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Cool Pet Travel Gear for the Stylish Dog

I travel full time—sometimes with my 2 Pets. Over the last 4 Years, I have tested a lot of travel gear from Pet carriers to pet bowls. These are the ones I love and stick with trip after trip, these Essential Pet accessories are the most versatile and reliable for my Cats and me.

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Mr. Peanut’s Gold Series Pet Carrier


Mr. Peanuts Gold Series Pet Carrier
Mr. Peanuts Gold Series Pet Carrier

  • Measures: 17″Lx10″H
  • Leakproof with a Washable Fleece Pad
  • Expandable so I Can Easily have Extra Space during a Layover or at the Hotel
  • 2 Doors and a Privacy Screen are handy
  • Comfortable for Dog or Cat up 20lbs
  • Weighs only 3.5lbs
  • Thin but Strong Steel Wire Frame allows Compression but Does Not Collapse like others
  • 5-Sided Ventilation is Airline & IATA Compliant

Very Few Pet Carriers have 5-Sided Ventilation, this one does! The removable wheels make managing carry on and bags much easier, the bottom is reinforced so, it is much more durable against scraping and sliding, Leakproof Bottom & has a luggage slats for fitting securely over my Carry-On Bag and safety leash are very handy too!


Pee Pads for Inside My Pet Carrier Plus Extra for at the Airport & Hotel

Pee Pads for Inside My Pet Carrier Plus Extra for at the Airport & Hotel
Pee Pads for Your Carrier, Hotel and Taxi

Our furry friends cannot always hold their bladder–nor should they have to! When flying with Pets, is not only uncomfortable but also unhealthy. So, if your Pet has to pee, you need to let them do their business.

I keep extra pads in my carry-on for time spent in the airport–especially for layovers and flight delays and at the hotel. 


Supet Pet 2 in 1 Water Dispenser with Drinking/Food Bowl

Supet Dog Water Bottle 2 in 1 Universal Pet Water Dispenser Portable Dog Travel Water Dispenser with Drinking/Food Bowl
2 In 1 Water Bottle and Food Bowl
Supet Dog Water Bottle 2 in 1 Universal Pet Water Dispenser Portable Dog Travel Water Dispenser with Drinking/Food Bowl, Healthy Pet Water Bottle for Dogs...

I love that this is a 2 in 1 Bottle for both food and water. It holds enough kibble for 1 Day. I measure the 3.4oz allowed by TSA. With the collapsible cup and 1 handed aeration, my Pets stay hydrated but the whole unit takes little space in my carry-on.


Zesty Paws Calming OraStix for Stress and Anxiety Relief with Hemp Melatonin & Chamomile

Zesty Paws Calming OraStix for Dogs - Dental Sticks for Stress and Anxiety Relief with Hemp Melatonin Chamomile

You have many options to calm your pet before and during travel. including crate training, noise acceptance, Comfort Items, Try Pheromones, CBD, OTC and Prescription Medication. These work for my Pet. Start Calming Treats a few weeks before your flight to find what works for your Dog or Cat.


YAODHAOD Dog Raincoat

Quick Dry Doggie Waterproof & Windproof Adjustable Rain Jacket with Reflective Stripe and Leash Hole. It has a Hooded Cloak & comes in 4 Sizes & 2 Colors

Outward Hound Dawson Swim Dog Life Jacket

Outward Hound Dawson Swim Green Dog Life Jacket, Dual Grab Handles make it easy to lift your Dog out of the water and provide easy access for a rescue and 5 Sizes

Delomo Pet Grooming Glove


Pet Grooming Gloves Delomo
Pet Grooming Gloves Delomo

Gentle Deshedding Brush Glove, Efficient Pet Hair Remover Mitt, Enhanced Five Finger Design – Perfect for Dog & Cat with Long & Short Fur. Works great in the Bath too.


Paw Lifestyles Kibble, Poop Bag, Toy Carrier


Paw Lifestyles Kibble Bag
Paw Lifestyles Kibble Bag

Choose to wear using the removable 48″ adjustable waistband, removable shoulder strap, or strong metal belt clip. Made of lightweight weatherproof nylon fabric that keeps your dog treats dry while on those fun early morning walks with your doggy.


You have so many choices and I have tried all these products (though some are slightly redesigned updates since my purchase. I love their versatility and most of these are under $30–well worth the space in your luggage.

Happy Travels,

Anne

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

Yes, you can buy a seat on an airplane for your Dog or Cat on JSX Airline, Chartered Air Travel with Pets, United Airlines, Alaska Air, JetBlue and WestJet. and Frenchbee, your Pet must remain in the footprint of the floor space adjacent to your seat. Commercial planes, your Pets must be in a carrier under the seat.

When You want to Buy a Seat for Extra Space on a Plane for Your Pets, you still have options.

If you still cannot find an airline that suits your route or other needs, here’s a list of Airlines that allow Dogs In-Cabin larger than the Standard for most commercial airlines.

Airlines that Allow You to Buy a Seat or Extra Space on a Plane for Your Pet


Airlines That Allow You to Buy Extra Seat or Extra Space
Pet on a Plane
Extra Seat or Extra Seat
JSX Airlines
Cost: Regular Seat Fare
Medium and Large Dogs
In Cabin will Travel on
the Floor Space Next to 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
Chart of Airlines that Allow You to Buy a Seat on a Plane for Your Dog or Cat

I have another chart of more airlines that fly larger Dogs In Cabin at the end of this article.

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

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

1. JSX Airlines

Your Pet Travel begins and ends at private terminals, so you and your large Dog bypass the usual hassle of airport traffic and crowded terminals. Getting through customs is easier with JSX too!

JXS Airlines Flying with Large Dog In-Cabin

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

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. … There are minimal lines, no putting stuff in bins and no taking shoes off.”

You can 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. See Flight Route Map Below.

See All my information for Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets


Pet travel JSX Airline Route Map for Flying with Pets Buy a seat on a plane for a dog
Flying with a Large Dogs In Cabin–JSX Airlines Flight Route Map

2. 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).
  • Cost to Fly with a Large Dog In Cabin: Average of 5k to 8k
  • 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, Can I Fly with 2 Pets In-Cabin?

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3. United Airlines

United Airlines allows with small Dogs, Cats and Rabbits In-Cabin. Pets must remain inside their pet carrier underneath the seat in front your seat You can buy the seat adjacent to yours and bring an additional carrier with another Dog, Cat or Rabbit. Only 1 adult cat or dog is allowed in each carrier. The fee for pets in the cabin is $125 each way on United Airlines flights.

See Also, Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets for all options to fly with your Dog or Cat.

4. Jet Blue Airlines

You may hold the carrier on your lap during the flight except for take off and landing. If you purchase an extra seat for your pet, the carrier may be placed on the additional purchased seat during the flight. This is better than flying with your Pet under the seat. You must purchase the extra seat at regular fare +$125 per Dog or Cat
One-Way.

5. Alaska Air

You Can travel with 2 Carriers and 2 Pets. Both Carriers and Pets Must Remain in the Carrier under the seats in front of them and cannot travel on the seat. There is no Weight Limit. You will have to buy the extra seat at regular fare, plus a +$100 pet fee each way.

See also, Flying with a Large Dog In Cabin in 2022

6. WestJet Airlines

WestJet is a Canadian Airline with routes to many cities in the US allows Dogs and Pets In Cabin.

WestJet offers a unique program, not offered by many air carriers.

WestJet allows Working Dogs to fly In Cabin and you can buy an adjacent seat if your Working Dog needs more space than your seat allows

What is a Working Dog. A Working Dog is not considered a Service Dog so this policy allows large Dog to fly In Cabin and with additional space.

  • Working dogs do not provide a service to a person with a disability or provide personal assistance to their handler.
  • Working dogs are trained to perform tasks at the direction of their handler. These tasks may include:
  • locating people or items (search, rescue, avalanche, or tracking dogs)
  • performing specific tasks for the military or police (detection, scout, sentry)
  • other highly specialized skills. Working dogs will be charged the pet in cabin fee, and if the specialty dog requires additional floor space to ensure its comfort and safety on board, an additional seat must be purchased (based on availability).

Please note:
WestJet offers this program, but this is not something offered by many air carriers. We strongly recommend that you confirm the policies for the acceptance of working dogs of our partner airlines or any other transportation service provider as their policies may be different from ours.
This program does not apply to WestJet Vacation package bookings.

7. Frenchbee Airlines

For International flights from US to Canada and US to France (LAX to Paris beginning April 2022), your Pet Can Be in the Foot Space of the Seat & Not under the seat in front. International Flights for $65 each way.

The Points Guy flew with a Dog and has this review: “Boarding was chaotic (although I’m hoping that will improve as the airline gets more flights under its belt), they didn’t serve dinner, the 3-4-3 seating configuration is pretty tight, there’s no TSA PreCheck and the Wi-Fi didn’t work on my flight. It isn’t my favorite way to travel (as seen by my purchases), but French Bee is an option for those wanting to go to Paris as cheaply as possible — especially if they manage to iron out the kinks.”

Cost Flat Pet Fee: $65 per trip, non-refundable. Snub Nose are NOT accepted—even in cabin


More Airlines that Fly Dogs In-Cabin

Airlines that Fly Larger Dogs IN CABINPets In Cabin, Aboard Details
Breeze Airways
Pet Fee: $75 Each Way
Mostly US Domestic Flights. Option if
you Need to Get West Coast to East
Coast
25 lbs Max Pet with Carrier
Max Carrier: 18″x13″x9”
Boutique AirMostly US Domestic Routes Small Airline
Accepts Lap-Sized Dogs and Cats On
Board

No Additional Charge for Your Pet
 JSX AirlinesYour Dog Can Weigh Up to 65 lbs.!
You Can Purchase the Seat Next to Your and Share the Footprint with Your Pet.
No having to Fit Under the Seat
Chartered Air Travel with PetsUS to Europe
$7K -$10K

No Crates or Carriers
First-Class at a more affordable price than Pet Transportation Companies
Eastern Air
Pet Fee: Free
Cats and Dogs with NO weight restrictions
Flys NY, Miami, Boston to Nicaragua, Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador
Pet must be at least 8 weeks old
iFly Air
Pet Fee: $30 to $150
“Generally about 20″x15″x10” and weighing less than 40 pounds”
La Compagnie
Pet Fee: 10% of Your Ticket
Dogs and Cats Up to 33 lbs!
No Carrier
VIP experience for Pet Travel
WestJet AirlinesUS to Central America & Europe
WestJet allows Working Dogs to fly In Cabin
& you buy an adjacent seat if your Working Dog needs more space than your seat space allows
Spirit AirlinesDogs, Cats & Household Birds United States
Up to 40 lbs/18 kg.
Domestic and flights to/from Puerto Rico
& St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
Table of airlines from table airlines that allow Dogs over 25lbs In-Cabin

Can I Purchase Extra Space on a Plane for a Pet?

Yes, these Airlines allow you to buy an extra seat, more space or allow your Pet to sit on your lap: JSX Airline, Chartered Air Travel with Pets, United Airlines, Alaska Air, JetBlue Airlines, WestJet Air. JXS Airlines and Frenchbee Airlines.

Airlines that let you buy an extra seat on a Plane for your Pet(s) are: JSX Airline, Shared Charter Flights with Pets, United Airlines, Alaska Air and JetBlue and Frenchbee. For JXS and Chartered Air Travel with Pets, your Pet must remain in the footprint of the floor space adjacent to your seat. For Commercial planes, your Pets must be in a carrier under the seat.

You can see all my information for Pet Travel Here: Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets

Flying Internationally with your Dog or Cat? Chartered Air Travel with Pets, JXS airlines and Frenchbee Airlines fly larger Dogs In Cabin Aboard their Aircraft.

Can an Airline Deny my Pet to Fly?

Airlines may deny your Pet to Fly if they violate Safety Requirements set be each airline. This usually applies to Dogs.

If the Dog 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. 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.

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 Also, Flying with a Large Dog In Cabin in 2022

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Flying Your Pet to England? Problems?Transit in France Instead!

Fly To France & Take a Ferry or Pet Taxi Instead! Options for Dogs In-Cabin 2022

Can I Fly with my Dog In-Cabin to England UK?

No. All Animals and Pets must fly in Cargo into England/UK but you have options: fly your Pet In Cabin to England UK through France. It is less expensive to fly to France and take a Pet Taxi or Ferry to England. England UK requires your Pet to travel in Cargo and you must hire a Pet Broker.

This is Why You Should Fly Your Pet to England UK through France

  • You cannot fly your Dog or Cat In-Cabin into England UK.
  • Flying your Dog or Cat to England can easily cost up to $5,000. Flying into France is much less expensive (even with the additional Health Certificate). For example: In January 2022, Air France cost per Pet was $400 per Pet Crate (any size) and $125 per Pet flying In-Cabin
  • You cannot pick up your Dog or Cat yourself. Flying into England with your Pet requires that you hire a Pet Broker at the airport=more money and longer wait.
  • Hiring the required Animal Receiver adds an additional cost to you
  • Hiring the required Animal Receiver adds hours to reuniting with your Pet after a long flight. Your Dog or Cat must clear customs through the Animal Reception Service.
  • Flying with your Pet through France is much faster–you can pick them up yourself or can fly In-Cabin.
  • Heathrow Airport in London is booked months in advance for Pets Flying into England.

If flying to England (UK) and having your Dog or Cat in cargo is not an option, you have alternatives!

You have another option to travel with your Pet to England/UK! You can book a flight into nearby France or Amsterdam, both allow Pets to fly in the cabin. Once you arrive, you have a few good options to travel to England:

Here are your 3 Best Options to Fly Your Dog to England In-Cabin:

  1. Fly with your Pet to France and Take a Pet Taxi to drive through the Eurotunnel, aka, The Chunnel, into England.
  2. Take a Ferry with your Pet from France to England or Amsterdam with or without a car. BEST OPTION–Faster and Less Expensive. 1 Ferry allows foot-and paw passengers (no car needed) and others have Pet Friendly Cabins.
  3. Rent a car or Drive Yourself and your Pets through the Eurotunnel into England.

Pet Friendly Ferry from France to England
Photo Courtesy of DFDS Ferry

PROS: Flying your Dog to France In-Cabin then Take a Pet Taxi or Ferry to England.

  • Less red-tape–Transit with your Dog, Cat or Ferret to France or Amsterdam and then on to England is easier and requires less paperwork.
  • HARC (Heathrow Animal Reception Service) is usually fully booked months in advance. E.g. In January 2022, HARC is booked through March.
  • Hiring a pet taxi from France or Amsterdam to England can be done online or with a phone call and there are many reputable Pet Taxis available.
  • You do not need to hire a receiver (agent) to receive your pet at Heathrow Pet Reception=no additional Agent/Receiver cost.
  • No threat of Pet Quarantine
  • And, you do not need an EU Pet Passport to transit through France or Amsterdam.  You just need your Dog’s Pet Health Certificate.

See All my Information for Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets

CONS: Flying your Dog to France In-Cabin then Take a Pet Taxi or Ferry to England.

  • This alternative to flying directly into England/UK will likely take longer–but only by a day or two.
  • If you choose to take the Ferry, it is a good idea to stay overnight in Paris or the area closer to your Ferry. It can be exhausting to fly for hours, get from the airport,(CDG), to the train and then to the Ferry.
  • You will need to coordinate a Pet Taxi or buy your Train or Ferry ticket to Calais or Dieppe.

1.  Hire a Pet Taxi from France to UK/England

Many affordable Pet Taxis are ready to book and drive you and your pets through the Eurotunnel (Chunnel) and deliver you to your destination in England.

