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How to fly with a pitbull? Tips to traveling with bully breeds

by Trey Clark July 03, 2018

How to fly with a pitbull? Tips to traveling with bully breeds


If you have followed the news you have seen the new discriminating policies that airlines have came out with recently. Almost every major airline has stopped transporting dogs in the cargo due to health risk. Delta Airlines has banned pitbulls and other bully like breeds from flying on their flights all together. Delta is now added to the long list of airlines that have some sort of breed specific policy against pitbull type dogs. This article will show you the best airlines that still allow pitbulls and other bully breeds and some tips on making your flight go smoother.


If you are hoping to fly with any dog that is not a registered service dog they must be able to fit in the industry standard pet carriers with maximum dimensions of 18.5” long x 8.5” high x 13.5” wide this policy includes all airlines. For any dog bigger they must go through the process of being a registered service dog. (find out more here) to board a flight. The process of being a service dog is a lot easier today than it ever has been.






Airlines that accept Bully Breeds

 

Airline

Fee

Service animals are free 

Policy:

Southwest

$95 one Way

They allow small dogs that fit in the industry standard crate; Service animals. Read more here

JetBlue

$100 one way

They allow small dogs that fit in the industry standard crate; Service animals. Read more here

Frontier Airlines

$75 one way

They allow small dogs that fit in the industry standard crate; Service animals. Read more here

Allegiant Airlines

$100 one way

They allow small dogs that fit in the industry standard crate; Service animals. Read more here



Know before you go


Always make sure to buy a crate that is accepted by the airlines.

  • Get health certificate from vet, if needed, within 10 days of travel. Check your destination as every state varies in law.
  • Confirm all shots are up to date and have proper medical records to prove it.
  • Get directions to pet relief areas in airport where you have layovers.
  • Get a check up from your vet to make sure your pet is in proper medical condition. Most dogs that die on flight are due to poor health at take off.
  • Do not feed 4 hours before the flight. Give your dog minimum water day of flight to prevent accidents on the plane.
  • Read over your Airlines pet policy as they are continually changing.
  • All proper documentation for service/support animal


What to bring

  • A few servings of food (1-2 light meals)
  • Poop bags
  • A filled water bottle (once you make it through security)
  • Leash & Harness

Flying with comfort

  • We recommend choosing a window seat so the animal is safe from foot traffic.
  • Pay for seats with extra legroom, worth every dollar when bringing along a pet.
  • Comfortable and well fitting collar or harness. 

Traveling with any large dog breed can be extremely challenging. Traveling with any dog of the bully family is nearly impossible. Taking the proper steps and doing research will ensure you will have an successful flight. 




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