Pet Travel Advice: Air Travel With Big Dogs

rhodesian ridgebackHow to Travel by Air With Large Dogs

Hi PetRelocation,

My dog is just over a 100 lbs, and I am having a hard time finding an airline that will fly a dog that large. Are there any airlines that you recommend?


Hi Ashlee,

Great question! We know that pet travel with large dogs can be somewhat challenging, so we're happy to share our experiences and advice with you.

First, take a look at this recent blog post we wrote about moving big dogs. You'll see that you may need to buy a custom travel crate, which means it's important to double check that your airline and the actual airplane can accommodate a larger kennel.

In terms of airlines, we often use pet friendly United for cross country flights. United's PetSafe program makes sure pets are the last to board the plane and the first to be unloaded, the cargo area is pressurized, and pets are kept in temperature controlled areas at all times.

Hope this helps, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions! We'd be happy to assist with planning your move if you decide you'd rather not handle it alone.

Good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Ashlee
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback
From: Jacksonville, FL
To: New York, NY


Contact PetRelocation for assistance with planning safe pet transport across country or internationally.


Photo: FastPhive/Flickr. 


PetRelocation Team


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By jeff cope on February 23, 2018 at 6:22 pm

my dog i about 75 pounds and i am tring to fly hi out with me to california is this going to be possible casue i cant get ahold of anyone and its getting to the point where i dont know what to do

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 26, 2018 at 11:57 am

Hi Jeff! It looks like one of our pet relocation consultants, Glenn, has tried to get in touch with you to discuss your move. Please feel free to give him a call or email back at your earliest convenience! We look forward to hearing from you.

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