Many affordable Pet Taxis are ready to book and drive you and your Pets from the airport or other location through the Eurotunnel (Chunnel) and deliver you to your destination in England.
From our Traveler Poll, the Best Pet Taxis from France to England are:

  • Most Pet transport taxis allow up to 5 Pets per vehicle.
  • Pet Taxis have different sizes of vehicles available from sedan to vans.
  • You can have the taxi for just you and your Pets or share with other riders and their Pets.
  • You can by phone and use Wise (TransferWise) or other method to make the payment online.
  • The trip takes approximately 6-7 hours.
  • If you need to travel further, many Pet Taxis specifically transport Dogs, Cats and Ferrets longer distances between France or Amsterdam and the UK, not just across the Channel.
  • The Pet Taxis collect You and your Pet (or just your Pet) directly from the airport or hotel, then transport your Pet to the UK and to nearly any location.

2.1. Pet Travel From France to England with a Car: FERRIES

On most ferries, your Dog, Cat or Ferret will stay in your car for the voyage. 

Some ferries offer kennel options.

Some ferries even have Pet-Friendly cabins for you and your Pets.

These ferries include (Brittany Ferry to St Malo, Bilbao and Santander, and DFDS Seaways between Newcastle and Amsterdam).

If you opt for your Pet to remain in your car, it’s best to choose one of the quicker ferry options, such as between Dover and Calais, particularly if traveling in the warmer months.

Your dog stays in your car along with you, and the actual crossing only takes 35 minutes. There is an additional charge of $30 per pet, in each direction.

At both Calais (France) and Folkestone (UK) you will need to report to the Pet Reception Center, prior to checking in. Make sure you allow additional time for this step. Here your dog’s paperwork will be checked.

For example, if you fly with your Pet into Paris, Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), you can buy a train ticket from the airport to the ferry station in Dieppe and then take the pet-friendly Ferry from Dieppe to England with or without a car.

See Also My How to Get Pet Passport from US to FRANCE

2.2 Pet Travel from France to UK/England with NO CAR: FERRIES

You can take the train or Pet Taxi to Dieppe, France and take the DFDS Ferry that lets you take your Pet on a Ferry without a Car.

You would fly into Paris, take the Pet-Friendly train or a Pet Taxi to Dieppe and then the DFDS Seaways Ferry.

Dieppe Ferry is in Newhaven.  The Ferry connects England with France.  Currently, the DFDS Seaways travels about 20 times a week and takes about 4 hours.

This is the only ferry between France and England that allows foot passengers to bring their Dog, Cat or Ferret, Cost: about $25 per Pet.

The voyage is about 4 hours (Dover to Dunkirk or Calais is shorter).

Pets are kept in kennels on the car deck for the entire journey. Pets must be carried on board in a pet carrier.


PET FRIENDLY FERRIES FROM FRANCE AND AMSTERDAM TO ENGLAND/UK

DFDS Ferries
Depart
Destination
Pet in Car
Kennel
No Car Required
Kennel Only
Pet Friendly Cabin
Dieppe France
to Newhaven England
YES
Your Pet will Remain
in their Kennel in the
Taxi or Your Car
$40 Per Kennel
YES
No Car Required
You can Travel on
Foot Without a Car
No
Dunkirk or
Calais France
to Dover
YES
$20 Per Pet
Per Kennel
Each Way
90 min.-2hrs
NoNo
Amsterdam to
Newcastle
YES
$40 Per Kennel
YESYES
Cabin
2 Med Sized Dogs
4 Ppl
4 Beds
$40 Per Pet
Chart of Pet Friendly Transport from France to England

Pet Friendly Ferry, France to England with DFDS Ferry Route Maps
Pet Friendly Ferry, France to England with DFDS Ferry Route Maps

See, Details at DFDS Ferries. Direct Phone: +33 232 145 239, Email: Dieppe.DutyOfficer@dfds.com

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

3. Drive Your Pet through the Eurotunnel with a Rented or Your Own Car to England

Your 3rd option if you have a car, (most convenient) is to drive you and your Pets through the Eurotunnel.

Unless you have your own car, renting is going to be the most expensive. Few rental companies allow a one-way rental to another country.

So, unless you intend to return the vehicle to France, it is less expensive to take a Pet Taxi or the Ferry.


Airlines that Fly Large Dogs In Cabin to Europe

Frenchbee Airlines, JSX Airlines, La Compagnie Airlines and Shared Charter Flights. See more information Flying with a Large Dog In Cabin in 2022


You must call to book– most ferries you cannot book online in 2022.

Cost to Take Your Pet on the Ferry from France or Amsterdam to England/UK:

Example of Actual Pet Friendly Ferry Cost in 2021: It costs about $100 for 1 person, 1 large Dog and a Cat to take the DFDS ferry from France to Newhaven, England.

Example of Actual Pet Friendly Ferry Cost in 2022: DFDS Seaways charges of $20-25 each way for each pet traveling onboard, with the exception of Service Dogs, which are carried free of charge. (In the EU, your Service Dog must be registered–not in the US) .

For Details on Pet Taxi and Costs of Pet Taxi Services from Actual Travelers Pet Taxis from France to England– Costs and Routes from Real Pet Travelers in 2022

Or, you can book a cabin. There are 4-bed, sea view, pet friendly cabins available for $41 per dog.

Each cabin can accommodate up to 2 medium sized dogs. These cabins are bookable by calling 0871 522 9955. Foot passengers–pets without a car– traveling with dogs must book by calling the customer contact center.

Your pet can stay with you in the pet friendly cabins for the entire journey which can accommodate up to 2 medium sized dogs and sleep up to 4 people and you can take the. 

Charles de Gaulle Airport is not very Pet Friendly. However, the best Pet Taxis drivers know there are rest areas on the way to the ferry or London–some have a Starbucks. Your pet may not make it that far so be sure to bring along pee pads for those accidents in the concourse.



Facebook Groups about Pet Travel to England UK Options:

Here are facebook groups that discuss and give detailed information and experiences on Pet Travel options to England:

  1. US Pets to UK via Chunnel & Alternate Routes
  2. Animal Travelers
  3. Chartered Air Travel With Pets

Pet Health Certificate, Immunizations and Deworming Treatment:

Pet Import Requirements to Bring Your Pet from US to UK. Your Pet must be/have:

  • Health Certificate for both France and UK. There is little difference between the two and a good Veterinarian will not charge double. Many viewers report that the only change on the Health Certificate was the country. Still, some less kind Vets will try to charge double. Cost for a Pet Health Certificate varies from $75 in Austin Texas to $300 in New York City.
  • Microchip. Your Pet’s Microchip must have all the current vaccinations or your Pet must be revaccinated.
  • Vaccination against Rabies. Not all microchips can be read everywhere in the World. to ensure your Pet’s microchip is compliant, the most widely accepted is the Universal 15 digit.. See my full article on Microchips for Pets-Everything You Need to Know for Travel
  • Deworming treatment for your Dog is Required for England (not France). You can have this done in France as it must be done within 5 days of entry to England.

A recommended Veterinarian in Paris for the Deworming and if you need the UK Health Certificate is: Clinique Veterinaire Saint-Germain at +33 143544001

Be prepared for your pet’s paperwork to be carefully checked when entering England UK. The UK is is very strict about Dogs entering the country, so make sure everything is in order.

England UK Pet Travel Deworming Treatment

Deworming (Parasite) Treatment is Required for your Pet to Enter England UK. The treatment must be added to the Health Certificate by a Vet–over-the-counter treatments are not acceptable.  The Treatment must be administered between 24 hours and 120 hours (5 days) before entering England UK.

The timing of the Deworming Treatment and Rabies is checked down to the hour.

If you do not have time to have an appointment in the US, you can make an appointment with a local vet in Paris or near the Ferry or Chunnel to have your Pet’s Deworming Treatment locally. 

The Vet can apply the treatment and document this on your UK Pet Health Certificate before you leave France.

I had the Health Certificate completed and endorsed by USDA 10 days before travel and then went back to the Veterinarian a few days before travel for deworming treatment which the Vet signed on the Endorsed Health Certificate.

If you fail to have your Pet treated within this time scale,they could be rejected or subject to quarantine.

The tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet and officially recorded in your pet’s UK pet passport. Over the counter treatments are not acceptable for the Health Certificate.

England UK Pet Health Certificate

If you are bringing your Pet to England UK from an unlisted country, your Pet requires a Rabies blood test (Titer Test). This test is proof that the vaccination is effective. 

Your Pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the Rabies vaccination.

Your vet sends the blood sample to an approved blood testing laboratory.

You wait 3 months from the date the blood sample was taken.

The vet sends you a copy of the test results to you. This is usually accomplished using Fed Ex or DHL overnight delivery.

Tip:  It is a long, exhausting day to fly with your Pet to France or Amsterdam, then find your Pet Taxi and drive 6-7 hours or take the Train and then the Ferry. 

Try to stay 1 overnight so you are refreshed and any delays are less likely to interrupt your transfers.

See Also my How to Get Pet Passport from US to FRANCE

FAQ Flying with Pets to England In-Cabin Options

How Can I Fly with My Dog from USA to UK in 2022?

You can fly with your Dog directly from US to UK if your Dog travels in Cargo, Meets the DERFA requirements as “fit to fly” including a Health Certificate, Microchip with all Current Vaccinations on the Microchip, Current Rabies Vaccination (3 Year Vaccination is not accepted), and Deworming Treatment.

If cargo is not an option, you can fly into France, Amsterdam or Ireland and take a Pet Taxi or Ferry to England.

Can I take a Boat or Cruise with My Dog from USA to UK/England in 2022?

The Cruise Ship, QE2 (Queen Elizabeth 2), is Pet-Friendly and sails from New York to England at a rate in 2022 of about $8k for 1 person and 1 pet in kennel.

Right now, I do not recommend this cruise for Pets because Cunard and their Queen Elizabeth 2 have been cancelling too many cruises during the pandemic and it is unreliable and not worth tying up your funds for 6 months or more.

Money is better spent flying into France and taking the Eurotunnel or the Ferry.

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.

Bottom Line: England UK does not allow Pets In Cabin to fly into England UK. But you have an even better option: Fly your Pet In-Cabin to Paris and take the Ferry or Taxi to England. Do you want more options for flying with your dog or cat to Europe? Try Can I Buy an Extra Seat on a Plane for My Dog or Cat in Cabin?

Next, How to Book Your Pet to Fly In Cabin

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Prepare a Pet Crate for Air Travel

What to Put in Your Pet’s Crate for Flying Cargo or Checked Baggage? These 11 items essential for a properly equipped Pet Crate for air travel in Cargo include: Pet Documents, Live Animal Stickers, Funnel, bowls, zip-ties & metal fasteners.

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. Your Pet Cargo Crate Must Have Copies of Travel Documents Attached

  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, Acclimation Certificate, Import/Export Certificate (if required).

I just buy clear plastic envelopes at the local Dollar store.  Also, you can use the USDA/APHIS approved form shown here. There is no set 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.


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

12.  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%.

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.
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Airlines that Fly 25lbs+ Dogs In Cabin

Airlines that allow Dogs 25lbs+ In-Cabin Aboard a Plane are La Compagnie Airlines, JSX Airlines, WestJet Air, Boutique Air, Eastern Air, iFly Air, Breeze Airlines, Spirit and Chartered Air Travel with Pets In-Cabin

What is a “Large” Dog for Airlines Aboard In-Cabin?

For Pet Travel the Standard Airlines Size and Weight for Pets In-Cabin flights is 17lbs/8kg with carrier.  Any Pet larger than this is considered “Large” or “Big” for flying with Dogs.


Airlines that Fly Dogs 25lbs+ IN CABINPets 25lbs+ In Cabin, Aboard Details
Breeze Airways
Pet Fee: $75 Each Way
Mostly US Domestic Flights. Option if
you Need to Get West Coast to East
Coast
25 lbs Max Pet with Carrier
Max Carrier: 18″x13″x9”
Boutique AirMostly US Domestic Routes Small Airline
Accepts Lap-Sized Dogs and Cats On
Board
No Additional Charge for Your Pet
 JSX AirlinesYour Dog Can Weigh Up to 65 lbs.!
You Can Purchase the Seat Next to Your and Share the Footprint with Your Pet.
No having to Fit Under the Seat
Chartered Air Travel with PetsUS to Europe
$7K -$10K

No Crates or Carriers
First-Class at a more affordable price than Pet Transportation Companies
Eastern Air
Pet Fee: Free
Cats and Dogs with NO weight restrictions
Flys NY, Miami, Boston to Nicaragua, Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador
Pet must be at least 8 weeks old
iFly Air
Pet Fee: $30 to $150
“Generally about 20″x15″x10” and weighing less than 40 pounds”
La Compagnie
Pet Fee: 10% of Your Ticket
Dogs and Cats Up to 33 lbs!
No Carrier
VIP experience for Pet Travel
WestJet AirlinesUS to Central America & Europe
WestJet allows Working Dogs to fly In Cabin
& you buy an adjacent seat if your Working Dog needs more space than your seat space allows
Spirit AirlinesDogs, Cats & Household Birds United States
Up to 40 lbs/18 kg.
Domestic and flights to/from Puerto Rico
& St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
Table of airlines from table airlines that allow Dogs over 25lbs In-Cabin

Related: Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets for all about the logistics of flying with Pets.

1. JSX Airlines

  • With some flexibility, you can fly with your Dog from Coast to Coast In Cabin
  • One additional seat can be purchased by the customer, and one medium or large Dog is permitted to occupy the floor space in front of an adjoining seat. 
  • JSX Airlines allow 25lbs+ Dogs to Fly In-Cabin.
  • You can purchase the Seat next to yours In-Cabin for your  Big Dog.
  • Your Dog is permitted to sit or lay on the floor directly in front of the seat.
  • You pay for the extra seat at regular price but, you will have twice the floor space for your Pet
  • And, have twice the seat space for you. 
  • Seat Price is the current available rate for both “Hop On” and “All In” fares.
  • Your Dog must be leashed (not in a carrier).
  • Your Dog Can Weigh Up To 65 lbs!
  • Your Dog must be well-behaved-duh!
  • Flying with a Dog, the Pet may only occupy the space in front of a window seat, and You must sit in the adjoining aisle seat of any row except for the bulkhead or emergency exit rows.
  • Seats together must be available at time of booking.
  • All rows have only 2 seats or 1 seat. You will not be sharing space with others in your row.

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

To purchase your seat and your Large Dog space, call direct Customer Support at (800) 435-9579.

Inform the Airport Services Concierge upon check-in if you are traveling with a pet that requires an adjoining seat.

I travel full time and sometimes with my 2 Cats: Sophie and Chihiro, See my favorite Pet Carriers–tried and recommended here, 4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines 2022


2. La Compagnie Airlines

  • La Compagnie –This airline allows Dogs OnBoard Up to 33 lbs! and Cats, too of course!
  • They have limited routes so, you would need to make some flexibility in your Pet travel arrangements. 
  • All the seats are Business Class. Cost: Fare is about 8k Your Pet’s Fare is 10% of your Ticket Price
  • Their Pet flights are from New York to Paris, Nice, Milan, Tel Aviv, Faro, Naples, Pisa, Toulouse, Rome.

For Example, if you fly to England, you cannot have a Pet In Cabin at all.  One option is to fly into Paris with your Dog or Cat In Cabin and take the Pet Friendly Ferry across the English Channel or a Pet Taxi through the Chunnel.  Many travelers report, this is actually less expensive than paying for the required pet receiver in London. See Flying Your Pet to England? Fly To France & Take a Ferry or Pet Taxi Instead! Options for Dogs In-Cabin 2022


3. WestJet

WestJet is a Canadian Airline with routes to many cities in the US, Central America and Europe (France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and The Netherlands).

