The Care and Safety of Dogs During Air Travel

Welcome to USDA APHIS Animal Care’s new resource: “Pets on a Plane”.

When travelling with your pet, there are many issues to take into consideration. “Pets on a Plane” sessions are designed for pet owners and airport personnel to help understand the factors that can improve the safety of dogs during air travel. There are videos, text lessons, and quizzes to help plan for the safe air journey of your dog and to increase the likelihood that they will arrive healthy at their final destination. The program is in two sections. The first is designed for the pet owner and the second includes information more pertinent to airline personnel. Both lessons will help you understand the needs and requirements of dogs travelling by air. We hope you find these lessons useful and will improve the safety and comfort of your pet during air travel.

Lesson 1

Receiving Pets for Air Travel
This lesson is designed for pet owners who are planning to travel with their dogs and airport personnel who have the responsibility of accepting dogs for air travel. After reviewing this lesson, you will understand the factors that can improve the safety of dogs during air travel. These factors include the suitability of the dog’s kennel, and the health and readiness of the dog for air travel. The topics for this lesson include: Inspecting the Kennel, Dog's Health and Readiness for Travel, and Travel Documentation.

Lesson 2

Care and Handling of Pets During Air Travel
This lesson is designed for airport personnel who have the responsibility for the care of dogs and handling of kennels during air travel. After reviewing this lesson you will understand many factors that can improve the safety of dogs during air travel and increase the likelihood that the dogs will arrive healthy at their final destination. These factors involve the appropriate care and handling of dogs and kennels under both normal and extreme conditions.

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