are well-socialized.

How to Travel with a Dog from Paris to London England UK?

You can travel with a Dog from Paris to London England and the UK in two ways: 1. Pet Friendly Ferry Boat or 2. Drive through Eurotunnel with a Pet Taxi.

For Pet Travel from France to England on a Ferry: Dogs, Cats and Ferrets are allowed an travel in 3 ways:

  1. Pets remain in a vehicle
  2. Pets as Foot Passengers and in a Kennel
  3. Pets with You in Private Cabins

For Pet Travel from France to England UK see Pet Taxis from France to England

Travel with Pets by Ferry Boat or Taxi from France to England allows you to avoid your Pets having to fly in Cargo.

You can also travel with Dogs, Cats and Ferrets via Ferry to England from Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands. See Pet Friendly Ferry Boat Routes to England, Wales and Scotland

How to move with a Dog from US to England Uk


See Also, Dog Muzzles for Traveling: Why, How and Buyer’s Guide



10 Homemade Mosquito and Flea Repellents for your Dog

Make homemade, DIY natural, pet-friendly mosquito and flea repellents using these simple and often pantry-staple ingredients including Baking Soda, Vinegar, Dawn Dishwashing liquid, Listerine or essential oils insects hate such as lavender, peppermint and cinnamon oil. Here are 10 recipes:

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar Flea Spray

It seems like any DIY recipe at home requires baking soda and apple cider vinegar, right? But don’t question why these ingredients are so good just yet. For now, all you need to know is it’s an excellent flea spray for dogs. The vinegar repels the fleas, and the baking soda makes sure it sticks to your dog’s fur for longer. Here’s the recipe:

  • – 8 oz apple cider vinegar
  • 4 oz warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix well and put in a spray bottle. This is safe to use on your dog. Just be careful not to spray them in the eye and face area directly.


2. Lavender Essential Oil Flea Spray

Natural Herbs and Essential Oils for Mosquito Repellent for Dogs
Natural Herbs and Essential Oils for Mosquito Repellent for Dogs

Lavender smells amazing so your dog will smell great, but better yet, fleas don’t like the smell of lavender, so they’ll practically be running away from your dog. It’s a simple spray to make, just make sure you measure out the ingredients correctly to avoid it becoming too strong. Essential oils always need to be diluted to the correct level to stop them from being irritating to skin. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 oz lavender essential oil
  • 4 oz distilled water

Put in a spray bottle and spritz your dog daily to keep fleas away. But be aware that some dogs are allergic to lavender, so test this one first before using all over!


3. Listerine Flea Shampoo

Small Dog Bath using Cool water and mouthwash for Mosquito Repellent

Unfortunately, with the best will in the world sometimes fleas are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you should sit there and take it. Don’t spend ridiculous amounts of money on flea bath treatments to fix the problem either, there’s something you can do at home. As the name suggests, Listerine mouthwash works wonders.

  • Mix a little Cool Mint Listerine or other Mouthwash with your Dog’s shampoo
  • Bathe as normal

The ingredients in Listerine aren’t harmful to dogs, but they are to fleas. They also hate the smell of minty freshness, apparently. Who knew?



4. Lemon and Peppermint Essential Oils Mosquito Spray

On to our first mosquito spray now! This lemon and peppermint essential oils spray works wonders at keeping mosquitos away from your dog, so you no longer have to deal with those nasty bites all along your dog’s back! It’s simple to make too, and here’s how:

  • 1/2 oz of lemon essential oil
  • 1/2 oz of peppermint essential oil
  • 4 oz water

This light covering ought to be enough to keep mosquitos away, but if you decide to make more of the mixture, make sure you balance the quantities as they are here to protect your dog.


5. Cinnamon Oil Mosquito Spray

Mosquito Repellent for Dogs Using Cinnamon
Mosquito Repellent for Dogs Using Cinnamon

Another great mosquito and insect repellent is cinnamon oil. In fact, better than just repelling mosquitos, this oil is also capable of killing mosquito larvae, something that can very often be found nestled in your dog’s fur. This will keep mosquitos away and kill any of the larvae that’s snuck on board your dog. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 oz cinnamon oil
  • 4 oz distilled water
  • Mix the two and spritz your Dog daily.

