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Dogs Flying High - Fun Stuff to Know

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 5:46:45 PM America/Chicago

Things to know when you fly with your pet.

No one wants to travel without their best friend but traveling with a dog can be tricky. Every airline has it’s own rules and fees and it can get pretty confusing. So, here’s a handy guide to the dog eat dog world of flying with pets in the United States.


Air Canada almost lives up to the stereotype.

  • They allow: cats and dogs
  • For: $50-100 each way in cabin and $105 one way in checked baggage
  • In a kennel: in cabin - Not exceeding 21.5″ L x 15.5″ W x 9″ H (Hard-sided kennels ) or 21.5″ L x 15.5″ W x 10.5″ (soft-sided kennels) and under  22 lbs. (for both pet and carrier). In checked baggage - a carrier must be no more than 115″ in linear dimensions (L + W + H).

Note:You can’t bring your pet with you in-cabin if you’re traveling in Premium Economy, International Business Class, or on one of Air Canada’s three-cabin Boeing 777-300ER (77W) aircraft.

American Airlines  has some interestingly specific rules.


  • They allow: seven or fewer cats and dogs over 8 weeks old
  • For: $125 in cabin and $175 in checked baggage (no charge for service animals)
  • In a kennelunder 19″ L x 13″ W x 9″ H and 20 lbs. (both pet and carrier) with space for your pet to turn around.

Note: Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs and cats are not allowed as checked luggage

Delta Air Lines doesn’t just hand out blankets, they have an inclusive pet policy.

  • They allow: up to four animals: dogs, cats, household birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, and marmots, over 10 weeks old, in the main cabin (two if in an upgraded class) and reptiles, amphibians and fish as cargo
  • For: $125 in cabin each way
  • In a kennel: under 40” L x 27” W x 30” H and 31 lbs.

Note:Two pets between 10 weeks and 6 months of age are allowed to travel in the same kennel if they are of comparable size and weigh less than 20 lbs. each, and will be charged as one pet.

JetBlue offers the second best pet policy.

  • They allow: a limited number of pets (must call in advance) over 8 weeks old
  • For: $100 in cabin each way
  • In a kennelunder 17” L x 12.5” W x 8.5”  x 8.5” H and 20 lbs.

Note: TrueBlue members with pets earn 300 TrueBlue points for each pet fee paid

Baby Hope's doppelganger is flying high.

Baby Hope’s doppelganger is flying high.

Southwest Airlineswith its two free bags policy, regularly proves itself the thriftiest airline and its pet policy does not disappoint.

  • They allow: five or fewer small vaccinated over 8 weeks old cats and dogs under the seat in front of you
  • For: $95 in cabin each way
  • In a kennel: under 19″ L x 14″ W x 8.25″ H

United Airlines will help you keep you and your pet together.

  • They allow: four or fewer (one in upgraded classes) over 8 weeks old cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds  under the seat in front of you
  • For: $125 in cabin each way
  • In a kennelunder 17.5 ” L x 12 ” W x 7.5 ” (hard-sided) or 8″ L x 11″ W x 11″ H (soft sided)

Note: There is a $125 service charge for each over 4 hour stopover in the U.S.

US Airways wants your pet out of the belly of the plane.

  • They allow: one over 8 weeks old small dog, cat, or bird in-cabin and no pets in the cargo compartment
  • For: $125 in cabin each way
  • In a kennelunder 17 ” L  x 16 ” W x 8″ H (hard-sided) or 17″ L  x 16″ W  x 10″H (soft sided)

Note: Emotional support/service animals are allowed in-cabin. To make arrangements call Reservations at (800) 433-7300 at least 48 hours before your flight.

Boo Virgin America

Virgin America measures up to the hype when it comes to pet passage pricing.

  • They allow: one over 8 weeks old cat or dog in-cabin and no pets in the cargo compartment
  • For: $100 in cabin each way
  • In a kennelunder 18″ L x 15″ W x 8” H and 20 lbs, which must fit under the seat in front of you (soft recommended)

Note: Emotional support/service animals an ID card, harness, and a licensed medical professional’s letter to prove their necessity. They are not required to have a carrier.



Remember to always check with the specific airline before you fly and register your pet beforehand for the benefit of any other passengers with allergies.

Comments | Posted By Stanford Milnes

Pet Heat Stress

Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:01:52 PM America/Chicago

Pet Heat Stress Risks

Heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke or heat prostration are increasingly severe levels of the same basic condition.

Any dog can suffer from heat stress, but dogs who are most susceptible include the very young and old; any dog with a history of heat stress; breeds with flat faces or short noses; and dogs who are overweight, physically inactive, have cardiovascular disease, or respiratory problems. Some prescription drugs may increase the risk.

The symptoms of heat stress include profuse panting, salivation, an anxious expression, staring without seeing, failing to respond to commands, skin that is warm and dry, fever, rapid pulse, fatigue or exhaustion, muscular weakness, and physical collapse.

The symptoms of heat stroke or heat prostration can include a warm nose and foot pads, glazed eyes, heavy panting, rapid pulse, a dark red tongue, fever, dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, immobility, and unconsciousness. Brain damage occurs when the body’s temperature reaches 106o to 107oF. A dog’s normal temperature is 100.5o to 101.5oF

If your dog experiences any of the above symptoms, provide immediate first aid. Your rapid response may save your dog’s life.

Reduce your dog’s temperature by moving her into shade and immersing her gradually into cool water, such as in a stream, pond, fountain, horse trough, bath tub, or wading pool. Otherwise, wet the dog thoroughly, pouring a continuous stream of cool water over her body, beginning with the head and extremities, from a hose, watering can, bottle, or pan. If possible, apply ice packs to her head and neck. Apply wet towels to her abdomen, groin, legs, head, and neck.

If you can, take your dog’s temperature and continue applying cool wet towels until it returns to normal.

As soon as possible, take your dog to a veterinary clinic. Even if she seems to have recovered, her body temperature could increase again; heat stress always carries a risk of brain damage; and depending on the dog’s age, physical condition, and the amount of time spent with an elevated temperature, complications can occur.

Comments | Posted By Stanford Milnes

Warning - Hot Cars

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:36:07 PM America/Chicago

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

If the authorities are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive.

Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get him or her out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned vehicle, and then to a veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to transport the dog yourself, take him or her into an air-conditioned building if possible and call animal control: Tell them it is an emergency.

Provide water to drink, and if possible spray the dog with a garden hose or immerse him or her in a tub of cool (but not iced) water for up to two minutes in order to lower the body temperature gradually. You can also place the dog in front of an electric fan. Applying cool, wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws can also help. Be careful not to use ice or cold water, and don’t overcool the animal.

Comments | Posted By Stanford Milnes

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:30:12 PM America/Chicago

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