  • WestJet offers a unique program, not offered by many air carriers.
  • WestJet allows Working Dogs to fly In Cabin and you can buy an adjacent seat if your Working Dog needs more space than your seat allows
  • What is a Working Dog. A Working Dog is not considered a Service Dog so this policy allows large Dog to fly In Cabin and with additional space.
  • What is a Working Dog. A Working Dog is not considered a Service Dog so this policy allows large Dog to fly In Cabin and with additional space.
  • Working dogs do not provide a service to a person with a disability or provide personal assistance to their handler.
  • Working dogs are trained to perform tasks at the direction of their handler. These tasks may include: locating people or items (search, rescue, avalanche, or tracking dogs)performing specific tasks for the military or police (detection, scout, sentry)other highly specialized skills. Working dogs will be charged the pet in cabin fee, and if the specialty dog requires additional floor space to ensure its comfort and safety on board, an additional seat must be purchased (based on availability).

Please note:
WestJet offers this program, but this is not something offered by many air carriers.


4. Boutique Air

  • Most of the Flights are US Domestic Routes
  • Smaller Airplanes and Small Airports
  • Accepts Lap-Sized Dogs and Cats OnBoard
  • Small/lap-sized animals are allowed on board in a soft-sided carrying case for carriage on the passenger’s lap for the duration of the flight.  
  • No additional charge for your Pet In-Cabin
  • Your Dog or Cat must remain in the carrier for the entire flight.
  • No animals are allowed to sit on a seat at any time.

5. Eastern Airlines

  • Pet Fee: Free
  • Cats and Dogs with NO weight restrictions
  • Flys NY, Miami, Boston to Nicaragua, Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador
  • Pet must be at least 8 weeks old
  • Each pet must be accompanied by a Passenger.
  • One Pet Per Pet Parent
  • Passengers All pets in the cabin must be carried in an appropriate pet carrier and remain in the carrier at all times
  • The carriers must be leakproof and well-ventilated, and your Pet must be able to stand up and move around the carrier with ease.
  • Did I Mention there is no pet carry-on fee? Pets fly FREE!

6. iFly Air

There’s not a lot of information on iFly Air’s website. Please contact them in their Facebook chat or email for details and routes. This we know:

  • Pet Fee: $30 to $150
  • “Generally about 20″x15″x10” and weighing less than 40 pounds”

7. Breeze Airlines

  • Pet Fee: $75 Each Way
  • Mostly US Domestic Flights. Option if
  • you Need to Get West Coast to East Coast
  • 25 lbs Max Pet with Carrier
  • Max Carrier: 18″x13″x9”

8. Chartered Air Travel with Pets

Flying with Dogs In-Cabin to Europe & UK is complicated if cargo is not possible or not your preference.

Chartered private jets are expensive and only possible for most of us unless we share with other travelers.

This FB group coordinates flights with other Pet Travelers for to fly with their Pets In-Cabin.

  • The group shares the cost of the shared private plane so, Large Dogs In-Cabin can be 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).
  • This seat includes one luxury human seat plus one large dog or 1-2 small to medium sized Pets.
  • Flights are designed for only 10-14 people—lots of space for all travelers.
  • Each flight is unique and the group on the flight will agree on the rules of the flight.      
  • Cost to Fly with a Large Dog In Cabin: Average of 5k to 8k
  • 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
  • Little Wait at the Airport and fast boarding
  • VIP experience for Pet Travel
  • Less Expensive than hiring a Pet Shipper
  • No Cargo or Checked Baggage for Your precious Pet.

Every Airlines has their own policies. Some are standard and apply to almost all Pet Travel. See, Extreme Temperature Restrictions for Pet on Airlines, How To Choose the Best Pet Carrier Size for Flying IN Cabin

Can I Take a 25lbs Dog on a Plane?

Yes! Airlines that allow Dogs 25lbs+ In-Cabin Aboard a Plane are La Compagnie Airlines, JSX Airlines, WestJet Air, Boutique Air, Eastern Air, iFly Air, Breeze Airlines and Spirit.


FAQ for Flying with Dogs:

Do They Weigh Your 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.

How do I Fly with my Dog too Big For a Carrier?

You can fly your Big Dog with JSX Airlines, La Compagnie, WestJet Air and Shared Charter Flights In-Cabin and some allow you to buy a seat floor space for your large, too big Dog.

What happens if a Dog is Too Big to Fit under an Airplane Seat?

Big Dogs can fly on a plane seat floor space with JSX Airlines, WestJet Air and Shared Charter Flights In-Cabin and they will not have to fit under the seat. If these Airlines are not on your route, you will have to fly with a Dog in Cargo or Checked Baggage.

Will My Dog be Cold or Hot in Cargo or Checked Baggage?

Rarely! Flying with Dogs in Cargo, they are in a climate-controlled space.  The pilot’s manifest (list of who is on the plane) monitors and has control of the temperature in Cargo. 

Your Dog will not be colder or hotter than the In- Cabin temperature. Also, airlines implement temperature embargoes and when there are extreme temperatures at the airport, you will be notified and may have to change your flight departure.

The airline will not board a pet if the temperature at the origin or destination is too hot or too cold. These embargoes are in place for the safety of your pet.See All About Extreme Temperatures at Airports and Flying with Dogs HERE

How Big is too Big for a Dog on a Plane?

The Standard for Pets In-Cabin on Airlines is 17lbs/8kg with carrier. Airlines that allow Big Dogs In-Cabin are: La Compagnie Airlines, JSX Airlines, WestJet Air and Shared Charter Flights

Remember, each aircraft can only carry a certain number of Pets on board so, you need to book your pet separately from your ticket and contact the airline to ensure there is space for your Pet.

How will your Dog get through the Airport? See all Pets in Airports: Everything You Need to Know

What Airlines Fly Dogs 25lbs+ In-Cabin

8 Airlines that Fly 25lbs+ Dogs aboard are: La Compagnie Airlines, JSX Airlines, WestJet Air, Boutique Air, Eastern Air, iFly Air, Breeze Airlines and Shared Charter Flights.

Can an Airline Deny my Pet to Fly?

Airlines may deny your Pet to Fly if they violate Safety Requirements set be each airline. This usually applies to Dogs.

If the Dog 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. 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.


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.
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Flying a Large Dog In Cabin 2022

10 Airlines that allow Large Dogs In Cabin in 2022: JSX Airlines, La Compagnie Airlines, Chartered Air Travel with Pets, and WestJet Airlines and more!

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.

When your Dog is larger than the standard size or weight allowed by Airlines In-Cabin Here are Airlines that fly larger Dogs aboard their plane.

Airlines That Allow Large Dogs to Fly In Cabin

1. JSX Airlines

JSX permits flying with a large Dog In Cabin. Large Dogs to fly with In-Cabin. You can purchase the seat next to yours for your Pet. Your Dog is then permitted to sit or lay on the floor directly in front of the seat. They may not occupy the actual seat or sit on your lap.

You will pay for the extra seat but, you will have twice the floor space for your Pet, and you will have twice the seat space for you. 

Requirements for Pet Travel with your Medium or Large Dogs In Cabin:

  • One additional seat can be purchased by the customer, and one medium or large Dog is permitted to occupy the floor space in front of an adjoining seat. 
  • Seat Price is the current available rate for both “Hop On” and “All In” fares.
  • Your Dog must be leashed at all times.
  • Your Dog must weigh 65 lbs. or less.
  • Your Dog must be well-behaved.
  • When flying, your Dog may only occupy the space in front of the window seat, and the owner must sit in the adjoining aisle seat of any row except for the bulkhead or emergency exit rows.
  • Seats together must be available at time of booking.
  • All rows have only 2 seats or 1 seat. You will not be sharing space with others in your row.

Airline Routes for Flying with Large Dogs In Cabin: Image belongs to JSX Airlines

To purchase your seat for you and your medium or large dog’s space, call direct Customer Support at (800) 435-9579. Please inform the Airport Services Concierge upon check-in if you are traveling with a pet that requires an adjoining seat. JSX Airlines Flying with a Large Dog In-Cabin Pet Policy

See My Flying Your Pet to England UK? (Options for Dogs In-Cabin 2022)!

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

2. La Compagnie Airlines

La Compagnie –Another option-La Compagnie Airlines is a great alternative to the 8kg/18lbs pet weight limit on most airlines. This airline allows Dogs Up to 33 lbs! and Cats, too of course! They have limited routes so, you would need to make some flexibility in your Pet travel arrangements.

All the seats are Business Class. Cost: Fare is about 8k Your Pet’s Fare is 10% of your Ticket Price

Their Pet flights are from New York to Paris, Nice, Milan, Tel Aviv, Faro, Naples, Pisa, Toulouse, Rome.

For Example, if you fly to England, you cannot have a Pet In Cabin at all. One option is to fly into Paris with your Dog or Cat In Cabin and take the Pet Friendly Ferry across the English Channel or a Pet Taxi through the Chunnel. Many travelers report, this is actually less expensive than paying for the required pet receiver in London. See Flying Your Pet to England UK? (Options for Dogs In-Cabin 2022)!

See Complete Guides on how to get Pet Passport and Endorsed Health Certificates on my Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates


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 brings together Pet parents who have the same destination and want to fly with their pet In Cabin. Pet Travel costs are expensive. With Chartered 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).
  • Cost to Fly with a Large Dog In Cabin: Average of 5k to 8k
  • Your seat will usually include one luxury human seat plus one large dog OVER 40lbs or 1-2 small to medium sized dogs or 2 cats 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.
JXS Airlines Flying with Large Dogs In-Cabin: Image: JSX Airlines and The Points Guy

See More at: Chartered Air Travel with Pets


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4. WestJet

WestJet is a Canadian Airline with routes to many cities in the US, Central America and Europe (France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and The Netherlands).

WestJet offers a unique program, not offered by many air carriers.

WestJet allows Working Dogs to fly In Cabin and you can buy an adjacent seat if your Working Dog needs more space than your seat allows

What is a Working Dog. A Working Dog is not considered a Service Dog so this policy allows large Dog to fly In Cabin and with additional space.

  • Working dogs do not provide a service to a person with a disability or provide personal assistance to their handler.
  • Working dogs are trained to perform tasks at the direction of their handler. These tasks may include:
  • locating people or items (search, rescue, avalanche, or tracking dogs)
  • performing specific tasks for the military or police (detection, scout, sentry)
  • other highly specialized skills. Working dogs will be charged the pet in cabin fee, and if the specialty dog requires additional floor space to ensure its comfort and safety on board, an additional seat must be purchased (based on availability).

See Also,Can I Buy my Pet an Extra Seat or Extra Space on a Plane?

Please note:
WestJet offers this program, but this is not something offered by many air carriers. We strongly recommend that you confirm the policies for the acceptance of working dogs of our partner airlines or any other transportation service provider as their policies may be different from ours.
This program does not apply to WestJet Vacation package bookings.

You can see all my information for Pet Travel Here: Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets


Airlines that Fly Dogs Larger than 17lbs In Cabin Aboard

Here’s a list of other airlines that fly Dogs larger than the Airline standard for Onboard, In Cabin of 8kg or 17 lbs. Pet travel with a larger dog in cabin requires more flexibility than traveling with just humans.  These airlines fly large Dogs Domestic and Internationally 

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

Airlines that Fly Larger Dogs IN CABINPets In Cabin, Aboard Details
Breeze Airways
Pet Fee: $75 Each Way
Mostly US Domestic Flights. Option if
you Need to Get West Coast to East
Coast
25 lbs Max Pet with Carrier
Max Carrier: 18″x13″x9”
Boutique AirMostly US Domestic Routes Small Airline
Accepts Lap-Sized Dogs and Cats On
Board
No Additional Charge for Your Pet
 VoeGOL Airlines
Pet Fee:
$55 Domestic (Brasil)
$125 International
22lbs/10kg
Max Carrier Size: 17”x13”x9.5 43x32x 24cm   
Avianca Airlines
Pet Fee: $160-$220
Max: 22lbs/10kg with Carrier
Eastern Air
Pet Fee: Free
Cats and Dogs with NO weight restrictions
Flys NY, Miami, Boston to Nicaragua, Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador
Pet must be at least 8 weeks old
iFly Air
Pet Fee: $30 to $150
“Generally about 20″x15″x10” and weighing less than 40 pounds”
La Compagnie
Pet Fee: 10% of Your Ticket
Dogs and Cats Up to 33 lbs!
No Carrier
VIP experience for Pet Travel
Table of Airlines that Fly Dogs Larger than 17lbs IN CABIN

Related: Airlines that allow Dogs 40lbs+ In-Cabin

Can I Take a 25 lb Dog In Cabin OnBoard a Plane?

Yes, you can fly big dogs in cabin with these 8 Airlines that Fly 25lbs+ Dogs aboard are: La Compagnie Airlines, JSX Airlines, WestJet Air, Boutique Air, Eastern Air, iFly Air, Breeze Airlines and Shared Charter Flights. . All these airlines will accept a 25 lb and even larger Dogs In Cabin.

Remember, each aircraft can only carry a certain number of Pets on board so, you need to book your pet separately from your ticket and contact the airline to ensure there is space for your Pet.

Flying with a Larger Dog In Cabin Internationally?

Pet travel with a larger dog in cabin requires more flexibility than traveling with just humans.  Six airlines fly large Dogs Internationally. 6 airlines are: JSX, LaCompagnie, WestJet, Shared Charter Travel with Pets, American and Spirit Airlines.

Airline Travel with Pets: Booking Your Flight

All airlines limit the number of Pets on each aircraft. The average is 2-6 Pets on each plane. Booking your pet with the airline takes an additional step.

Whether you book your flight directly with the airline or an OTA (Online Travel Agent) such as Skyscanner, Agoda, Kayak, always call the airlines (I know, it takes forever), to confirm your Pet’s booking to ensure you have one of those few coveted spaces for a Pet onboard. See more important information about Booking Your Pet In-Cabin HERE

Airlines that Allow Large Dogs IN CABIN

  1. JSX Airlines
  2. La Compagnie Airlines,
  3. Chartered Air Travel with Pets,
  4. WestJet Airlines
  5. iFly Airlines
  6. Boutique Airlines

What is a Large Dog for Airline Pet Travel?

Any Dog that fits under the seat on an airplane IS NOT A LARGE DOG. The airline standard for pet carriers IN CABIN is 17″x11″x11″. You can fly with a large Dog in cabin. There aren’t many but, CompanionPetTravel.com lists the actual airlines that fly large dogs in cabin.

Website such as Dogstravelguide tell you that United Airlines flies Large Dogs In Cabin and the qualifies that with so long as they fit under the seat in a carrier that measures no larger than 17″x11″x11″ or 44cmx28x28cm. It’s a lie.

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.

The airline standard weight for Dogs in cabin is 8kg or 17 pounds. Airlines that allow larger Dogs aboard in the main cabin for 2022 are: JSX Airlines for Domestic Pet Travel in the US and Chartered Air Travel with Pets, La Compagnie Airlines and WestJet Airlines for International flights from US to Canada & Europe.

So, if your Dog is too big to fit in a carrier In-Cabin, for the price of the seat next to you, you can bring your Large Dog, leashed, onboard the plane. Your dog can share the floor space of two seats and you can have use of two seats on Chartered Air Travel with Pets, JSX Airlines and WestJet.

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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 worldwide. 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.

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?

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. 

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 Flying with a Large Dog In Cabin in 2022 . 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.

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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2022 Flying with Pet Updates

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


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.

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Pet Taxis from France to England– Costs and Routes from Real Pet Travelers in 2022

Pet Taxis from France to England through the Eurotunnel average Cost is $1,800usd including the Pet Taxi, Eurotunnel Fare, Pet Fee and Luggage between Calais & Folkstone or Paris & London and the drive is approximately 6 to 7 hours.

We contacted Pet Taxi services in Paris and included reviews by Pet Parents from US to UK via Chunnel & Alternate Route Facebook groups in 2022.