6. Baking Soda and Salt Flea Powder

Baking Soda or sodium bicarbonate for a natural flea remedy
Baking Soda or sodium bicarbonate for a natural flea remedy

This is another hack for those who have been unlucky enough to get fleas in the house, despite your best efforts. Once fleas are in your home, you need to do more than just treat your dog.

Fleas breed everywhere, and they just love soft furnishings and your pet’s bed. But did you know that a baking soda and salt powder mix will take care of those persistent fleas for you? This is all you need:

  • Equal parts salt and baking soda
  • A vacuum

Simply mix large quantities of salt and baking powder and sprinkle all over the places your dog rests the most. Once done, leave for ten minutes and then vacuum up the powder.

You may need to do this a few times to make sure every last flea is gone!


7. Dawn Dish Soap Flea Spray

Nobody really knows why this concoction works so well at keeping fleas away from our dogs, but if it works, it works! It’s another simple one to make and you can use this on your pets and around your home too if you desire. This is everything you need:

  • 1 part Dawn dish soap
  • 1 part apple cider vinegar with mother enzyme (if you’re spraying on your dog, you can leave this out if you only plan to treat your home)
  • 2 parts warm water

Mix well and spray liberally. If you’re using on your dog, make sure you wash them after 30 minutes with dog shampoo and warm water.


8. Garlic Mosquito Repellent

Garlic is a Natural and Pet Friendly Mosquito Repellent
Garlic is a Natural and Pet Friendly Mosquito Repellent

Now this doesn’t require you to make any spray or powder, you just simply need to feed your dog some raw garlic. Sounds strange, doesn’t it?

But giving your dog a small amount of garlic each day before mosquito season kicks in really keeps those nasty little things away from your dog.

You should never give more than 2 cloves of garlic to your dog in a single day, and it’s advised that you only give 1/4 clove of garlic for every 10 pounds that your dog weighs – up to a maximum of two cloves.

Simply chop up the required amount and add it to your pet’s food once a day to keep mosquitos away.


9. Brewer’s Yeast Dog Treat Flea Biscuits

Brewer's Yeast Repels Fleas on Dogs
Brewer’s Yeast Repels Fleas on Dogs

Stay with us here, because these dog treats don’t take long for you to make yourself, and the odor of the brewer’s yeast and coconut oil really puts fleas off! Here’s how to make them:

  • 1 and 1/8 cups of melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of brewer’s yeast

Simply combine the two and pour into dog treat silicone molds. Place in the freezer to solidify and then allow your dog to eat these treats to keep the fleas at bay! You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 6 months – but they won’t last that long!


10. Lemon Lavender and Witch Hazel Flea Treatment

Witch hazel soothes flea bites and keeps them away too, so this spray works well against fleas on two counts.

Fleas also hate the smell of strong citrus scents such as lemon and they avoid the powerful scent of lavender too, so this is a bit of an overachiever when it comes to keeping fleas away from your dog. Here’s what you need:

  • Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dried Lavender
  • 2 tbsp Witch Hazel
  • 2 cups of Water

Mix all of them well and leave them to sit for a while before spritzing your dog with it and Voila, flea free dogs!

You already spend money on so many of these ingredients, there is little reason to spend more on fancy packaging and branding with preservatives and chemicals. They are so easy to mix up and store in bottles you have around the house. You can make a small batch and have no worries about shelf-life.

Pet Friendly Ferry France to England UK

Can I Take My Pet Dog or Cat on a Ferry France to England UK?

Yes.  Avoid the hassle of airports with your Pets, avoid the mandatory cargo requirement for Pets traveling to England by flying with your Pet In Cabin to France and take a Pet-Friendly Ferry to England.

Travel with Pets by Boat from France to England allows you to avoid your Pets having to fly in Cargo.

Ferry crossings with Pets from France to England UK allow Pet Travel in 3 ways:

  1. Pets remain in a vehicle
  2. Pets as Foot Passengers and in a Kennel
  3. Pets with You in Private Cabins

There are a few different options for traveling with your Pet by ferry from France to England UK. The most popular option is to travel with your Dog, Cat or Ferret in a car for the duration of the ferry crossing.

If you your traveling with your Pet by ferry in a vehicle you may still be able to visit your pet during the journey. 

You must have staff accompany you.  Still, some do not allow visits.(although exceptions will be made in an emergency).

