Chelsea: I like to tell people to remember that flying feels different for everyone ... and every pet. Like humans, pressure will build up in a dog’s ears during takeoff and landing. You may notice him pawing at his ears or shaking his head. Giving him a toy to gnaw on or a few hard, chewy treats during elevation changes will help to lessen the discomfort, similar to how chewing gum can help relieve the pressure for humans.
Also, everyone gets dehydrated on planes, including pups. While you don’t want to give him too much water during the flight, you should make sure your dog drinks water before you board and, on longer flights, bring a portable water dish for him.
Rachel: Always take your pup for a potty break at the airport before you board. Most major airports have pet relief areas where you can take him to do his business before you get on the plane. And know that even the best-trained dogs might have a potty accident when they’re in an unfamiliar environment, so line his or her travel crate with a puppy pad, just in case.
I also like to remind people who are prepping for a flight that it can get cold on the plane! Bring a blanket to help keep little dogs from shivering. Plus, a familiar blanket and toys from home can help them feel more at ease during the flight.
Jonathan: My biggest piece of advice is to make yourself familiar with the airline’s pet policies and don’t assume that they are the same across different air carriers. Also, talk to the people around you. Let them know you have a furry companion. Being friendly and upfront usually diffuses any tension that other passengers might feel about flying with a pet nearby.