These are the 5 that are rated the highest for timeliness, help with Health Certificate and other documents, cleanliness and for being Pet Friendly. Here’s the results:

5 Pet Taxis from France to England via Eurotunnel


Pet Taxi from Paris to EnglandExamples
of Actual Costs
Happy Saluki Pet Taxi
Paris to Wickenham-All Inclusive $1,400usd
Folkstone Pet Taxi
1. Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Folkstone Train Station $1707usd
Pet Caren and Kennel, 1 Pet, and 2 Humans, 1 Suitcase each, Eurotunnel fare.
2. “We were quoted 975 USD for CDG to central London. In the end we had to fly from Brussels to central London and it was 1154 USD including eurotunnel ticket for 1 human and 1 large dog and large crate.”
T2Transfer
CDG to London, $1462, All Inclusive and Early Pick Up
Jane’s Euro Pet Taxi
link is not working. I will update when there is a new link.
Paris to London, $1672, All Inclusive-No Luggage Limit
Paris to Glasgow, $2375, All Inclusive-No Luggage Limit
CDG to Folkstone, $1672, All Inclusive-No Luggage Limit
PetMoves
CDG to London, $2,332 All Inclusive Up to 5 Passengers(Pets & Humans)
CDG to Folkstone Train Station, $1532 All Inclusive
Paris to Oxford $2,791 All Inclusive
EasyPetTaxiRates Starting from $850, Door-to-Door Service France to England or England to France. Online Quotes for your Convenience are available
Chart of 6 Pet Friendly Taxis from Paris to England via Eurotunnel (Chunnel)

For MORE Options to travel to England with Pets through France—such as on Pet Friendly Ferries see Flying Your Pet to England? Problems?Transit in France Instead!

Why fly with my Pet to France Instead of Direct to England?

  1. Due to the UK’s strict and specific regulations, flying direct to London with a pet is a complicated process. For a start, your pet would have to go in Cargo, whatever their size.
  2. In many cases, they would have to wait for several hours after landing before you would be allowed to collect them at the mandatory Animal Reception Center (ARC). So, you’d be apart for much longer than you should be.
  3. Appointments for the mandatory ARC are booked months in advance.
  4. You are required to pay a Pet Receiver/Agent to present the health certificate and deliver your Dog or Cat to you—for an extra charge!
  5. Your pet could easily end up being stuck in a cage for many hours, with no breaks.
  6. When you fly to France rather than direct to London, smaller pets can usually travel with you in the cabin. Larger dogs may need to go in cargo. However, they will still board at the same time as you and exit the airport with you.
  7. As a result, your pet will spend less time apart from you, which is much less stressful for them.As an added bonus,
  8. Pet Taxi service is often more cost-effective than flying direct to England.
  9. The driver will handle the necessary document check at the France and England borders for you.
  10. And you get to see some of the beautiful French countryside from the comfort of a chauffeur driven car.

You can fly your larger dog from the US to Europe. See Flying a Large Dog In Cabin 2022 or Airlines that Fly 25lbs+ Dogs In Cabin

Factors that Determine the Cost of a Pet Taxi from Paris to London:

  • Traffic If you choose a busy time of day and there is a lot of traffic, the fare will cost more. How many breaks you  choose to take and for how long can also be a factor, though breaks are common, expected and factored into most Pet Taxi services’ fares.

  • Distance. From Paris International Airport (Charles de Gaulle) to Folkstone England is between 6 and 7 hours. If you choose another location for pick up and drop off, the service will calculate your fare again.

  • Time Delays that often include when a Pet Parent has issues with the documents needed to transit the Dog or Cat from France to England

  • Size of the Vehicle you need.  Pet Taxi services have sedans, minibus and multi-seat shuttles where you can save money by sharing the ride with other pet parents

  • Peak Times You can stop as often as you and your pets need. Many people choose to stay overnight in Paris or nearby and leave early the day to avoid stress and traffic.

  • The Number of Pets, How Many Pieces of Luggage and Whether you Share a Ride with other Pet Travelers and Booking Less than 7 Days in Advance

Instead of flying to Heathrow in London England, where your companion Pet will be stressed and scared in the mandatory cargo, you can fly to France and take a Pet Taxi or Ferry.

This means that your Dog or Cat can travel with you In Cabin to France, the Taxi service you select will meet you at the airport and chauffeur you, your pet and luggage to England via the Eurotunnel.

For MORE Options to travel to England with Pets through France—such as on Pet Friendly Ferries see Flying Your Pet to England through France? (Options for Dogs In-Cabin 2022)!

How Much is a Pet Taxi from Paris to London?

Pet Taxis from Paris France to London England via the Eurotunnel (Chunnel) allow Dogs, Cats and Ferrets. 

The average Cost is $1,800usd including the Pet Taxi, Eurotunnel Fare, Pet Fee and Luggage between Calais & Folkstone or Paris & London and the drive is approximately 6 to 7 hours.

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.

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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.

You May be Interested In How To Crate Train Your Pet for Air Travel

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

How Much Do Pet Health Certificates Cost?–with Prices from Real Travelers 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 Internationally through countries. Actual Costs of Pet Health Certificate from Travelers:


  • New York City  “I paid $350 for a USDA certified health certificate in New York a week ago with my local vet”. “I paid around 700 for both certificates in NYC”
  • Smaller Town Traveler reports: “I paid $75 for my dog in October small town”
  • Atlanta “My vet in Atlanta charged $260/certificate. My parent’s vet outside of the city charged $60/pet.
  • Boston: “Mine for one cat was $400 ($200 for each International Certificate) plus additional for mailing. It was also in downtown Boston”
  • British Columbia CA “My vet is charging us $20 CAD for each certificate in BC”
  • Los Angeles:  “$185 for certificate + $70 for vet evaluation”
  • Austin Texas:  “My health certificate for one dog cost $75 plus the $38 [USDA] endorsement fee”
  • Colorado: $403 total. Colorado State University Veterinary Hospital. The USDA portion of the fee for the International Pet Health Certificate to South Korea was $323. The Rabies Titer Test cost $214. This is in addition to the pre-paid FedEx label to expedite the Certificate back to him.
  • Dripping Springs Texas: Health Certificate was $180 for the Veterinarian Fee.

RELATED: Flying with a Large Dog In Cabin in 2022 for Airlines that fly Dogs larger than the standard 8kg/17lbs.

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


What is the Cost to the USDA/APHIS for a Health Certificate and Rabies Titer Test?

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 Also all my articles on Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets

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


How Long Does it Take to Get a Pet 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 between1-3 Business days to process.

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.

How to Get Your International Pet Health Certificate Faster

You can choose ANY USDA Veterinarian. You do not have to choose the one close to you, your home or your Veterinarian.

Many Pet Parents have to drive to another city to catch their International Flight.

If you are driving to another city after your Vet appointment to catch your flight you can have your Vet upload the documents into the VEHCS system to ANY Vet close to your departure.

TIP:  Consider having your certificate sent to your Veterinarian or other business.  FedEx, DHL and USPS prioritize business deliveries over residential deliveries. 

Having the certificate sent to a business can save a day or two.  Given that your certificate must be issued within 10 days of arrival to your destination, one day even hours can make the difference and relieve stress.

For all the detailed information you need for the specific country you are traveling to see my Step-by-Step guide at Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates,

The costs breakdown charged by USDA/APHIS are Cost to Endorse Your Pet’s Health Certificate

How Long are Pet Health Certificates Valid for? 

Most countries allow for each Pet Health Certificate to be valid for entry within 10 days of the date of issue.  

The Certificate is usually valid for 4 months from the date of issue.

You can visit your Veterinarian up to about 30 days in advance of travel and have your Vet wait until the week before your Pet Travel to submit the Pet Health Certificate to USDA/APHIS.

If your Pet Travel includes a stop, stayover or sometimes even a layover in another country before your final destination, you may need a Pet Health Certificate for that country. In this case, you can obtain the first certificate where your travel begins and make an appointment in the 2nd country to obtain a health certificate for the final destination.

Example, travel to England/UK. You cannot enter England with your pet In-Cabin. Many pet parents do not want their Pets in Cargo or Checked Baggage. So, they fly to France with their Dog or Cat In-Cabin and take a Pet Taxi to England.

Because they are not transiting in the airport, these Pet Travelers will need a Pet Passport for both France and England.

Here, you would obtain the Pet Health Certificate to France in the US (departure country) and obtain the Pet Health Certificate to England while in France. With an appointment you can do this in a day or two.

You would do this to accommodate the short validity of the Pet Health Certificate of 10 days.

See more, Flying Your Pet to England? Problems?Transit in France Instead!

and Pet Taxis from France to England– Costs and Routes from Real Pet Travelers in 2022

Pet Health Certificates for Pet Travel to Multiple Countries 

In many European countries, the group of documents allowing a Pet to travel is called a Pet Passport.

What is a US Pet Passport?

If you are traveling to or through another 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. 

Example. US to England through France (why would you do this? It’s faster, cheaper and England does not allow you to bring your Pet In Cabin. See Flying Your Pet to England UK? (Options for Dogs In-Cabin 2022)!

See Also, Layovers with Pets at the Airport for more information on if you can see your Pet during a long layover.

Duplicate Certificates should not cost double! Some Veterinarians will try to charge you twice.

I would be okay with this if there was some additional expertise required or time or technology.  This is not the case.  There is literally only one change—the country name.  

Ex. Pet Travel to England through France 

Your Pet will need a France and an England Health Certificate. Do not pay Double for two Pet Health Certificates. There is literally only 1 change–the country name.

Low Cost Pet Health Certificate Veterinarians

Where to find low cost Veterinarians for Pet Health Certificates and Vaccinations.? 

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. 

TIP: 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.

What is a US Pet Passport?

A US Pet Passport includes the documents showing your Pet is fit and healthy to travel. You will need a Pet Microchip, Vaccination, Rabies (& possibly a Titer test), Parasite treatment(s) and a Health Certificate issued by a Veterinarian and sometimes endorsement by USDA/APHIS.

What Documents are Included in a Pet Passport?

  1. A Pet Health Certificate
  2. An Endorsement of the Health Certificate from USDA/APHIS
  3. Rabies Vaccination
  4. Pet Microchipping Documentation
  5. Rabies Titer Test Results showing the vaccine is effective
  6. Parasite Treatment including Tapeworm or Screwworm
  7. Additional Vaccines (Dogs: Coronavirus, Lyme Disease, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Canine Influenza Cats: FeLV,  Feline Chlamydia, Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV))
  8. Some Countries Require an Import Permit/License
  9. For Endangered Species, a CITES Permit

See the full Step-by-Step Guide for the Country you are traveling to at Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates

Bottom Line:

How Much Do Pet Health Certificates Cost to Travel?

The average cost of a Pet Travel Health Certificate is between $30 and $400 depending on location and number of certificates. New York City average cost is $350usd and Austin Texas is $75. There is a $38 fee to the USDA/APHIS to endorse your Veterinarian’s Certificate.

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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
Next to Your Seat
2. JetBlue AirExtra Seat Fare+$125
per Dog or Cat
One-Way
You may hold the carrier
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 the same
pet carrier.
You can buy the seat next to
yours but they must remain
under the seat.
5. Spirit Airlines$110 each way2 pets of the same species
and similar size in the same
pet carrier
Max 40 pounds total
Chart of Airlines that allow Two Pets Per Person In-Cabin

And, 4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines

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

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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What airlines don’t want you to know about getting “bumped” 🤯 #lawyer #travel #money

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Pet Cargo Crate Requirements for Airlines-A COMPLETE Guide

Step by Step Guide for Finding the Right Airline Approved Pet Cargo Crate for Flying in Cargo.


To find the right cargo crate for your pet: measure your pet nose to base of tail, width, and height, add 3”-5” for room on each side (top, sides, front, back). Choose plastic, fiberglass or metal material with metal fasteners.  Next, the outside must include space bars/handles, and ventilation on 2 side (domestic), 3 sides (international).

1. Finding the Right Size Pet Cargo For Your Dog


MEASURE YOUR PET first

SOURCE: IATA Pet Cargo Crate Requirements


  • Measure tip of nose to base of tail (do not include the length of the tail).
  • Measure shoulder width. This should be the widest part of your pet. Then double (x2) for the minimum width of crate.
  • Measure from Top of Head (or Ears if they stay erect) to the Ground.
  • The kennel must be large enough that the animal can easily stand up, turn around, sit erect, and lie down in a natural position.

Snub Nose/Brachycephalic Breeds require 1 size larger crate if using the Standard Sizes from Manufactures or an additional 10%.

See: What Airlines Allow Snub Nose Breed Dogs and Cats.

  • Add measurements of your Dog and add 3-6 inches and you have your ideal crate size.

Crate SizeLengthWeight of CrateCommon Breeds
Xs 19”<20 lbs. Chihuahua, Maltese, Pomeranian
S24″20-30lbsJack Russel, Miniature Poodle
M30″30-40lbsCocker Spaniel, French Bulldog
LG36″40-70lbsBeagle, Bulldog, English Setter
XL42″70-90lbsLabrador, Retriever, Boxer
2XL48″90+lbsGreat Dane, Rottweiler, Burmese
Dog Crate Sizes for Flying with Dogs

TIP: It may seem like you’re giving your pet a bit more comfort by buying an oversized crate; however, they are not necessarily better or more comfortable when they are jostling around during transport. They need the comfort of a well-fitted pet crate.

Pet Cargo Crates for Flying with Dogs must have:

1. Pet Crate Materials that Are Sturdy

Hard Plastic, Metal, Fiberglass. Some carriers will accept wood crates. (KLM and Air France do not accept wood crates).

2. Pet Crates Must have Metal Fasteners

Most crates are plastic, fiberglass.  Most plastic and fiberglass crates are fastened by plastic fasteners.  Fasteners join the top and bottom halves together.

IATA does not require metal fasteners but, most airlines do not allow plastic fasteners. (United Airlines allow plastic or nylon fasteners).

If the crate is not a one piece construction, the pieces (usually 2: top and bottom) must secured with nut-and-bolt type fasteners. This is an inexpensive replacement so, even if the airline allows plastic fasteners, exchanging to metal will allow use with other airlines.

Many companies sell replacements kits (as pictured below).  Any hardware will have replacement bolts.  Just take the plastic bolts with you for comparison.

I use this Pet Travel Kit, the Complete GT Deluxe Pet Airline Kit with Pad. The kit has the “Live Animal” stickers, in the IAPTA required size, the information sticker with all the Information about your Pet, a Pee Pad, Pouch for Food, Funnel, 2 clip on Bowls and especially the metal fasteners to change my plastic fasteners to metal fasteners and a few other helpful items so my Crate is ready for Travel.


Dog Travel Crate for Flying with Dogs

3. Pet Crate Flooring

The floor must be solid and sturdy and leakproof. Look for a removable tray, drainage at the bottom of crate. Plastic is best–fiberboard is porous and will fall apart quickly.

4. Handholds

Handles can be on top for smaller crates or bars on the long sides for larger crates.  The handlers need to have handholds on both side of the crate to lift without tipping.

4. The Placement of ForkLift Spacers for Xtra Large Dogs

For Dogs over 132 lbs/60kg, airline handlers use a forklift to move your Dog’s crate and so you must have forklift spacers.

5. Proper Ventilation

Two sides are recommended for domestic flights and 3 side for international fight. Ventilation on sides and the door.  Most airlines require there be no ventilation on the roof.  Look for ventilation slots that are paw and gnaw proof. Your pet should not be able to put their paw or jaw into the ventilation slots.

Here you will find reviews of Crates we have used for flying with Pets and Roadtrips: Best Cargo Crate for Flying with Large Dogs in 2022

Most airlines require there be no ventilation on the roof. Airlines do stack smaller crates on top of larger crates. This is another reason airlines do not accept collapsible crates.

