Pet Safe Airlines for Domestic Dog Travel

LabradoodlePet Friendly Air Travel Options for Dogs

Hi PetRelocation,

We are moving to the San Diego area from New York sometime between September and October 2016.

We are interested in having our 4-year-old, healthy doodle travel by plane. From my research it seems flying him as manifest cargo is the wisest option.

Can you recommend airlines who deliver top notch care? My vet is a huge supporter of this method of travel for him as well.




Hi Joanne,

It's great to hear from you—we love discussing pet friendly air travel!

First of all, you and your vet are correct. Flying pets via manifest cargo is the safest and most efficient option. That's how we fly our clients' pets, and for flights within the United States we typically choose United Airlines. Their PetSafe program has been in operation for several years and, among other things, offers temperature controlled vehicles and follows a specific protocol for handling pets.

For reference, here is more information about pet travel within the United States, including more details about how to prepare for your Labradoodle's move. 

Finally, if you're interested in hiring some assistance with this move, you're welcome to contact us here to discuss your options.

Hope this helps! Just let us know if there's anything else we can do and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Joanne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labradoodle
From: United States
To: United States


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Airlines




United States


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By Francine Savage on April 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm

I thought United stop carrying pets due to recent incidents.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 16, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Hi Francine, thanks for your comment. United Airlines did cease their pet program, but only until May 1 so that they can better evaluate their pet program. We fully expect them to re-open better than ever for pet moves later that month.  Check out our website for more information regarding our stance on United. We believe it shows their integrity as an pet safe airline and we are glad they are taking some time to heighten their protocols. Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

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