i have a 7 month old brussels griffon he is apx 12 lbs and is 14" tall however, i notice that almost all the carry on bags for pets run 11.5" or less in height. airline reg ualation say that it must fit under the seat which is apx 8" in height. yet i see people carryon dogs a little larger than mine what kind of carrier are they using? i am flying out in a couple of weeks and really would like to carry my pup as my carry on
If I were you, I'd go there in the next couple of days and bring him with you, that way they'd probably be able to let you know if you can or not.
Dont want to wait until the last minutes and then have him be put in the cargo hold. And I think some flights have a limit of how many animals can be on the plane (as carry-on) and that it's really up to the pilot to decide or not....
You would use a soft sided carrier. I am pretty sure they allow them still, just as long as the carrier says it fits the air port regulations. I actually think you can take him our once you take off too during the flight, so don't worry if it is not too comfortable as you can take him out of it at take off. I wouldn't travel without our dogs anyday either! =)
***Edited By: mommamia on 1/15/2006 11:53:30 AM*** Reason: sp.
Use a sherpa bag (soft sided carrier) and you can easily carry your dog on the plane. We carried my 25lb beagle on board always.. he just layed down and went to sleep. don't sit on the isle as those seats have less room under the seat in front. The dogs just go to sleep and I've never had a problem EVER with flying a dog this way.
I have traveled with my 12 week puggle using a soft sided carrier. They actually let me but him on my lap. Also if your worried about how you dog will do you can go to your vet and ask for valium for your dog and it will relax him. I haven't done this yet but my friend has and i am thinking of trying it next time.
We just recently took Speedy to Phoenix via American Airlines. He also traveled "in cabin" with us and did great. We used a sherpa bag and he also slept all the way there. We took him out of the sherpa while in the airport and he sat in our lap. We did not take him out during the flight.
I would highly recommend against medicating prior to a flight. From what I have read it is not good for the dog.
If you decide to take your dog with you, you may want to carry some treats with you. I gave Speedy treats on take off and landing so he would be chewing during both. Chewing seems to help with clearing my ears so I thought why not try it for him.
He never had a problem during the whole flight. (I was really proud of him).
Hope this helps!
Speedy's ticket was 80.00 each way via American Airlines. It was well worth it. He was a rescue and leaving him at the kennel was not an option.
***Edited By: Speedys Mom on 1/18/2006 3:52:30 PM*** Reason: Edited to add information.