“Can Big Dogs Travel by Air?”

Name: Kevin
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chow Chow
From: El Salvador
To: USA, Washington, D.C.


Would I be able to fly my dog from El Salvador to the USA even if it's a bit big? If so, how??

Thank you,



Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your questions. You can indeed fly your dog to the USA, as long as you meet the United States pet import requirements. In addition to the required International Health Certificate and proof of current Rabies vaccination, we recommend that all pets be microchipped before traveling.

Large dogs require large crates, and you will want to make sure that you buy the correct size airline-approved travel crate for your Chow in order to ensure his comfort and safety during travel. Check out our guide to picking the right size crate to help you make your selection.

If your pet requires a very large crate (model #700 or larger), not all aircraft may be able to carry your dog. To confirm if an airline is capable of shipping your dog, contact your chosen airline directly and ask if they have aircraft that are equipped to transport extra large travel crates. You may have to book with an airline that uses larger planes in order to get your dog to the US.

If you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks again for your questions and good luck with your move!


PetRelocation Team




United States
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