Pet Friendly Ferries and Boats from France to England UK are:

  1. DFDS Seaways
  2. Brittany Ferries
  3. Condor Ferries
  4. Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
  5. P&O Ferries
  6. Irish Ferries

There are more options than just Pet travel in a car. On many Pet Friendly crossings, the Ferries have pet-friendly kennels, which enable you to visit your dog during the journey and take them to an exercise area or lounge. Some ferry companies also offer pet-friendly cabins, which mean you can bring your Dog, Cat or Ferrer on board with you and have a private space.

P&O Ferry from France to England is very Pet Friendly
P&O Ferry from France to England is very Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly Ferries from France to England UK

Pet Travel Ferry or BoatFoot Passenger/KennelPet Friendly
Private Cabin
DFDS SeawaysYes. Limited Kennels (Book in advance)
Travel in Car Allowed too
Yes. Up to 2 medium
sized Dogs & Sleeps
up to 4 people.
Brittany FerriesNo Foot Passengers.
Limited Kennels (Book in advance)
Travel in Car Allowed too
Yes. Up to 2 medium
sized Dogs. Pets must remain in Cabin.
Condor FerriesYes for Foot Passengers with Kennels
Travel in Car Allowed too
No
Isle of Man Steam
Packet Company
Yes for Foot Passengers
with Kennels (& allowed
on Deck)
Travel in Car Allowed too
Yes
P&O FerriesYes for Foot Passengers
with Kennels (& allowed
on Deck)
Travel in Car Allowed too
Yes
Irish FerriesDog, Cat or Ferret
Methods:
Car for the duration of the voyage, or onboard kennels
DFDS Seaways
P&O Ferries
No
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DFDS Ferry Bull Terrier Dog Ready to Sail
DFDS Ferry Bull Terrier Dog Ready to Sail

1. DFDS Seaways

Pets Allowed: Dogs, Cats and other Domesticated Pets including Ferrets.

Automobile Pet Travel:  Yes, you can travel with your Pet but they must remain in the vehicle. Pets need to be booked onto the ticket and this can only be done by contacting us.

You can leave your pet in a vehicle. As car decks are closed during the crossing it is important for you to agree time when you would be able to visit or walk your pet with Guest Service Center onboard.

Foot Passengers Pet Travel: On Dieppe – Newhaven route DFDS also offer kennels for foot passengers travelling with pets and you can visit them at the kennel during your crossing. 

There is limited availability so ensure you book yours in advance.

Pet Friendly Ferry Boat Cabins: YES.  Pet travel is easier than ever with a ferry crossing from Amsterdam-Newcastle.

Their Pet friendly cabins mean your Dog or Cat can stay in your cabin with you for the entire journey and the vinyl flooring makes them especially pet friendly.

They can accommodate up to 2 medium sized dogs and sleep up to 4 people.

If you’d like to take your Dog for a stroll out on deck, there are designated areas where you can stretch your legs. Just visit the Guest Services where you can obtain a pass to access the Dog friendly outdoor areas.

Cost: Pet fee is ($22-35USD) per Pet.

Documents Required for Pet Travel by Ferry Boat:

  1. Ferry Ticket
  2. Your Passport/Visa
  3. Pet’s EU Health Certificate (Pet Passport)
  4. Passenger Locator Form (required by UK to enter England)
  5. Negative Covid Test (on some ferries)

DFDS has one of the largest ferry networks in Europe, with routes operating to Denmark, Norway, the UK, mainland Europe and even the Baltic regions, including major cities such as Copenhagen, Oslo and Amsterdam.

Additional Information:

The Ferry Station has a cafeteria and vending machines (snacks and coffee),


DFDS Pet Friendly Ferry
DFDS Pet Friendly Ferry

Here’s a synopsis of the day from a recent traveler in 2022:

  • Route: Dieppe to Newhaven
  • 10:30 Check In
  • Security Checks luggage and scans each person with a detector wand.
  • Check In Counter:  Attendant asked for:
  • 1.    Ferry Ticket
  • 2.    Passport
  • 3.    Pet’s EU Health Certificate (Pet Passport)
  • 4.    Passenger Locator Form (required by UK to enter England)
  • 5.    Negative Covid Test
  • The attendant came around to scan Pet’s microchip.
  • We received our Boarding Pass
  • Loaded onto the Shuttle bus to get to the ferry
  • On board there is free wifi, café, duty-free shop, bar, tv, and arcade.  There are reclining chairs
  • On arrival: foot passengers disembark first to a shuttle.
  • An attendant will collect passports, scan and return.
  • Then off to small waiting area to collect luggage.
  • The train station is on the lot as the ferry station (5 minute walk).

