Flying With a Large Dog

Golden Retriever

"Can My Large Dog Fly In-Cabin?"

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm desperately trying to find a way my dog can ride in the cabin of a plane to relocate to Japan.

She is 40 pounds, so "too large" by all standards I can find, but I'm hoping someone can give me an alternative (service dog, therapy dog, specific airline?). We are too scared for her to fly under the plane in cargo.

Thanks,

Jennifer

 

Hi Jennifer,


Thanks for contacting us! Unfortunately the short answer to your question is "probably not." Please see more about your dog shipping options or read on for more details.

The cabin vs. cargo dilemma is a common question about pet shipping, as many pet owners are not aware of the conditions within airplane cargo holds and are afraid of transporting their pets that way. A 40-pound dog is indeed too large to travel in-cabin on most (if not all) airlines and will have to ride as cargo.

Apart from very small pets, only trained and certified service or support dogs with legitimate documentation are sometimes allowed to accompany their owners in-cabin. If your dog is not a certified assistance dog and you are simply trying to find a way around following pet air travel regulations, you will not be allowed to fly your pet in-cabin.

It sounds like you have concerns about cargo travel, but deeper research shows that flying a pet as cargo is very safe and may in fact be more comfortable for your dog. Check out this post where we address questions about flying pets as cargo and another where we disprove myths about shipping pets as cargo.

You'll see that cargo holds are pressurized and climate-controlled and aren't that different from the conditions in which human passengers fly in the cabin. Assuming you book with a pet-friendly airline (such as United) and that your dog's crate is airline-approved and appropriately-sized, your pet should ride safely and comfortably as cargo on his trip to Japan.

If you have any more questions about pet transport to Japan and are interested in hiring some assistance, be sure to contact us for a consultation. We've helped many pets travel safely via cargo and would be happy to discuss your questions and concerns.

Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

 

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Jennifer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Soft coated Wheaton/Golden retriever mix
From: United States
To: Tokyo, Japan


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Author:

PetRelocation Team

Topic:

Air Travel, Airlines, Ask the Experts

Pet:

Dogs

Country:

United States, Japan

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By Kristi on December 26, 2017 at 8:48 am

We have a Boston terrier and have read that this bread could suffer in a cargo hold. Is this true?
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on December 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

Hello Kristi,

Thanks for reaching out! While you will need to take extra precautions for snub-nosed breeds, like Boston Terriers, it is not unsafe for them to fly. Please read through some of our tips and tricks for preparing snub-nosed breeds for travel here to learn how to make your dog's travels as safe as possible. Also since every dog handles traveling and stress differently, it's important to speak with your vet to determine if your dog is healthy enough to travel.

We hope this helps!
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