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Make an appointment with your pet's veterinarian for a check-up and make sure all vaccinations are up to date.

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Whether your dog is a Chihuahua or a Great Dane, there's a pet carrier to match.

Carriers are available in both hard-sided and soft-sided.

Soft-sided carriers are more suitable for carry-on and tend to fit better under the seat, but they're only permitted in the cabin only.

Taking his first flight can be a somewhat traumatic experience for a dog that's used to sticking his head out the car window and enjoying the sights along the way.

After all, his view just won't be the same from underneath the seat in front of you, or even worse, from the cargo hold.

But getting there can still be half the fun if you follow the ten tips below and make sure you're familiar with the Airline Pet Policy, restrictions on Pet Travel in the US, and any additional International Pet Travel restrictions at your destination.

Most airlines only allow one or two dogs on each flight, so it's important to book your dog's ticket as soon as possible.

Don't buy your ticket until you call the airline and make sure there is a "seat" available for your dog on the flight.

Once the agent has confirmed availability, reserve both your seats on the same ticket while you're still on the phone with the agent.

Book a non-stop, direct flight whenever possible and try to fly on a weekday when airports are typically less hectic.

If your pet will be traveling in the cargo hold, it's best to fly in the morning or evening during the summer, and midday during the winter to avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures.

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