2. Brittany Ferries


Brittany Ferry for Pet Travel France to England UK
Brittany Ferry for Pet Travel France to England UK

Brittany Ferries offers a convenient cross Channel ferries to France with Pets, with a wide choice of ferry crossings. Depart from Portsmouth, Plymouth or Poole and travel to Cherbourg, St Malo, Caen, Le Havre or Roscoff for a direct Channel crossing to France.

There are three ways that your Pet can travel on Brittany Ferries: in your car, in a kennel or in a Pet-Friendly Cabin.

The choices available depend on which ship and route that you travel on. We’ve outlined them here so you can find the sailing that’s right for you and your Pet.

Pets Allowed: Dogs, Cats and Ferrets

Automobile: Yes.  You can visit your Pet but, the visits are limited to one person per vehicle for a maximum of 15 minutes. Pets must stay inside the vehicle as the purpose of these visits is to check on their well-being only.

Kennels are available in two different sizes – large and small, on four of our ships – Bretagne, Galicia, Salamanca and Pont-Aven.

Pets in kennels are not allowed in any of the public areas but there is a Pet Friendly exercise area where they can play during the voyage.

Foot Passengers:  NO. You cannot travel with your Pet on the ferry if you are travelling as a foot passenger, nor if you are travelling with a bicycle or a motorcycle (except motorcycles with a sidecar).

Pet Friendly Cabins:  Yes. There are 5 ferries that allow Pet Travel and have Pet Friendly Cabins – Connemara, Galicia, Salamanca, Pont-Aven and Normandie, and are designed to comfortably accommodate a single pet. If you wish to take more than one pet, please contact them via email. Pets are not allowed in any of the public areas of the ship.

All pet-friendly cabins have these features: En-suite, Air-conditioned, Bunk-style beds, Laminate flooring for easier cleanup.

All the boats with Pet-friendly cabins have a Pet exercise area on board. Remember that your pet must be muzzled and on a lead when outside your cabin.

Routes: You can depart from Portsmouth, Plymouth or Poole and travel with your Pet to Cherbourg, St Malo, Caen, Le Havre or Roscoff


Brittany Ferry Pet Travel Routes
Brittany Ferry Pet Travel Routes

Cost:  Varies from $35USD to $65USD

Documents Required:

  1. Ferry Ticket
  2. Passport/Visa
  3. Pet’s EU Health Certificate (Pet Passport)
  4. Passenger Locator Form (required by UK to enter England)
  5. Negative Covid Test (on most routes).

3. Condor Ferries

Condor Ferry France to England are Pet Friendly
Condor Ferry France to England are Pet Friendly

If you are looking for an alternative Ferry route from France to England with your Dog or Cat than the congested Dover-to-Calais ferry path, try the North Brittany coast with a trip from Plymouth to charming Roscoff

Condor Ferries sails to Saint-Malo up to four times a week. When traveling with a Pet, you can choose: on foot with a Pet, traveling by car with a Pet.

Pets Allowed: Dogs and Cats

Automobile: Yes. If you’re travelling by car with your Pet they can stay in the car for the journey, but make sure you leave windows slightly open for fresh air, and also some water. We ask all travelers not to set their car alarms, so as not to upset any Pets traveling.

Visits to the car deck are allowed during your journey, but you’ll need to be accompanied by a member of the ship’s crew, and it is dependent on weather conditions.

Foot Passengers: Yes.  If you’re travelling on foot your Dog or Cat, your Pet will need to be in a crate or kennel that meets RSPCA requirements for Pet animals, which is located in a dedicated Pet area on the car deck.

Pet Friendly Cabins: None

Routes: You and your Pets can travel from Guernsey, to Poole or Portsmouth port onboard the high-speed ferry, the Condor Liberation from 3 hours. Or, you can travel onboard Commodore Clipper to Portsmouth port in 12 hours and 55 minutes overnight via Jersey.

