TIPS FOR FLYING A LARGE ESA DOG
Flying a large ESA dog requires some simple rules. If you want to fly with a large emotional support animal (ESA), you should make sure that you have in hand your ESA letters from a qualified mental health doctor. You need to prove the animal is necessary for your well-being.
BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT
CALL THE AIRLINE, TELLING THEM YOU ARE FLYING A LARGE ESA DOG
Once you finish booking your flight, you should make sure that you call the airline to notify them that you will be flying with a large dog, an ESA.
If you need more room for you and your dog, you should try to reserve the bulkhead seat, which is more spacious. You should remember that Southwest airline does not allow passengers to reserve seats, which means that you have to arrive at the airport early.
EXERCISE YOUR DOG
If you want a calm dog during the flight, you should consider taking him to a dog park and allowing him to play until he gets tired. This way, during the flight he is a gentleman. He might even be tired enough to sleep.
DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG
Before the flight, you should not feed your canine emotional support animal to reduce the likelihood of motion sickness. Moreover, you should also limit his water intake. The last thing you want is for the dog to suffer from motion sickness during the flight and start vomiting.
NO NEW TREATS FOR YOUR ESA DOG
If you do not want to upset your dog’s stomach, you should avoid introducing him to new treats in the days leading up to the flight. Of course, you can always try new treats after you get to your destination.
ENSURE THAT THE DOG’S VEST HAS DETACHABLE POUCHES
When you are going through security, you need to detach the dog’s vest pouches so that they can go through the X-ray machine.
This way, all that the security people have to do is pat your dog down, which saves time. If security has to go through all the pouches, they will waste too much time.
KNOW WHERE THE PET RELIEF AREAS ARE
If you have a long layover and you do not want to keep your dog waiting to use the bathroom, you should find out where the pet relief areas are. However, not all airports have relief areas, which means you should carry pee pads.
WHAT TO DO DURING THE FLIGHT
If you want to keep your doggie comfortable during the flight, you need to carry the following:
- Pee pads to make your cleanup work easier
- A blanket that smells like home if you want to establish a border and encourage him to stay inside it
- His favorite toy to keep him busy
- If your dog is not used to flying, bring a thunder shirt, which is a natural treatment for dog anxiety
- A collapsible bowl to feed him small amounts of water
- If your dog suffers from motion sickness, you should ask your vet for medication that will combat it.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR AN ESA DOGS
According to a company called Emotional Support Animal Co., you can qualify for an ESA dog without paying a dime. Moreover, you do not even have to leave the comfort of your home.
YOU MUST COMPLETE THESE STEPS
Screen your own mental health – you need to complete an online mental health screening and the result will determine whether you need to see a therapist.
Consult with a professional – if you do not want to attend in-person therapy sessions, you can opt for video or telephone sessions. The professional will assess your mental health and figure out whether you need an emotional support animal.
For any more questions on flying a large ESA dog, contact the company listed above. Researching the internet also helps.
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