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Pomeranians in Car | Airplane |Traveling

Deciding to Travel

There may be times when you must decide if you are going to travel with your Pomeranian. Travel will include short trips that you can take in your car and long trips for which you must take an airline flight. Both will have you asking different questions regarding Pomeranians and travel.

You may ask what must be done to safely take your Pomeranian in the car with you. 

Alternatively, if you will be flying for a vacation and want to bring your Pomeranian, you will want to know what you need to do to plan to take your Pomeranian on an airplane and even he will be okay during the flight.
If your destination is one in which your dog will be welcome, by all means you should travel with your Pomeranian after following travel guidelines.

Traveling on an Airplane

If you have decided to bring your Pomeranian with you on an airplane, you must plan wisely. It's recommended to give this a lot of thought.  Flights over 2 hours can really put a lot of stress on a dog; even if he is in a crate under your seat, he may feel confined, nervous and suffer from motion sickness and ear pain due to air pressure changes.  You may realize that your dog will be happier in a safe canine hotel or with friends of relatives.  You'll also really want to consider if your destination is 'dog friendly' since bringing your best friend is only a great idea if he/she can remain with you to enjoy the trip.

Many airlines will allow a passenger to keep a dog with them - in a crate - this is keep under the seat. Each airline has very specific rules and regulations regarding the size and weight of the crate, so you will want to obtain all of the details in advance.  If - hypothetically - the crate was checked at the airport and found to be either too heavy or too large, your choices would be to check your Pomeranian in as luggage (the dog is placed in the cargo hold. Some airlines will not do this due to drastic changes in temperature that would make it very unsafe) or to not board the plane. 

On an airplane with your Pomeranian under your seat, you must make sure to bring plenty of water, toys and food, with the quantity reflecting the length of the flight.

One of the negative aspects of bringing your Pomeranian on an airplane is that, obviously, you cannot take your dog for a walk. Realistically, the only option is to allow your dog to eliminate while in the crate. And this is best done by putting a doggie diaper on your Pom. While a bit messy on the coat, it will keep the feces or urine contained (and without causing a terrible smell)... And you will be able to clean him or her up once you land (with the use of baby wipes or canine wipes). 

Having to go to the bathroom while confined can cause discomfort for a dog and may cause sensory discomfort for passengers depending on how much odor escapes.

If the motion of the plane travel causes your Pom to panic (common with dogs on flights) a method to aide in the stress and discomfort of airplane travel for your dog is to obtain a safe tranquilizer medicine from your veterinarian. You must be sure to administer the correct amount. Never believe that a bit more is better.

If you must travel a long distance and bring your dog, try to travel via car by all possible means. If traveling via airplane with your Pomeranian the main keys to remember is to check airplane rules, have a very comfortable properly sized dog crate, new fun toys, use a doggie diaper and pack wipes for clean-up once you land
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Pomeranian in car
Photo courtesy of owners: Jeff & Amy
In the Car

If you are going to take a long ride in the car with your Pomeranian, make sure that he is used to being in a car. This can be done by taking short rides with your dog; ensuring that the destination offers a reward; such as a dog park, a friend’s home that has a dog for yours to play with or other location that you know will make your companion happy.

You must never drive without your Pomeranian safely in a seat restraint. Just as you would never drive around with a baby crawling about freely, you must also make sure that your Pom is in a proper canine car seat.
There are two basic dog restraints. The best type of car seat for a Pomeranian is a quality canine booster seat. Canine car seat come in different sizes, so you'll want to make sure that you have one that is sized for toy breeds. If the seat is too large, it will not offer proper protection. Many dogs have motion sickness issue when traveling in the car and for this reason, choosing a booster seat that raises the Pom high enough feels fresh air from a window and be able to see out of it. Having a direct breeze can counteract the restlessness that many Poms can feel when confined to a car.

The other type of dog restraint is a type of seat belt made for dogs. This type of dog restraint will hold your dog into the seat, just as your seat belt does for you. Then, when you make stops, your dog will not go flying off of the seat. Falling with any type of force from the seat of a car can cause great injury to a toy dog. To be a responsible owner you must use one of these types of dog safety restraints. Even if your Pomeranian objects, after a few times he will become accustomed to it and you can drive with peace of mind.

*** For some great options for Pom car seats, see the Pomeranian Specialty Shoppe.
Helping With Car Sickness

This can make running errands with your Pom essentially impossible and that takes the fun out of running errands! There a a couple of things that you can do.

Be sure to:
  • Have your Pom in a booster seat. This can help with motion sickness because it allows the Pomeranian to be closer to the window and, most importantly, allow him or her to see out of the window (one of the major causes of developing car sickness in that the body is feeling what the eyes are not seeing).
  • Feed your Pom a small handful of no-salt saltine crackers or a small handful of Cheerios (plain) cereal about 10 minutes before leaving for a drive.
  • If you are going to drive more than 15 minutes, pull over into a safe area and take a break. Allow your Pomeranian to get out of the car (on leash) to stretch his legs, walk around a bit, have a drink of water and importantly, allow him to gain his bearings.
  • Don't think that driving fast to reach the destination quicker will help... Going around those curves and over those bumps at a faster speed will only make things worse. Go slow and take the break described above if you go over the 15 minute mark.
  • If you must take your Pom for a very long car ride, you can speak to you veterinarian ahead of time. Medication for motion sickness can be given. Do not give human formula Dramamine to you Pom, be sure to have your vet formulate the exact dosing for your Pom based on age and weight.
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