6. The Quality of Door on Your Dog’s Crate

The door must be escape-proof with one metal grated door fastened securely to prevent accidental opening. Attach releasable zip ties securing the closed door to the frame, using all the original drill holes.

7. Metal Door Locks are Required by Most Airlines

Your crate door must be a spring loaded with a locking system including pins extending at least 5/8”/1.6 cm above and below the door. Doors must be constructed of heavy plastic, welded or cast metal so that it is paw and gnaw proof.


Pet Cargo Crates Must Not Have:

1. Non-Removable Wheels

Your crate must not have permanently attached wheels.  If your crate has wheels, they should be removeable or must be foldable and unusable when the crate is in the cargo hold.

2. Collapsible Material

No soft-sided material, not composed of wire, mesh, carboard or particle board or wicker. Remember, many Pet Crates are stacked in the Cargo hold. You do not want material so thin that it will collapse under the weight of a crate placed on top of yours. The crates I have used are all solid and strong They vary in other aspects but, sturdiness is mandatory. See them here: Best Cargo Crate for Flying with Large Dogs in 2022

Here is an example of an unacceptable crate.

Image of Crate that Compresses and is Not IATA or Airline Compliant
Image of Crate that Compresses and is Not IATA or Airline Compliant

3. No Twist, Slide or Snap Fasteners

Do not use twist, slide or snap fasteners.  Zip ties, duct tape or rubber bands to construct the frame. (Zip ties are used for attaching your Document pouch, food and water and funnel. 

Here is an example of improperly fastened crates:

Pet Cargo Crates Cannot Have Slide or  Snap Fasteners Shown Here.  Metal Fasteners for Pet Travel Only
Pet Cargo Crates Cannot Have Slide or Snap Fasteners Shown Here. Metal Fasteners for Pet Travel Only

4. No Plastic Doors on your Dog’s Cargo Crate

The crate door must have a secure, spring loaded, all around locking system
with the pins extending at least 5/8” 1.6 cm above and below the door. Doors must be constructed of heavy plastic, welded or cast metal strong enough so it is paw and gnaw proof.

5. No Plastic of Fabric Covering

No tarp or fabric crate/kennel cover. They will likely be lost or damaged. Remember, many Pet Crates are stacked in the Cargo hold. Any fabric covering will only be removed by the flight crew.

Small Crate How to Prepare a Pet Kennel for Airline Travel in Cargo

This is a smaller crate showing how to Prepare a Pet Crate for Air Travel and make ventilation and doors compliant with IATA and Airline Policies.

CHECK THE AIRLINE YOU MIGHT BOOK WITH FOR THEIR SPECIFIC CARGO CRATE REQUIREMENTS. Specifically, Check Total Weight of Pet and Crate requirements from your airlines.

Now that you know how to choose the right crate for your pet, the next step is:

The best Pet cargo crate is IATA compliant, made of rigid plastic or fiberglass material, metal fasteners and door locks that are paw and gnaw proof, without wheels and has ventilation on 3 sides for international flights and 2 sides for domestic flights.  

Source Authority: International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Pet Shipping Crate/Container Requirements. IATA and APHIS.

See also, Prepare a Pet Crate for Air Travel

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Should I Buy a Pet Stroller?

Whether looking for a Pet Strollers because of mobility issues, congestion of walkways, socialization or to protect an anxious or reactive Pet from distractions, triggers and hazards, there’s an option for everyone in prices ranging from $45 to $300+.

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Looking for the best Dog Stroller for your needs and budget?  Asking yourself is it worth buying a Pet Stroller? 

You’re not alone.  We polled DogForum.com and found Pet Parents have many reasons to want a Dog Stroller.  Here’s some of the responses we found:

“I have a friend who uses a stroller for her dog at shows and events. Each time I see it, I want one!”

DogForum.com 2022

“She has back issues so her stroller makes things much easier for her. Hers is enclosed so serves as a crate and she can also load up her gear so no carrying heavy bags.”

DogForum.com 2022

“A walk, bus/train ride, an hour class, and then return trip is likely to be a lot for a very young pup. Your pup will probably nap a bit on the way home in the stroller if comfy in there.”

DogForum.com 2022

“Just find a balance. You don’t want to keep your puppy in a stroller every second of each outing. But for travel on a bus or train and naps on very long/taxing outings I say go for it!”

DogForum.com 2021

Corgi enjoying Pet Expo 2022 in their Dog Stroller
Corgi enjoying Pet Expo 2022 in their Dog Stroller

Pet strollers are growing in popularity and more and more conscientious pet parents are including a stroller as a way to make caring for their fur baby even easier for their whole family.

Is getting a Pet Stroller for Travel worth the Money?

Yes, Dog Strollers are great for Pets with mobility issues, reactive Pets, congested or hazardous walkways, socialization and protection from the elements with prices in a wide range from $45 to $300+.


Two Beagles Meet for the First Time in their Own Pet Strollers
Two Beagles Meet for the First Time in their Own Pet Strollers: 1 is a rental and 1 is owned

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of a Dog Stroller.

Dogs in Strollers give you a lot of versatility for the issues we deal with nearly every day caring for our companions. 

  • If you have mobility issues.
  • If your Pup needs safe space and a safe distance
  • If your Dog has mobility issues,
  • Small dogs that might go underfoot
  • Recuperating Dogs need Dog Strollers
  • Pup hates getting paws wet in the snow or after a recent rain
  • If the sidewalk is crowded, uneven, hot or dirty.
  • Socialization of new puppies
  • Reactive and anxious Pets find comfort
  • Too many other larger dogs in the area
  • If you have a pet who used to love long walks, but just can’t get very far anymore,

See Also, Pet Travel Finds Under $25 on Amazon

Two Small Dogs Share the Same Pet Stroller
Two Small Dogs Share the Same Pet Stroller

“Dogs in strollers allow for exercise for owners and environmental enrichment for pets that can’t quite make the distance,” explains Tiffany Margolin, DVM, CVA. “The worst sight is someone dragging their dog behind them … a stroller … is so much better for that dog.”

Senior, or “settled” Dogs don’t have to get left out when the rest of the family are off for a day of fun.

Carrying a Pet Carrier is fine for short distances—to and from car.  But it is awkward or often too heavy to carry for a distance.

See Also, Cool Pet Travel Gear for the Stylish Dog.

And, if you have any kind of physical limitations that prevent you from lifting heavy objects, then a  pet stroller is the way to go.  


Small Dog in a Very Small Dog Stroller
Small Dog in a Very Small Dog Stroller

If your dog is not able to walk for as long as he or she used to, a stroller is a good option.

It is the perfect compromise for those times when you would like to take your Dog for a day out, but you know he (or she) won’t have the stamina!

Let your Dog walk as much as he wants or is able to, then hop in when he needs a break.


Cute White Puppy Enjoys a Dog Stroller at the Pet Expo 2022
Cute White Puppy Enjoys a Dog Stroller at the Pet Expo 2022

Whether you’re going to a festival, farmer’s market, off-leash park or any other type of outdoor event, a Dog Stroller is convenient and the best safety tool. 

Even if your Dog copes well in large, noisy crowds there is a real risk of injury no matter their size. They could easily get underfoot, stepped on or react if provoked or frightened.

And, now I have no more excuses not to get my exercise!

Walk at the pace you want until your Dog is too tired, then treat him or her to a ride without having to end your workout early.

One slow Dog/one fast Dog or one big Dog and one mall Dog are easily accommodated with a Dog Stroller.


Even an Average Size Pet Stroller Can Make 3 Smaller Dogs Happy Together
Even an Average Size Pet Stroller Can Make 3 Smaller Dogs Happy Together

I don’t know if you’ve tried it, but even carrying a small dog while looking at clothes or trying on shoes without letting their feet touch the ground is no easy task.

For people who live in congested areas

If you live in the heart of  busy city, it can be challenging to walk your Dog, particularly if you have a small one.

With so much pedestrian traffic he can get hurt, especially if people don’t see him. Not a difficult scenario to imagine given how wrapped up people get in their activities.

Traveling with Pets is easier with a Dog Stroller too!

Some Dogs, like Jack, don’t like the feel of the gangway or dock surface, and so, you either carry them or use a stroller to easily transport them on and off the ferry or moving platform such as escalators and gangways.

Keeping your Pet safely confined in the stroller during the trip is a safe thing to do as well. If it’s a new experience our Pets may feel anxious or overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and goings on.

Keeping them in the stroller will make it a more pleasant voyage for everyone, and give him a feeling of security.

Let’s talk paw protection and Cats too!


A Beautiful Cat Trying out a New Pet Stroller
A Beautiful Cat Trying out a New Pet Stroller at Pet Expo 2022

That pavement can get pretty hot, and your Dog may not be able to let you know if they are in pain. 

Burning hot concrete around the pool – we’ve all experienced that pain!

Shade from the sun and rain, too!

For those of us who have spent any time living in tropical or semi tropical climates, we know the rules about taking our dogs out early morning and later in the evening when it’s cooler.

We don’t take the possibility of heatstroke lightly. Too much time spent exposed to the elements can be dangerous.

Taking your Dog out in a Pet Stroller to a shady location will allow him to get much needed exercise but will also get him out of the sun if it gets to be too much.

What do I look for in a Pet Stroller?

Ease of Storage and Collapsibility,Viewing window & weight allowance for pets and stroller weight.

Fewer zippers for easy access. One with mesh that zips the pet in a safe space, keeps them from bolting out and safe from bees and mosquitos

The Pet Gear NO-Zip Stroller is a good example. It’s lightweight, collapsible and has 360 degree viewing mesh. The “No Zip” feature makes getting in and out easier with a push button dual entry system.




Heavy Rubber Tire (not plastic) is best for stability and rougher terrain—even concrete can be rough. Quality wheel brakes are a good upgrade.

Pet Strollers with adjustable handles and an ergonomic grip help prevent fatigue. Ergonomic: comfortable, padded handles with larger diameter handle-larger is easier on your grip. The Pet Gear 3-in-1 Travel System is another good choice for an all-in-one stylish option.


3 in 1 option: Pet Stroller, Carrier and Booster seat for Cars
3 in 1 option: Pet Stroller, Carrier and Booster seat for Cars


Adjustability for Your Height

“The stroller was a standard 38″ tall but that’s too short for me. I can’t seem to find taller ones. Even the adjustable ones only go up to 38″ and adjust down from there. Seriously… do they think only short people buy these things?”  Dogforum.com 

This premium stroller, the HPZ Pet Rover Run Performance Stroller really combines so many features many do not: adjustable and ergonomic handles, larger rubber tires, zipper-Less Entry and 1-Hand Quick Fold Down and Aluminum Frame.




In 2021 and 2022, Dogforum.com asked members if and why they chose a Dog Stroller. Here’s more responses:

“I will need to take the bus or train to get to a lot of places…There’s a lot of dogs in my neighbourhood so I don’t want to let my puppy walk on the ground on our way to the train/bus station in case he catches some disease such as parvo… “

“…I’m also concerned that carrying him in a crate/ carrier /in my arms might become too heavy for me as he is not a small puppy”

“If you are traveling, i definitely suggest a doggie stroller! I have one, and it is very handy!! My mom was a little confused at first to why I had gotten it. But they’re very cute and easy to travel with! (And your arm will certainly not get tired with a doggie stroller!)”


So, how often should you walk your Dog? When Does a Pet Stroller become necessary?

How far can your Dog walk? How far should they walk? Are we giving our beloved Pets enough time outdoors?

If they can’t walk as far as you like to walk and they just need to get out in the fresh air, a Pet Stroller makes a great gift for you and your Pet.

Snow? Wet ground from a recent rain and they hate getting their paws wet? No problem, they can still get out for a change of scenery and see what’s going on.

Over at Rideable, they have a good guide for how much you should be walking your Dog. A Pet Stroller helps bridge the gap.

How Far Can dogs walk by age?

What is this? A rule of thumb is a puppy can walk five minutes for every month of age starting at eight weeks. So a two-month-old puppy can walk about 10 minutes. And a three-month-old can walk for 15 minutes; and a four-month-old for 20 minutes.

How much should dogs walk a day?

In general, most dogs benefit from between 30 minutes to two hours of physical activity per day (source). That averages out to 3.5 to 14 hours of walking per week. Many people break that time up into two or three walks per day. But the specific quantity and duration of walks may vary from dog to dog, and day to day.

RIDEABLE.COM

A Dog Stroller is a great addition to your Pet’s accessories for many reasons: mobility issues, congestion of walkways, socialization or to protect an anxious or reactive Pet from distractions, triggers and hazards. And, since there’s an option for everyone in prices ranging from $45 to $300+, there’s a good choice for every Pet.


21 Top Pet Travel Tips for 2022

21 Pet Travel Tips from onward travel proof, Pet Insurance, saving ATM fees, forwarding luggage and more.

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.

I’ve been traveling full time for 3 years and sometimes with my Pets: Chihiro and Sophie. Here are my Tips for flying and travel with your Pet from my years of international travel with and without my pets.

1. How to Find the Best Airline Seat for a Pet In Cabin.

Seat Guru helps me find the best seats on nearly any aircraft, especially for Pets.  Everyone knows first-class seats are larger than Economy, but did you know that not every seat in Economy has the same dimensions?

The larger the seat, the more room for your Pet’s carrier in cabin. On some aircraft the window seat has more room under the seat in front of you—sometimes it’s the aisle.

Use a seating app like Seat Guru to guarantee the perfect seat placement for you and your furry companion. Often, a couple extra inches of room under the seat in front of you makes a huge difference. 


See also, Airline that Allows All Large Dogs In Cabin

2. Best Pet Travel Insurance

I travel full time and sometimes with my two cats: Chihiro and Sophie. I have researched a number of pet health insurance policies and very few covered my pets while traveling out of Colorado where I am from.

I finally found Eusoh. They not only cover both my cats, but the price is affordable and they are covered wherever we travel, including overseas! Here’s a link if you would like to check them out.

Eusoh Covers Your Pet when You Travel
Eusoh Covers Your Pet when You Travel

3. Best Affordable Travel Insurance for You

I travel full time (sometimes with my Pets and sometimes solo. I have traveled to Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Mexico and now am in Thailand.

I always need a Nomad insurance plan, sometimes for coverage and sometimes just to satisfy entry requirements for a new country. I always use Safety Wing and they have never let me down. Claims are easier than some I have tried such as AXA and the cost is affordable.

BONUS: Best Airlines for Large Dogs In Cabin–Yes! You can travel with your Dog too big to fit under a seat. Airline that Allows All Large Dogs In Cabin


4. What if there is a Last minute change to your Pet’s flight?

Last minute cancellation? While everyone else is standing in line at the airport to rebook waiting for their turn with the reservationist, contact the airline directly on Facebook, they often respond faster. 

If you’re waiting in line, search for alternative flights so you can get the route you want, not just the one the airline offers.  Maybe you can get an overnight hotel stay instead of a red-eye flight the same day. 

See Flight Rights for more on this.


5. What is Proof of Onward Travel and Do I Need It?

What happens if you fly with a one-way ticket and the airline requires proof of onward travel?

What if the country I am flying to requires proof of onward travel but, I do not have a ticket or plans yet for my next destination?

Proof of Onward Travel required by most Countries and airlines is proof of a flight, bus or train out of the country when your tourist visa expires.

This is hard when you aren’t sure when you will leave or where you’re going next. 

Sites such as BestOnwardTicket book the flight ticket for you, forward the proof of booking to you via email and they cancel 24-48 hours later—all for about $15usd. 

You can always book the return or onward flight yourself, but these sites save you the wait time to get a refund or if you forget to cancel the ticket in 24 hours after you land because you’re busy getting settled into your new destination. 

They do it for you for a small fee.  I’ve used this many times with no issue and I always get the booking email confirmation within a couple of hours.