Travelling from Jersey to the UK means you can either sail to Poole port onboard Condor Voyager in just over 4 hours, or you can sail to Portsmouth port onboard Commodore Clipper in 8 hours and 55 minutes.

If you’re travelling from St Malo to the UK, you’ll take the Condor Voyager via Jersey for your crossing to Poole, giving you a total sailing duration of 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Cost: The Pet Fee is about $15USD or £11 each way if travelling with a passenger on foot. There is no charge for pets travelling inside a vehicle.

Pets travelling in a vehicle are charged approximately $25USD or £20 each way from the UK or Channel Islands to St Malo, and vice versa.

Documents Required:

  1. Ferry Ticket
  2. Passport/Visa
  3. Pet’s EU Health Certificate (Pet Passport)
  4. Passenger Locator Form (required by UK to enter England)
  5. Negative Covid Test (on most routes)

4. Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ferry for Pets
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ferry for Pets

Dogs and Cats can travel on the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferries on board the Ben-my-Chree (Heysham to Isle of Man route).  You can travel in the Passenger/Dog Lounge, a private Dog Cabin or in a vehicle (travel in your car is free for Pets).

Pets Allowed: Dog and Cats

Automobile: Yes

Foot Passengers: Yes on some ferries.

Pet Friendly Cabins: Yes

There is a Pet lounge (Cost is 10 Pounds) and Pet cabins (book in advance is required).  Also, you and your Pet may exercise outside on the passenger deck.

Cost: The Pet Fee is about $15USD or £10.00 per Pet.


5. P&O Ferries

P&O Pet Friendly Ferry
P&O Pet Friendly Ferry

P&O Ferries from France to England are very Pet Friendly.  Their Pet Travel policy for 2022 allows Dog and Cats on board. 

Pets can also travel free of charge on Cairnryan – Larne crossings and on the Dover – Calais, and Hull – Rotterdam routes for a small fee.

P&O Ferries accepts Cats and Dogs on board the ferry travelling in your vehicle, or in one of the limited, pre-booked kennels or Pet friendly cabins.

The Dog kennels and Pet friendly cabins are not available on every route, so foot passengers can only travel with Pets on certain P&O Ferries crossings.

Pets Allowed: Dogs and Cats

Automobile: Yes

Foot Passengers: Yes—reservations are required

Pet Friendly Cabins: Yes. Reservations are required because cabins are limited

Route: Calais to Dover (and others in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland)

Cost: $80-$190 USD


P&O Ferry for Pets France to England
P&O Ferry for Pets France to England

6. Irish Ferries

Your Pets,Dog, Cat or Ferret have the option of either staying in the comfort of your car for the duration of the voyage, or being housed in the onboard kennels.

If you do choose to use a kennel it must be booked in advance.

When travelling with your pet / assistance animal, you must advise us at time of booking.

Pet Passport & Government regulations for Pet Friendly Ferry Boat


EU pet passport rules apply throughout the European Union. All Dogs, Cats and Ferrets travelling between member states need an official recognised EU Pet Passport with veterinary endorsements certifying compliance with tests, treatments and vaccinations.

Your Pet’s Health Certificate endorsements must be dated (including expiry dates), stamped and signed by an authorised Veterinarian.

Ensure your Dog, Cat or Ferret is microchipped. I recommend the Standard ISO Pet microchip.
Have a valid EU pet passport OR an animal health certificate issued by a UK official vet. A health certificate is required before each entry into the EU. (Pet owners are advised to retain any GB-issued EU pet passport, as it may contain important information about vaccinations, treatments, etc.)
Ensure your Dog, Cat or Ferret is vaccinated against rabies – Pets must be at least 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated. Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
Have a tapeworm treatment (for dogs). Dogs travelling from, or returning from, Britain to Ireland will require treatment against tapeworm by a veterinarian 24 to 120 hours (1 to 5 days) before arrival in Ireland. If travelling with a passport issued in Ireland, this treatment may be entered into the pet passport by a UK vet.


Does My Pet Need a Tick or Tapeworm Treatment to Travel to  UK England?

Tick and tapeworm treatment is required for Dogs but is not required for cats and ferrets.

Dogs – Tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet between 24 and 120 hours before arrival into the UK.  The passport must be signed, dated, stamped and include the date and time of treatment as well as the manufacturer and the name of the product used. 

If the Pet passport does not comply with this, we regret that we will not be able to carry t