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Traveling with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Bentley, the "world's
                                        most loveable Cavalier King
                                        Charles Spaniel," loves to
                                        go for a drive!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are great travelers! They heartily resist being left behind, so why not take them with you? Whether you are just running up to the grocery store, or taking off for a family vacation, here are some ideas and tips for traveling with your Cavalier.

Tips for Car & Airline Travel

Traveling with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be fun and easy, but a few practical considerations apply, especially if your Cavalier is still a puppy.

Car Travel with your Cavalier

Bentley, like most dogs, loves to ride in the car. But his first inclination was to stand in my lap as I was driving with his paws up on the window ledge so he could see the world go by.
Needless to say, that position was neither the most comfortable for me or the safest way for Bentley to enjoy a ride in the car. 
Bentley, the
                                        "world's most loveable
                                        Cavalier King Charles
                                        Spaniel," sits in his car
                                        seat in the back seat of our
The solution was to put a booster seat in the back for Bentley. The model we chose was high enough to allow Bentley to watch the world go by without standing up against the car window.  Now, I can give my driving my full attention and I no longer worry about Bentley riding in the front seat where he could potentially be injured if the air bags deployed.

The seat belt fits into the slots in Bentley's booster seat to hold it securely in place. It also comes with a strap that can be attached to the seat belt to restrain your pet, if necessary. There's a handy drawer in the base of the booster seat - a great place to keep treats, a bottle of water, an extra leash, or other travel essentials.

Driver's Ed: Tips for Pet Travels:

  • Let new pets become accustomed to the car gradually. Start by putting your Cavalier Spaniel in the car with the motor off. Let him wander around and get familiar with all those "car smells."  Next time, let your pet get used to being in the car with the motor running. Work up slowly to actually driving down with street with your Cavalier by your side.

  • Always keep your dog's collar and ID tags on him when riding in the car.  Particularly until you've fully trained your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on how to behave in the car, there's always a chance you might be separated in an unfamiliar neighborhood. 

  • Pack a "Pet Emergency Travel Kit". Include a bottle of water,perhaps a water dish, some treats (in case your dog gets loose, you may need to lure him back to the car), and an extra leash.

  • Never leave your best friend in a parked car! Even with the windows slightly open, it's amazing how quickly a parked car can heat up to the point where it can be fatal to a small dog.

  • On long trips, try not to feed your pet for several hours before traveling to avoid upset stomaches. Bring ice cubes to quench your pet's thirst. Consider adding sun shades to your car windows to keep your dog cool and comfortable while traveling. Bring a copy of your pet's Health Record in case you need to seek veterinary assistance out of town. Consider adding a temporary ID tag to your pet's collar with the phone number where you can be reached at your destination.

Airline Travel

Naturally, you'll need to research the particular regulations and fees imposed by your chosen airline.  Here are a few links to the pet policy sections of major airlines for your convenience:

Here are also some general guidelines for air travel.
  • Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will need to be at least 8 weeks old and weaned before travelling by air.

  • A health certificate is generally required from a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel. So, if your vacation will last more than 10 days, you may need to arrange for another vet exam prior to your return.

  • Taking your Cavalier on board and stowing him under the seat in front of you in the main cabin is the only acceptable arrangement. We don't recommend allowing your pet to be put in the plane's cargo hold as it has been reported that thousands of animals have been lost, injured or killed while being transported in the cargo holds of commercial airlines. So take whatever time and effort is necessary to ensure that your pet's crate or soft-sided carrier will meet the airlines requirements and will fit under the seat.

  • Request a middle seat for yourself as aisle and window seats have less room under the seats.

  • If at all possible, take a direct flight to your destination. This will minimize the time your pet is restrained in his crate or carrier and avoids possible trouble caused by missed connections.

  • Make sure your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is wearing his ID tags. Consider adding a temporary tag to his collar with a phone number where you can be reached at your destination. Write your name, home address and phone number on his crate or carrier as well as your destination and how you can be contacted there.  Carry a photograph of your pet in case your pet gets loose and becomes lost while traveling.

  • If possible, introduce your pet to air travel gradually. Start out by taking short, direct flights. If your Cavalier tolerates the experience well, then considering booking longer flights and eventually, connecting flights.

  • Don't sedate your pet without the guidance of your veterinarian.
As of June 15, 2005, the new Safe Air Transport for Animals Act in the United States will require US commerical airlines to report incidents of pets lost, injured or killed while flying in the cargo hold.  As a result of these new regulations, in the future, we will be able to check the airline's track record on transporting pets by air. In the meantime, take every precaution to ensure your pet arrives at your destination safely.

If you are interested in reading the U.S. Department of Transportation's monthly Air Travel Consumer Report, you can access it here.

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