This way, you arrive for your flight, show the proof of onward travel and the booking site cancels the booking 24-48 hours later. This gives you flexibility plan your next destination.


Chihiro Cat Ready to Travel
My Cat, Chihiro Ready to Travel

6. Do Airline Booking Sites Have Flights for All Airlines?

NO! Many travelers think Booking Sites (Online Travel Agencies,OTAs) like Google Flights, Kayak, Hopper, Expedia, SkyScanner, Expedia have fares for every airline.

Many Airlines such as Southwest Do Not allow Booking Sites to advertise or sell their flights.

They don’t want to compete with Airline Booking Sites or don’t want to pay a commission. Some airlines allow a limited number of routes and planes to show on booking site searches.

You want to check for fares directly with the airlines you are familiar with or that you think will fly to your destination.

Often, these fares are cheaper. Flying with Pets requires you to be flexible and check all airlines, not just fares on Booking sites.

See also, Pet Travel: How to Book Your Pet to Fly In Cabin


See also, The 10 Most Affordable Airlines Pet Fees: 2022

7. How Can I Get Emergency Assistance if I am Overseas?

If you’re a US citizen, sign up for the US Embassy Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

This way, the local US Embassy will know where you’re traveling, can expedite a lost passport and send you travel alerts, all directly to your phone.


8. UNESCO

I travel the world and when I’m researching a new location, I visit the UNESCO website to see the sites worth planning travel around or are close to a pet-friendly hotel I like.

Being close to the sites you want to visit saves so much travel time and money taking cabs or buses around the city.

See also, Pet Friendly San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


9. How Can I Save Money at International ATMs?

  • Many ATMs ask you to accept or decline 2 charges.  We are used to just hitting “accept” the fee to get cash. 
  • Many foreign ATMs, they ask you to accept or decline 2 fees.  Many travelers do not notice the second is optional. 
  • You should Accept the 1st request (bank’s fee for withdrawal) but, REJECT the 2nd request to accept the CONVERSION fee.
  • This 2nd request changes the rate to one even more favorable to the bank. Decline the Conversion and you still get your money but only pay the ATM fee.= you get more cash.
  • Next, bank fees at ATMs charge 1 of 2 ways, either a fee per transaction or a fee that is a percentage of the amount of cash your withdraw. If it is a fee per transaction, take out as much as you can–as much as you feel safe carrying because the fee is the same if you take out $50 or $200.
  • If the fee is a percentage, then look for the lowest rate atm and take out only what you need.

10. How Do I Avoid Paying International Fees on my Credit or Debit Card?

When traveling internationally and paying for something with your card, a waiter or retailer may ask if you want the payment charged in your currency.

Always choose to have the payment made in the local currency because you get a better exchange rate for your meal or purchase.

If you opt to pay in your home countries currency, you get a lower exchange rate and pay more!


Atlanta Hartsfield Airport Poochie Park Deb Carr

11. How to Find the Best Pet Relief Areas at Airports?

Many airports have escorts who can take you and your pet to a relief area outside of security, which removes the need to go back through long lines at TSA.  

If your airport doesn’t have a post-security relief area available or the ones before TSA are nicer, it may be worth it to ask about this service.

Often the best relief areas are located before security controls.

See also, Pets in Airports: Everything You Need to Know


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

12. How to Get Better Hotels Freebies 

Beyond toiletries, Hotels often offer free use of umbrellas, bicycles, a phone charger or plug adapter, free laundry bags and sewing kits—always handy to carry along with you.

Those shower caps are great for packing shoes with grimy soles or covering opened bottles of liquids. I always keep the complimentary razors.

Those free shavers are 1 of the more expensive toiletries so, those are my favorite.

Also, 7 Affordable PET FRIENDLY Hotel Chains for 2022

13. WithinHours

I use this handy website for road trips.  Just tell WithHours where you are now, how far you want to drive, and it tells you interesting places, rest stops, restauants in driving distance of where you are.


14. Incognito Mode

Airline websites set cookies tracking your searches for flights.  They remember what flights you last searched for. Use incognito mode so it looks like a first search, and you may get a better rate.


15. Offline Google Maps

Don’t forget to download Google maps before you arrive for off-line use in your destination.  Wifi in airports is spotty at best. For those inevitable times when wifi is weak or you haven’t gotten a local sim card yet.

You can download your city with directions to your hotel or directions for the taxi or bus so you can settle in your first day with less hassle.


16. Charles Schwab for International Travel

A Charles Schwab account reimburses all international atm fees—all!  I get reimbursement once a month for every fee I pay at ATMs. 

I needed to open a brokerage account, transfer some funds to use for your travel, they send you a debit card and boom—no more dreaded ATM fees or searching for the cheapest ATM in the city.


17. Working in a foreign country?

You will likely need a Criminal Background Check from your home country.  If you plan to work in your new country, take the time to get a criminal background check completed before you leave. 

You may not need it but, when you do, often you must get it directly from you home country. 

It’s easier (time and cost) while you’re in the new country than when long-distance. Particularly relevant for English Teachers abroad.


My Cat, Sophie with her Pet Carrier
My Cat, Sophie with her Pet Carrier

18. Why Traveling on the First Flight of the Day is Best.

When flight attendants travel on stand-by, they generally try to get on the first flight of the day, I do too.

It may be early, but these flights are usually cheaper because fewer people voluntarily pay to wake up and travel to an airport before 7 a.m.

These flights also have a higher “no-show” factor from other travelers, which accounts for passengers who overslept or decided the night before they weren’t taking their flight but, failed to cancel that reservation, so they just don’t show up.

This allows a higher likelihood for empty seats that could be given to those waiting on stand-by or gives me and my pet more space in flight.

Also, the first flight of the day is much more likely to be on time than those later in the day. 

This is because often that aircraft remained overnight at the airport and is already in position for your morning flight. 

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to take an early morning flight, when weather delays a flight, airlines are not required to pay for a hotel or meals.

Booking the first flight gives the whole day to work with when finding another flight.

See Flight Rights for more info.


19. Why You Should Book Your Pet Travel Directly with the Airline 

If there is a problem with getting a reservation for your pet, those who book directly with the airline will likely be given preference for that spot over someone who booked through a third-party (Expedia, Agoda).  

If there is a delay or change in your flight arrangements, you can go directly to the airline.  If you booked through a consolidator, the airline may tell you to go to the company you booked with. 

If you booked directly, you only have to go to the airline. 

They favor their customers and while another person is contacting the third-party, you are in direct contact. 

See also, Should I Book my Pet’s Travel with the Airline or Booking Site?


20. Ship Your Luggage Cheaper.

Send My Bag® makes it easier to travel. You can send luggage around the world, whether you are relocating abroad, going on an extended trip, or moving away to college or university.

I have used Send My Bag and they delivered by 2 large suitcases from my home in the US to Vietnam and to Thailand–door-to-door!

It’s fast, efficient and I get to avoid paying extortionate airline baggage fees.


21. How to Choose a Pet Friendly Hotel in 2022

When choosing your Pet Friendly Hotel, look for:

  1. Does the Hotel have Restrictions on Breed or Weight?
  2. Do they have Restrictions on the Number of Pets per Room?
  3. Is there an Additional Fee Per Pet?
  4. Are there Pet Friendly Amenities?
  5. Are there Nearby Dog Parks or walking trails?
  6. Can You Leave Your Pet Unattended in the Room?
  7. What areas of the Hotel are Off Limits to your Dog (Pool, Lounge)?
  8. Are There Specific Rooms Reserved for Dogs and Cats? Rooms set aside just as Pet rooms are often the least desirable?
  9. Does the Pet Friendly Hotel require a deposit? Is the deposit refundable?

See also, 7 Affordable PET FRIENDLY Hotel Chains for 2022


See: How to Book Your Pet to Fly In Cabin


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Will My Pet Have Food & Water on A Plane Flight?

By using a simple method and patience, Pet travel is easier when you train your Dog to drink from a bottle feeder. It limits messy, wet crates and keeps them hydrated any you can add extra nutrients if they do not eat kibble on flights.

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Pet travel is stressful enough without worrying about if your pets are safe when flying in checked baggage or cargo.  Are they hungry and are they hydrated is a huge concern for me and you.

Many Pets in Cargo will refuse to eat during a flight, which is perfectly normal. A treat to chew on and a bottle feeder filled with nutrient rich broth or supplement provides sustenance and a distraction. And, although they will be very ready to eat or drink once they see you again, it does help to keep them from throwing up.

Good bottle feeder training alleviated three concerns for me and my Pets when flying: 1: hydration, hunger, messy crates. You do not want water splashing and spilling during loading.  Water Bottle training is best, next to that use frozen water.

Choose the right bottle. 

  • It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy but, get one and try to choose one that has:
  • A stainless steel nozzle food grade balls for easy cleaning and hygiene.
  • A screw-on attachment at the back of the bottle to secure it to the wireframe crate door
  • And, preferably one that is clear so ground crew can easily see if it needs to be refilled.

Your Pet may not eat at all on a flight—even a long one and that is usually okay.  Hydration is most important but, you can still add nutrient rich liquids in their bottle. I like the Vannon Dog Bottle dispenser at Amazon because it is leak-proof, made for travel crates, BPA free, see-through and reasonably priced.

Since feeding solids within 3 hours before a flight is not recommended by most airlines, you can add nutrient rich liquids to ensure your Dog is hydrated, fed and give you peace of mind.

Related: Prepare a Pet Crate for Air Travel

Choose a Method that Works for Your Pet

  1. Liquid Method
  2. Sticky Method

1. The Liquid Method

Fill your Dogs bottle with regular water and add Pedialyte or low-sodium broth (vegetable, chicken—homemade or store-bought).   

Pedialyte works great because its concentration of electrolytes and lower sugar concentration compared to sports drinks such as Gatorade.

Pedialyte is safe for Dogs in moderation and it’s formula has electrolytes including potassium, magnesium and sodium chloride.

It is used to treat infant humans that are dehydrated and is perfectly safe in moderation for your fur baby too.

Broth is a good choice because all Dogs have a taste for savory, meaty flavors.  So next time you’re cooking up a dish with broth, save some for the bottle training.

Just make sure the broth is not too fatty because when it’s mixed with cool or cold water, it may coagulate and gum up the nozzle. A good veggie broth eliminates that issue.

When I first introduce broth, I used a 50/50 portion but, once they took to the nozzle, I cut back on the broth a bit.

The savory flavor of the broth was meant to teach them to drink from a bottle.

When travelling and I think they may be a bit stressed and not eat kibble, I feed them kibble but not within 4 hours of a flight.  Then, I use a 50/50 split of broth and filtered water. 

When they realize there’s a savory new taste treat they can have at the end of the nozzle, they will quickly adapt their love of licking to include a water bottle.


Simply Apply Any Sticky Sweet Pet-Friendly Treat to Your Nozzle
Simply Apply Any Sticky Sweet Pet-Friendly Treat to Your Nozzle to begin Training

2. The Sticky Method

Maybe your fur baby needs a bit more time spent getting used to the nozzle—spending a bit more time playing with it to get enough water for hydration.

After all, lapping water from a bowl allows them to get more water faster than licking a nozzle.

Or, if they just respond to sweet treats more than savory, you can choose the sticky method instead.

Smear smooth Peanut Butter or honey on the nozzle and let them spend more time enjoying working it off the tip.  Each effort is rewarded with more water too.

Both peanut butter and honey are safe for Dogs (unless they have a nut allergy)

This training isn’t so much a new command as it is a life skill.

Like any human child learning to eat with utensils, for a dog, learning to drink from a bottle makes life so much easier.

It also adds a bit of distraction during a long flight. Of course, you will include their favorite blanket or toy but, adding a hydrating and nourishing treat to their water distracts them from the tediousness of air travel and gives them something to lick—Dogs love to lick!

Water Stays Fresher During Long Flights

Not only does using a Pet water bottle keep their fur drier, but water also stays cleaner and fresher. It cuts down on contamination, slobber, dirt and waste.

See Also, How To Crate Train Your Pet for Air Travel

FAQ:

Can dogs eat honey and is it safe for them?

Yes, Honey is safe for Dogs and Cats to eat and provides health benefits such vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K. and minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, and more.

Is Pedialyte safe for Dogs?

Pedialyte is safe for Dogs. The formula has electrolytes like potassium, magnesium and sodium chloride, and is used to alleviate and prevent dehydration in humans and animals.

See Also, Layovers with Pets at the Airport

Or, Best Cargo Crate for Flying with Large Dogs in 2022

It’s very convenient for your Pet and you when traveling when your Dog enjoys drinking directly from a bottle?


Amazon Pet Travel Finds Under $25

With so many choices for Pet Travel toys, tech and essentials, and so little room in luggage, I’ve need to be careful with what I carry for my furbabies. I narrowed down to these great must-haves for traveling with Pets. And, all on Amazon and Under $25!

TOMKAS Dog Sling Dog Carrier


Tomkas Dog Sling Carrier for Pet Travel under $25
Tomkas Dog Sling Carrier for Pet Travel under $25

When your Pup can’t walk as far as you do or the path is crowded or dirty and you want to touch and comfort your Pet, keeping them safe and close to you, this lightweight travel sling is a great option! At 8.8 ounces, it’s worth the space in your luggage. 5 Reversible Colors to Choose



Supet Dog 2 in 1 Water and Kibble Dispenser


Supet 2 in 1 Water and Kibble Bottle for Pet Travel
Supet 2 in 1 Water and Kibble Bottle for Pet Travel

I love that this is a 2 in 1 Bottle for Kibble and water. It holds enough kibble for 1 Day and Complies with the 3.4oz liquid allowed by TSA. With the collapsible cup and 1 handed aeration, my Pets stay hydrated but the whole unit takes little space in my carry-on.



PetLike Travel Litter Box


PetLike Travel Litter Box
PetLike Travel Litter Box

I like that this is collapsible and weighs just over 1 pound, making it worth adding to my carry-on space. Great for hotels and when visiting friends homes. Easy to clean and leakproof.


Pet Ice Silk Self Cooling Pad  


Self Cooling Pet Mat for Pet Travel
Self Cooling Pet Mat for Pet Travel

Quickly Cools 2-4 Degrees. I keep one in the hotel fridge. 3-Layers wick moisture away from your Pet. 2 Sizes: L 28″x22″ & XL 39″x28″


Potaroma Poop Bag Dispenser and LED Flashlight


Potaroma LED Flashlight and Bag Dispenser great for Pet Travel
Potaroma LED Flashlight and Bag Dispenser great for Pet Travel
Potaroma LED Flashlight and Bag Dispenser great for Pet Travel

This LED Flashlight and Bag Dispenser comes with 8 Rolls of Biodegradable and Leakproof Poop Bags. You need poop bags, of course. For years I just reused grocery bags. Travel with Pets is easier with, thicker, odor-resistant and biodegradable bags.


See Also, Dogs in Airports: Where to Go When Dogs Have to “Go”

Zesty Paws Calming OraStix for Dogs 


Zesty Paws Calming OraStix Pet Treats Amazon under $25
Zesty Paws Calming OraStix Pet Treats Amazon under $25

Zesty Paws Calming OraStix Pet Treats Amazon under $25

Safe and Organic, Premium Ingredients – Calming OraStix also include Melatonin, Magnesium Citrate, Chamomile, Valerian Root, Taurine, and Hemp Seed. Calming treats are a convenient and safe treat for pet travel.



Turbie Twist Microfiber Towel Wrap

 


Yes, a microfiber towel has so many uses. I use these for my Pet’s crate and drying my hair. They’re the perfect size for carriers, ultra light and very absorbent! And for less than $25, you get two: one for you and one for your Pup’s carrier.



See Also, How To Crate Train Your Pet for Air Travel


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.



Are Pet Backpacks Allowed on Airlines?

