If you would like to travel with your pet from Dublin Airport to the rest of the world, then you have come to the right place. Here is some useful information that you will need to consider before you jump on that flight.
Pet documentation needed
When it comes to travel you will need to make sure that your pet has the following documentation to ensure a hassle free trip. All airlines expect similar documentation.
- Up to date vaccination records
- A pet passport
- Microchip (Some airlines don’t ask for this, but it is better to have in case your pet gets lost.)
- A health certificate from a veterinarian.
Call the airline beforehand
Contacting the airline beforehand is imperative. This will ensure that your pet has a booked spot. Airlines become fully booked very quickly, so calling in advance is a good idea to avoid disappointment. It’s also important to note that some airlines only allow guide dogs on board, and others have different rules and regulations with regards to pet travel. Calling beforehand ensures that you follow all the correct procedures for your pet.
Follow these guidelines for a great flight
For your pet to have a safe and stress free flight, you will need to make sure of the following:
- Your pets crate needs to be big enough so that they can lie down and move around freely.
- The crate also needs to be well ventilated, secure and leak-proof
- You will need to see if your pet is allowed to travel in the cabin with you or in the cargo hold. Smaller teacup size pets are sometimes allowed to travel in the cabin with their owners, whereas bigger pets will have to travel in the cargo hold.
- Where your pet travels will depend on their weight, size and whether or not they are special assist animals, such as guide dogs.
- Traveling can be stressful for your pet, so always make sure that they are comfortable. Have a favourite toy or blanket handy for them to travel with. You can also ask your vet if there is anything you can give your dog to keep them calm during the flight.
Remember if you have any queries always contact the airline ahead of time. They will gladly assist you with any questions, to ensure that you and your pet have a safe and stress free flight.