Being well prepared before traveling with your Pit Bull is
crucial to having a good trip, especially if he will be going on
an airplane with you. There are several things you will need so
that your Pit Bull is allowed to board the plane, and many
things you should take care of before leaving.
When you call the airline to arrange your flight, you should go
ahead and let them know then that your Pit Bull will be
traveling with you. Different countries have different
guidelines for pets, so your airline should be able to give you
specific instructions depending on where you are planning to go.
At this time, you should also find out what the airlines rules
and regulations are, so that you can be prepared in advance. It
is a good idea to call back around two weeks before your
scheduled flight to make sure you have everything taken care of.
Surprises at the last minute can delay your plans, or stop you
from going altogether.
It is not required usually that your pet have a medical exam
before flying with you, but it is a good idea, so that any
potential problems can be taken care of by your own
veterinarian. You will also need to get a certificate from your
veterinarian regarding the health of your Pit Bull. There are
different guidelines for these depending on where you are
traveling to and what the airline mandates. Most require the
certificate be dated no more than ten days before the flight.
You shouldn't pack this paperwork, but rather keep it with you
while on the plane.
To make sure you don't lose your Pit Bull, make sure he wears a
collar and tag. The tag should have all of your contact
information, the date of his last rabies vaccine, and his
license. It is a good idea to also have a tag with the contact
information for a friend that can be reached, just in case.
Purchase a kennel that meets the airline's requirements, and
make sure that you have identification on both the inside and
outside of it, just as an extra precaution.
Anything that you put inside your Pit Bull's crate should be
firmly attached to it. You should check with your airline to
find out exactly what is allowed. Feed your Pit Bull around four
hours before your estimated departure time, and take extra food
and water with you, just in case you are late leaving the
If you take all the necessary precautions, and follow your
airlines recommendations, traveling by airplane with your Pit
Bull should be easy and enjoyable for you both.