Yes, if your pet backpack meets the airline’s pet policy for size (standard max height allows up to 11″ for pet carrier height).  Soft-sided is best for compressibility.  Most Pet Backpacks will fit under the seat in front of your for flying with Dogs on Planes.

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 use a Regular Backpack as a Pet Carrier on Airplanes?

Most traditional backpacks are designed to be as lightweight and flexible as possible and that’s great for hiking. When you backpack is on the floor of an airplane, it often does not have enough structure to stand up and give your Pet breathing space.

The pack I use for hiking is designed to stow a variety of things in many sizes: tents, bedding, tools, food, water. All these separate storage spaces take away the room necessary for your Pet to turn around comfortably.

The pockets and straps on standard backpacks are not always flush with the bag and cause snags and ripping taking the precious little space away from your Dog or Cat on a plane.

Regular backpacks often have a number of easy-to-reach pockets on the outside that when used as a Pet Carrier make it difficult to safely store under the seat in front of you.

The most significant reason traditional backpacks are not best for pet airline travel is the lack of ventilation.

Airlines require significant available ventilation for your Pet’s safety and comfort. Ventilation should be on at least 3 sides. Pet carriers usually have 3 or 4 sided ventilation.

So, if you’re considering using a Pet Backpack for Travel with your Dog or Cat, here are the best options and a rundown of their best features:


Sherpa 2 in 1 Backpack Pet Carrier

Sherpa 2 in 1 Backpack Pet Carrier
Sherpa 2 in 1 Backpack Pet Carrier

  • With this Sherpa Carrier you get the best of a traditional pet carrier and a backpack.
  • 17” x 10.5” x 11”. At 10.5″ height and compressible, it will fit under most airline seats.
  • Weighs only 2.86lbs.
  • Airline Approved and IATA compliant for most airlines
  • Machine Washable
  • Proper Ventilation with Mesh Windows
  • Safety Locks
  • The Spring Frame allows enough support not to collapse but compressible enough for under seats.

PETCIOUS Pet Carrier Backpack

Petcious Pet Carrier Backpack
Petcious Pet Carrier Backpack

  • Weighs only 3.5lbs giving more allowance for your Pet.
  • Dimensions LxWxH 17” x 11” x 10.5”. Compressible to 9″ Height
  • 4-ways to carry: on your front, as a backpack, with a shoulder strap
  • 2-Way Expandable Space for outings and hotel use
  • Airline and IATA compliant

AIPERRO Pet Backpack Carrier


Aiperro Pet Backpack Carrier
Aiperro Pet Backpack Carrier


  • Expandable alcove for Hotels and Airports doubling the space to provide more room for movement.
  • 4 Sided Entry and plenty of Ventilation
  • This is the smallest and will easily fit into the standard Airline seat at: 12.6″ L x 9.5″ W x 16.9″ H.
  • 3-side breathable mesh ensure excellent ventilation and view.
  • Multipurpose—can be used for Airlines, Hiking, Walking, Cycling and Visiting vets

PetAmi Pet Carrier Backpack

PetAmi Pet Carrier Backpack for IATA Compliant Travel


  • IATA Compliant for Airline In Cabin Travel
  • Compressible for the varied Airline Size Requirements
  • Size: 12.5″ x 10.2″ x 16.3″ (L x W x H). The BackPack will be on its side, so the 10.2 inches will become the height when under an airline seat and is compressible to fit.
  • 7 Colors, 1 Size
  • There are side pouches and a front pocket but they are flush so when stored under the airline seat it is less likely to snag or take up room.

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
Chart of 14 Airlines for Pet Carrier Sizes for Pets In Cabin

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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 DIY my Backpack for Airline Use for my Dog?

Yes,. If you have a favorite backpack and maybe one you spent a lot of money on and want to use it for airline travel, here’s a guide I found for how to DIY your backpack for your Pet on a Plane in 6 Steps.

DIY Dog Carrier Backpack (How To Do It In 6 Easy Steps) By Ken Davies


I travel full time and sometimes with my 2 Cats, Sophie and Chihiro. A backpack is indispensable for travel and a Pet backpack carrier is convenient for its versatility!


What Size Pet Carrier will Fit Under a Seat?

The Standard Size for Pet Carriers and Dogs In-Cabin on Airlines averages 22”Lx14”Wx 9” and 8kg or 17lbs for your Pet. 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.


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.

Why Choose a Pet Backpack for Airline Travel?

  1. The benefits of a Pet Backpack vs. traditional pet travel carrier include:
  2. Carriers can be expensive and having a multi-purpose carrier saves money and space for travel because it is multi-functional
  3. They give hands-free use in airports and sight seeing days.
  4. A Pet Backpack is easier with for Hiking, Running and cycling
  5. When you walk further than your Pup can long walks or sight-seeing events make having a hands-free carrier enjoyable.
  6. Less strain on my body using my back to carry my Pets than using my arms to hold a pet carrier.
  7. You Pet will be close to you and feel safer, especially in foreign environments like airports.
  8. And you can use it when you’re not carrying your pet you can still use it carry shopping just as a regular backpack

If you’re traveling with Pets you may be interested in:

Pet Travel: How to Book Your Pet to Fly In Cabin

Flying a Large Dog In Cabin 2022


Do I Need Pet Travel Insurance in 2022?

A Helpful Guide of All Factors When Buying Pet Health Insurance

Pet Health Insurance give us a financial safety net when something unexpected happens to our Companion Pets.

It’s easier than you may think. We can find a small amount each month to save us thousands of dollars once an emergency hits.

After much research for accident coverage for my two cats I finally found Eusoh! They actually cover my Pets while we traveling out of our home state and while overseas.

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Are My Pets Covered by the Airlines Travel Insurance?

Airlines consider Pets to be “property” of their “owners”. Liability and compensation for harm to or loss of a Pet is usually relegated to the declared amount or the maximum value of belongings. Current policy limits required by DOT are set at $3,800 for domestic flights in 2022.

Is a Pet Illness Covered by an Airline Cancelation Policy?

A Pet Illness is rarely covered by the minimum DOT required of Airlines to cover with insurance.  An Add-On to your policy of “Cancel for Any Reason” or “Trip Interruption” at an additional fee may cover trip interruption caused by a sudden Pet illness or emergency .that causes you to cancel your flight or trip.

Additional Pet Travel Insurance may cover your Pet during their travel and while away from home on vacation or abroad.


Eusoh Covers My Pets when we travel overseas
Eusoh Covers My Pets when we travel overseas

There are 4  Kinds of Pet Health Insurance Coverage

  1. Comprehensive–Covers Illness, Accidents, Wellness, Emergencies and Dental
  2. Accident, Illness and Death
  3. Wellness
  4. Dental

What Kind of Pet Insurance Do You Need? Answer These Questions

  • Do You Have $1,000 to $5,000 for a Pet’s Emergency Needs? If Yes, You may be not need comprehensive insurance. You may want only major medical such as cancer or other life-threatening diseases.
  • Can You Budget $15 to $50 Per Month?  This can easily cover Pet Illness and Emergency.
  • Can You Budget more than $50. You can insure your Pet’s needs for Comprehensive coverage.

I travel full time and sometimes with my Pets: Chihiro and Sophie. Eusoh is one of the few companies that covers care while I am traveling out of my state and out of the US. I have been to Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico and now in Thailand. My kitties are covered. Their prices are affordable and give real coverage and peace of mind.


Eusoh Pet Insurance Covers Travel Overseas
Eusoh Pet Insurance Covers Travel Overseas

What is the Cost of Pet Health Insurance Based On?

  • Your Choice of Accident or Comprehensive Pet Insurance.
  • What Deductible you Choose.  (The higher the deductible, the less the monthly premium)
  • Pet’s Breed (Some Breeds are more prone to Health problems such as Snub Nose Dogs and Cats)
  • Pet’s Age
  • Pre-Existing Conditions
  • If you Choose a Co-Pay and How Much
  • Your Zip Code
  • Reimbursement of Costs After You Pay or Direct Pay at time of Service
  • If there is a Maximum Yearly or Lifetime Payout
  • See Our Full List of What Is the Cost of Pet Insurance Based on Below…

Sophie Cat with her Pet Travel Carrier Ready for Travel
Sophie Ready for Travel

Pet Health Insurance Cost FactorsConsideration for Your Pets
Age Limit or MinimumDoes Coverage Decline and Your Pet Ages?
Pre Existing Condition CoverageIs an Exam Required to Determine Pre-Existing Conditions
Waiting Period1=5-30 Days is Common and up to 1 Year for Hip Dysplasia or Ligament Issues
Rehabilitative TreatmentIncluding Treatment such as Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care
Exam FeesAre X-Rays, Annual Wellness Exams or Exams when Your Pet Swallows Something Foreign
Prescription Supplements or Special DietsYour Pet May Require Regular Medications or Special Diet Food or Supplements as they Age
Final/Burial Expense
Elective SurgeriesRarely Covered DeClawing, Tail Docking, Ear Cropping
Preventative or Wellness CareSpay, Neuter, Teeth Cleaning, Vaccinations
Breeding Costs
Reimbursement or Direct PayWill You Pay First and Make a Claim or Does the Vet Bill Directly to the Insurance?
Pay Out LimitsMost have a maximum payout for services per year or Pet
DeductiblesHow Much You Pay BEFORE the Insurance Pays. Usually per year, The Higher the Deductible, the Lower the Premium
Your Zip Code Affects Your Premium RateClaims History of Your City, State or Neighborhood
Dental CareCleanings, Extractions ect.
DiscountsAsk for Multi-Pet, Spayed or Neutered, Group or Military Discounts
Full/Comprehensive or Accident and Illness Only
Choice of Clinic or HospitalCan You Choose Your Clinic or Hospital or Your Insurance Companies’ Network?
Can you use any Veterinarian or Hospital or Do You need to find one in the Plan’s NetworkCan You Choose to Use Your Own Vet or a Vet in another City or Do You Have to Use a Vet in Your Insurance Companies’ Network?
Trip, Holiday or Travel Abroad
CompanionPetTravel.com Pet Health Insurance Cost Factors

When Traveling with Pets, ensure you have adequate liability coverage for your Dog or Cat from the airline or an outside insurer.

Airlines have limits on liability insurance for baggage, but you should be able to declare a higher value (with a higher fee).

See All My Information for Pet Travel Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets

What is the Average Cost of Pet Insurance in 2022?

For 2021, the average Pet Insurance for Dogs or Cats is about $600 per year.. See North American Pet Health Insurance Association

I save money and ensure my two cats, Chihiro and Sophie are covered when we travel out of Colorado and overseas with Eusoh. I’ve priced so many insurance companies and few cover issues while traveling. Eusoh provides coverage and compensation when we are overseas. Here’s their latest code for a discount:

$4 off the $17 monthly subscription price with code LUCKY Type in LUCKY as ambassador code or promo code. Discounted price is for one year.

Eusoh Covers Pets While Traveling
Eusoh Covers Pets While Traveling

Is My Pet Insured by My HomeOwners or Renters Insurance?

Homeowners or Renters Insurance usually cover you if your pet injures someone or another Pet or damages their property and you’re legally responsible, whether the incident occurs inside your home or not. (some Breeds will often be excluded), but not damage to your own property by your own Pet.


Although some homeowners insurance and renters insurance policies may include coverage for Pets under the special limits of “personal property”, the coverage is usually limited to specified events or occurances.

Accidents, illness, and injuries would not usually be a covered event. Many homeowner’s policies have exclusions regarding coverage of Pets. If you are traveling with Dogs, check out Eusoh with their New Prices for Dogs at $75 per month. A great bargain for peace of mind while traveling.


Eusoh member's Pet are covered while traveling
Eusoh member’s Pet are covered while traveling

Finding Pet Health Coverage for Pet Travel is not so easy. Few companies cover your pet while out of the US. Eusoh is one of the few that provide quality coverage overseas. I’m trust them with my two kitties.

Happy Travels!

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.

13 Pet Friendly Airports and Amenities for You and Pets

Years ago, airports were just a place where people wait for their flight. Today, even airports have become tourist spots for travelers. With all the most incredible amenities they have, waiting for your next flight will never be an exhausting experience again.

Here are some of the best amenities international airports provide that pets and their companions can genuinely enjoy.


1.      GO SEE A MOVIE

If you are most travelers who come to the airport early, you’ve probably had some time to spare. Nowadays, airport companies have recognized that airports are not only places to wait for your next flight. Pets can stay at the Hong Kong Airport Day Care for exercise while you take in a flick.

There are now airports that have movie theaters for travelers to enjoy. In fact, the Hong Kong International Airport has its UA IMAX Theater which can be found in Terminal 2 on Level 6. It is open from 11 am until 10 pm. So you can catch the latest new film releases as you wait for your flight schedule. I enjoyed the one in Seoul South Korea during my 7 hour layover in May 2021.


2.       DON’T FORGET YOUR SWIM SUIT

It is known all over the world how great Singapore’s Changi airport is. In fact, you can probably even consider it as a tourist destination as it is. Just to take a traveler’s experience to the next level, the Changi airport has a rooftop pool found in Terminal 1. It is a Balinese-themed pool and even a Jacuzzi. The pool area is open from 7 am until 11 pm every day. If you are staying at the Ambassador Transit Hotel, you can access these amenities for free. If not, you can pay $13, and you even get a complimentary non-alcoholic drink.


3. IT’S LIKE VEGAS IN NASHVILE–HAVE A DRINK WHILE YOU SHOP AND LOOK AT ART

The Nashville International Airport was able to get an airport-wide license for both beer and liquor. The introduction of drinks on the go in the airport allowed the passengers to bring their liquor anywhere they want to go.

Instead of staying in the bar, passengers can go and enjoy the other amenities the airport can offer them. Plus, they offer services such as a manicure and a massage. There are also local art exhibits and live music to enjoy. How else to enjoy Nashville other than enjoying their music scene.


4.  LONELY ROBOTS

I can’t forget the little lonely Robots I encountered in May 2021. He was just meandering around Seoul International Airport looking for someone’s luggage to carry.

My encounter with a couple of lonely Robots at the Seoul International Airport in May 2021–Stephanie Anne Fling

5. YOGA STUDIO

When you go to the San Francisco International Airport, you can find a yoga studio to relax and unwind. The airport has a 150-square -foot yoga studio located in Terminal 2. More than that, travelers have complimentary 24-hour use of the yoga studio. Additionally, passengers also have access to a reflection room which is excellent for those who wish to meditate. Finally, for those who want to get either a facial, massage, or even a manicure and pedicure, they can avail of it at the XpresSpa.


6.  BRACHIOSAURUS DINOSAUR SKELETON

Imagine having a museum in an airport, in Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and you don’t have to imagine. For those who love natural history, they got the 72-foot long Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Skeleton on loan from the Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. This dinosaur skeleton is known to be one of the largest in the entire world. More than that, it stands at four stories high, indeed a sight to behold. For those who wish to witness this natural history wonder, you can find it at Terminal 1.


7.       24-HOUR VETERINARY CARE

Any pet owner knows how heartbreaking it is to leave their pets at home. As pet owners, we would also want to bring our pets the kind of joy they can provide us. We are not talking about just bringing our furry friends to the dog park but perhaps a little further and maybe beyond a few oceans. Aside from being a cute stress reliever, pets, especially dogs, can serve as therapy dogs. There are people with mental illnesses who have their dogs trained to work with them in case of an emergency. At the JFK International Airport, they know how important pets are and have provided 24-hour Veterinary Care to their travelers.


8.       DOGS DO THEIR BUSINESS

There is no doubt that our pets can be quite messy when they want to play. When they relieve themselves, it can also cause some sanitary problems in certain places. At the Calgary International Airport in Canada, there is no need to worry about your furry friend and to meet their needs. They also have a daycare facility that caters to the needs of basically any pet or traveling animal in the airport.

