Cabin or cargo hold
Depending on the species (and breed), weight and size of your pet, it is often possible to take it as additional carry-on baggage in the passenger cabin or as excess baggage in the cargo hold of the aircraft. Important: Not all airlines carry animals.
Small dogs and cats are often allowed to fly in the cabin. For this you need a suitable “carrying container”. Unfortunately, the requirements differ from airline to airline. Therefore, inform yourself in good time before booking, which requirements must be met.
Medium and large dogs are generally not allowed in the cabin. Exceptions apply to assistance dogs. Transport in the cargo hold of the aircraft usually means stress for both animal and owner. Proper preparation is therefore essential. It is best to start training months before the trip. Many experts advise against air travel with a dog in the cargo hold unless it is absolutely necessary.
You should only fly with young and healthy animals. If necessary, talk to your veterinarian. You should also check the entry regulations of the respective destination country (vaccinations, quarantine regulations) and also the re-entry regulations in good time. In the European Union, an animal must have an EU pet passport, be chipped and vaccinated against rabies.