See also, Dogs in Airports: Where to Go When Dogs Have to “Go”


9.       VISIT DOGS AT POOCHIE PARK

Waiting for hours for your flight can be boring not just for you but also for your pet. You may have your smartphones to keep you occupied but not your furry friends. At the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport, they have a dog park called the Poochie park dedicated to dogs running to their heart’s content before boarding. Even pet relief stations are complete with fake hydrants to ensure that your pets feel at home and comfortable.


10.       43,000 SQ. FT OF PET DAYCARE

Perhaps one of the best airport worldwide amenities pets can truly enjoy the Animal lounge found in Frankfurt Airport in Germany. They have a 4000 square meter facility that can meet the needs of basically any animal possible. The Frankfurt International Airport caters to animals, including house pets like dogs, cats, fish, and even horses. But their offered amenities do not end there, and their animal lounge can also cater to bigger animals like polar bears and rhinos. So no pet owner would ever have to worry about their pets, for they provide round-the-clock care for all the animals that enter their doorway.


11.     FREE MASSAGE CHAIRS AND SHOWERS

During a long layover you can freshen-up at the world-class Seoul Incheon International Airport with their free massage chairs and free showers in the airport’s “Relax Zone” on the 4th floor passenger terminal, and a few cute robots strolling around the concourse offering to carry your carry-on or shopping bags.


12.     GET YOUR WORKOUT WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR PLANE

Tired of casual stroll through the terminal window shopping? You can get some exercise on the 2, 1k Cardio Trails at Baltimore Washington International.   


13.     CATCH SOME CHEAP ZZZZs in a CAPSULE POD

Right in the airport, capsule pods are great for long layovers, 1 day stopovers or those really early flights–and they come with lounge access. Heathrow International Airport provides comfortable, quiet and clean pods for rent to get your zzzz’s.

Going to new places is one of the most exciting things anyone can ever think of. Therefore, it is crucial to know the places you will visit in more detail to prepare for whatever is in store for you.


Airlines that Allow Emotional Support Dogs 2022

Airlines that allow ESAs in 2022 are: Westjet, China Air, Latam, Norwegian AIr, Singapore Air, Virgin Australia, Volaris, Air France, Asiana Air, KLM, and Lufthansa.

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

As of March 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation rescinded the protections emotional support animals enjoyed for years.

This new ruling’s regulation allows airlines to choose if they want to allow emotional support animals on their flights.  They were given discretion to say yes or no to your ESA.

Now, in 2022 Airlines Can Choose Not to Allow ESAs on a Plane.Since March 2021a couple of significant changes have happened as a result.

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.

You have really only to look at the incidence of unruly human passengers flying on airlines in the last year to see that poor behaved animals is not as much an issue as the Airlines protest.

Further, 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.

While Emotional Support Animals are no longer accepted, 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.

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.

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 Government Registry for Emotional Support Animals

It is important to remember with all the private companies offer to register your ESA, that there is NO official registry for ESAs, and no official certificate.

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

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
Chart of 14 Airlines for Pet Carrier Sizes for Pets In Cabin

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


Pet Friendly Bangkok in 2022

Dogs and Cats in Bangkok Thailand: Where to Live, Play and Eat with our Furry Friends in the heart of this immense City in 2022.

Pet Transport with Pets in Bangkok–Getting Around Town

Dog Parks and Malls in Bangkok

Veterinarians in Bangkok

Pet Friendly Restaurants and Cafes in Bangkok

Pet Friendly Neighborhoods in Bangkok

Pet Stores & Gourmet Pet Food in Bangkok

Is Bangkok Thailand Pet Friendly?

Thailand and Thais love and are very accepting of Dogs about town and in restaurants. It’s the infrastructure that’s the problem. Traffic congestion, too many narrow sidewalks full of vendors, commuters and street Dogs all inhibit getting around easily, let alone with a Dog by your side.

Still, Bangkok offers many beautiful parks, enclave living communities and cafes that are very Pet-Friendly.

Living here, I know that changing your routine of your Dog walks is key to finding happiness with your Dog here in Bangkok. 

Walking out the door with fido on a leash and having a leisurely walk to a local park likely requires you carefully choose your accommodation.  A car ride or Pet stroller is best for transportation to a local park or restaurant as Pets are not allowed on most public transportation such as the BTS or MRT.


Small Dog and Pet Parent in Bangkok Old Town
Small Dog and Pet Parent in Bangkok Old Town

Getting Around Bangkok with Pets

GrabPet, Private Taxis and your own Car or Scooter/motorbike is just about the only way to get around Bangkok Thailand with a Dog, Cat or any other Pet. The BTS Skytrain, MRT, and Water transport are not Pet-Friendly. Here’s a profile of how to get around Bangkok with your Pet.

1. GrabPet

GrabPet Bangkok is a Pet Friendly Taxi Transport
GrabPet Bangkok is a Pet Friendly Taxi Transport

Grab is the most popular car service in Thailand.  There is no Uber here.

GrabPet began in October 2021 and GrabPet is a ride-hailing service for passengers traveling with Pets.

They offers both on-demand and advance booking service to anyplace in Bangkok and vicinity area. Starting at 95 Baht ($3) for normal GrabPet and 145 Baht ($4.50)for GrabPet XL.

All GrabPet driver-partners are trained to handle and transport with pets.

Pet in-car accident compensation – automatically insured to compensate for all pets onboard

The new service offers vehicles in two sizes:

  1. GrabPet’s normal-sized cars for Pets: Small and Medium size with a maximum height of 41 cm., Up to 2 Pets and 2 humans.
  2. GrabPet XL’s SUVs for is for Larger sized Dogs with a height over 41 cm, Up to 1 Large Dog or 2 Small and Medium sized Pets, and up to 2 people.

GrabPets in Bangkok allows:

  1. Dogs: Leashed or crated (if dogs are aggressive such as Pit Bull and Rottweiler, they must be muzzled.)
  2. Cats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils, Chinchillas, Hedgehogs, Squirrels,
  3. Fish, Turtles, Crabs, Frogs
  4. No Birds or Snakes allowed

Grab has vehicle in many sizes at a number of price levels and even a Female Driver for Females only rides.

2. Bangkok Pet Taxi

BangkokPetTaxi.com started from a group of animal lovers.  In the beginning we were a group of friends who took care of each other’s pets when needed. We love and adore animals, and continuously cared for them until we decided to form a team, put our skills to good use and run a pet shuttle service.

Bangkok Pet Taxi use SUV-big car for service, It’s fit for 2 big dogs or 2-3 middle dogs.

Cost: The price excludes car park & any toll fee.

  • 1-10 km : $12/400Baht
  • 1-20 km : $18/600Baht
  • 1-30 km : $24/800Baht
  • WhatApps : BangkokPetTaxi
  • Line ID : BangkokPetTaxi

3. Regular City Taxis

Dogs and Cats are Welcome in Taxis in Bangkok
Dogs and Cats are Welcome in Taxis in Bangkok

You can hail a regular Pet-friendly taxi cab from a variety of taxis in Bangkok.

I almost always book online with GrabPet but, when I just walked out of the mall or grocery with all my bags there is always a line of taxis waiting outside.

Sometimes it’s just easier to take a regular taxi and not wait for GrabPet.

Be sure when booking to use Line or Whatsapp and Be sure to ask for a Pet-friendly taxi and when they arrive, that they turn on the meter or you negotiate the fare in advance.

Pet Friendly Dog Parks and Malls in Bangkok

1. Trail and Tail

Trail and Tail is one of Bangkok’s most pet-loving communities. The whole space measures 21,000 square feet.

Amenities for your Dog, include a dedicated Dog Park—one indoor and another outdoor including a sensory planting area with herbs lemongrass pandan leaves, dill and more.

You can sign up your fur baby for a variety of activities including basic and advanced obedience course and socialization.

There’s Pet-friendly Kofuku Hotel for Cats and Dogs with 24/7 caretakers available, a lovely small café and Dogkery a Dog Bakery where Dogs are allowed to run free at this pet-friendly cafe. 

You can stop by the “Moggie Doggie” Pet Shop with specialty treats including ice cream or the HATO Pet Wellness Center, the world’s first veterinarian-supervised Pet clinic or have tea and lunch with your Dog at Tea Factory and More

Open daily from 10:00– 19:00, 95 Sukhumvit 39, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110.

2. Central Festival Eastville

Central Festival Eastville is a Dog-friendly mall in Bangkok. Here, Dogs can play and wander around an outdoor park that has a fully fenced playground with AstroTurf and an obstacle course for entertainment.

After a run around outside, you can rent a doggie cart and bring your Dog inside to shop in some areas.

The mall includes The Pet Safari, a pet store with a grooming salon and dog-sitting services.

Just like Trail and Tail, there’s a Dogkery Café and you can have lunch or coffee with your furry friend.

Open daily 10:30–22:00 69 Pradit Manuthum Road, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230

Related: 10 Homemade Mosquito and Flea Repellents for your Dog

3. The Commons Thonglor

The Commons at is an up-and-coming, open-plan, casual, lifestyle space with Dog-friendly play space and eateries

With many local and international eateries, it’s great for mingling with other Dogs and Pet lovers.

There’s also a “Puppy Parking” area outside the ground floor food section to tether leashed Dogs, something that may be odd for many farang.

Open daily 8:00–1:00 am., 335 Thonglor 17, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110

Min Thu Cycling at Pet-Friendly Nong Bon Lake 31 Dec 2019 Bangkok
Image: Min Thu Cycling at Nong Bon Lake 31 Dec 2019

4. Nong Bon Lake Bungnonbon Park

A lovely 30 minute drive out of Bangkok center is Nong Bon Lake State Park. Nearly the entire sports complex is Dog friendly so you can enjoy the lake, boating, or just stroll around the grounds. 

You can rent a bike at Happy Bike Café for about $9 or enjoy the 4km double-lane bike path around the lake.

There’s no entrance fee to the park. There aren’t any food and drink facilities to speak of but the Happy Cup cafe attached to the bike shop sells drinks, pastries, snacks and a small selection of meals.

Still, even though there are no eateries, it’s a good reason to pack a lunch and have a picnic.

5. Dog Park 49

Dog Park 49, located in 49Playscape, is a venue designed specifically for Pet Parents and Pups.

The venue is boards Dogs if you cannot take your Pet on your travel or for about $8 you can have access to their park area and run around with other pups.  Or you buy a coconut and sit at the café and enjoy the space.

The space is well designed and maintained. There’s both an indoor and outdoor parks where Dogs can socialize with each other along with an aquatic center with a pool.

On-site is a popular dog-grooming spa and a Doggy day-care and hotel. It’s near another popular veterinarian, Sukhumvit 49 Veterinarian Hospital.

Open 900 to 1900, 49, 8/3 Sukhumvit 49, Bangkok 10110.

6. K Village

K Village, located between Sukhumvit 24 and 26, is an upscale Pet-friendly mall with stylish boutiques and restaurants and a farmer’s market.  There are also smaller, local vendors along the walkway.

The ground floor has lots of Pet-friendly cafes, and restaurants, along with a couple of small pet stores.

There’s plenty of shade and open spaces to walk your Dog, as well as a patio area that serves as a prominent gathering spot for dog owners to relax and socialize in.

You might be interested in the weekly dog-training classes too.

Open 10:00-22:00, 93, 95 Sukhumvit 26, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110.

Strollers are So Very Popular for Pets In Bangkok
Strollers are So Very Popular for Pets In Bangkok

7. BMA Dog Park

BMA Dog Park is a free dog park located near Bangkok’s city center. This is a great, clean location for a stroll with your dogs and is safe enough for dogs to wander around off their leash.

They have three fenced zones inside and water taps to quench your Pup’s thirst (don’t forget to bring a bowl).

A small wading pool is available for a quick wash-off or cool-off for you Pup.

The park is pretty quiet venue, decent parking and public toilets. There is also a shaded area ideal for walks on extra sunny days.

Wacharaphol, Bang Khen, Bangkok 10220

Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Bangkok

Pet-Friendly Bangkok Cafe Coffee and Puppy
Image of Coffee&Puppy Belongs to: TimeOut.com

1. Roast Thonglor

At the Commons, is an up-and-coming, open-plan, casual, lifestyle space with Dog-friendly play space and eateries that combines indoor shopping and outdoor terraces.

With many local and international eateries here, Roast Thonglor is a good place to be seen, people-watch and mingle with other Dogs and Pet Parents.

Themed around multi-cuisine comfort food inspired by the Chef’s palate and journeys, Roast Thonglor invites diners to enjoy creations such as their Grilled Seabass and Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes.

The alfresco seating section here also welcomes Dog to come in and relax with you for a great meal.

The COMMONS 335 Thonglor 17 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok

2. Coffee & Puppy

If you’re staying a bit farther North in Bangkok, a visit to Coffee & Puppy is a delightful Pet-friendly café, bakery and eatery with classes and their own Pet Menu.

Take your pup for a day out and enjoy a meal with them at Coffee & Puppy. At this pet cafe, the menu is extensive.

Coffee & Puppy serves gourmet, healthy and homemade dishes for both you and your Dog to enjoy and they only use the freshest and best quality ingredients.

Open:11:30 to 22:00, Wednesday through Sunday. 36/3-4 Chaengwatthana Road, Thung Song Hong, Lak si, Bangkok 10210

3. Siri House

This Dog-friendly enclave in the Ratchaprasong area features a number of eateries including Luka, Quince and Jacqueline Bar.

This Pet-Friendly hub also has greenery, lovely sitting areas and is nice secluded-feeling space to have an afternoon or evening out with your Pup and other friends.

14/2 Soi Somkid, Phloen Chit Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok

See Also, Pet Travel: Essentials for Flying with Pets

4. Luka Bangkok Café

They describe the place as a Hip, bohemian eatery with an international menu & breakfast fare, plus coffee & specialty drinks. We can add that it is Pet-Friendly too!

Along Pan Road in Silom, the former ‘50s shophouse serves comfort food from Mexican cuisine, gourmet salads, baked goods, a nice selection of in-house brewed coffees and teas.

You’ll find the concrete flooring especially cool for your Dogs to relax and cool-off.

Luka, 64/3 Thanon Pan, Silom, Bangkok

5. H Dining

Good vibe, good food, good fit-for-a-picnic space: these three concepts come together at H Dining.

This venue offers a variety of dishes for any time of day. Probably best known for their spread of sourdough bread and pastries curated by Chef Kanta “Toiting” Siddidharm who had her former tenures at Noma and Gaa.

With such a high profile of culinary experience, you know her baked goods won’t disappoint. Another plus is H Dining is Pet-loving, so bring along your buddies.

4 Soi Sangchai, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok

6. Vistro Bangkok

Vistro Bangkok has been fueling the city with healthy vegan menu and with its Pet-friendly dining space. The plant-based restaurant also offers a sustainable vegan lifestyle to both you, your pups, and your kitties. So, for plant-based pet lovers, Vistro could totally be your new spot to hang.

46/1 Sukhumvit 24, Klongton, Bangkok

7. Dog in Town

This Dog friendly café is also a Dog hotel. Enjoy simple snacks like sandwiches and burgers while your Pup socializes with Dog in Town’s own 7 Dog residents.  You’re Pup is sure to find there’s always other friendly companions to play with in this quiet little space.

Open 11:00 to 21:00, 16/1Ekkamai 6, Klong Tan Nuea, Bangkok 10110

8. Hungry Pack & Playscape 49

Dog Friendly Café along Sukhumvit Soi 49

This very popular café within Dog Park 49 has a nice pool, playground and a menu including Eggs Benedict, Waffles & Fried Chicken Western, Shrimp Wraps, Calamari, desserts and coffees.

Open 09:00 to 19:00, 8/3 Soi Sukhumvit 49, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana Bangkok 10110

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