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Did you know that by providing regular dental care you can add years to your pet’s life?

There are a lot of products on the market today that boast being able to brush your pet’s teeth without you needing to lift a finger. A lot of those products also only get half the job done. Sure, the leading Big Box brand gets rid of some plaque and temporarily covers the scent of bad breath, but it also contains unnecessary ingredients that can prove to be harmful towards your pets in the long-run. You’ve already done such a great job giving your pet the right food; why ruin all that with bad dental sticks?

Just like people, animals require a dental routine, too.  Most people believe that all they need to do is give their pets dry food to keep their teeth clean, but let’s think about that one for a bit… Would you ever say, “Hmm, I don’t have enough time to brush my teeth before I need to leave for work, so I’ll just eat a granola bar on the way there. That should do the trick!” If you do think this, let us know when you’re on your way and we’ll have a mint ready for you. If you think, “That’s gross!” then we’re on the same page.

Eating dry food doesn’t keep your pet’s teeth clean. In fact, it actually leaves a film on their teeth. For those who don’t want to physically brush their pet’s teeth (Let’s be honest, that’s most of us.), let Brushless Toothpaste chews help check this daily task off your list!

Here’s how it works:

Step one: Buy Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste.

Step two: Give your pet Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste.

Step three: Pat yourself on the back for saving so much time and then maybe even take a nap because you earned it!

Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste are our go-to for many reasons. First and foremost, they’re easy. Just give your pup a stick twice a day. As a reminder, you could even do it when you’re brushing your own teeth! Secondly, it’s effective. The outer part is rough with ridges that help scrape plaque and leftover food, while the inside has a patented toothpaste to freshen and cleanse the breath!

For years, Brushless Toothpaste has been one of most popular grooming items at Two Bostons. Now, it’s available in a value box where you basically get 3 bags for the price of 2, making this amazing product even better!

 

 

With the weather getting warmer, we’ve been finding ourselves getting just as excited as our dogs when it’s time to go for a walk. Sure, winter snow is pretty to look at, but nothing beats taking a stroll down a sunny sidewalk while you breathe in the fresh springtime air. The only downside is that you’re not the only one spending more time outside. More hustle and bustle on your favorite walking paths mean more distractions (and temptations) for your dog.

We know it’s easier to just clip the leash to your pup’s collar, and we also know that sometimes even clipping the leash on is easier said than done, but we promise that adding one extra step will make a huge difference when taking walks! See, when you’re just clipping the leash to the collar, you’re putting the strain of every last car, squirrel, and bike right onto your dog’s neck. Meanwhile, while your pup is getting choked, your arm is getting pulled halfway out of its socket trying to maintain any semblance of control. The job of a harness is to take all the pressure off your dog’s neck (and your arms) and move it to a more central point on their body, making a walk in the park feel like…well…a walk in the park! You have firmer control over your dog, who in turn, doesn’t choke. It’s a win-win all around.

Like most things in life, though, not all harnesses are created equally, and the last thing you want is to go through all the effort picking, sizing, and then putting a harness on your dog just for them to slip out by the time you’re at the end of the driveway! We’ve met our fair share of customers with dogs who happen to be expert Harness Houdini’s, and even more who are far from expert but still try their best to wriggle free. We always point them towards the Freedom Harness by 2 Hounds Design.

The Freedom Harness does exactly as it says: it makes you feel like there’s nothing there! The American-made nylon webbing is lightweight, featuring a Swiss velvet-lined chest strap to prevent chafing, and has been tested to pull up to 3800 lbs. If your dog is able to break through that then we’re going to be honest with you, it’s possible you actually own an elephant or maybe a very large walrus.

What truly makes the Freedom Harness unique, though, is the patented “control loop” on the back. That single little strap offers a wide variety of ways to hook up your leash to give yourself the proper amount of control based on the situation, making it perfect for anything from training a new puppy to a quick trip around the block to hiking in the woods! 2 Hounds Design also carries some of the most diverse sizes of any brand on the market, and is able to fit dogs anywhere from 14 lbs to 250+ lbs, so dachshunds and dalmatian owners alike can enjoy the benefits!

If you’re interested in learning more, we carry several varieties in-store and online. You can also stop into any of our locations to get a custom fitting for FREE!

Happy Earth Day! Can you believe our planet is over 4.5 billion years old? That’s 31.5 billion in dog years! We know it can be tough to be eco-friendly 100% of the time, but with the weather getting warm and the sun staying out later, hopefully you’ll find some time to do a little gardening, keep the lights off longer, or take your pup for a walk.

Before you grab your leashes and shovels, though, check out some of our favorite brands who celebrate Earth Day all year round!

Open Farm

Open Farm is known for being one of the most transparent brands of pet food there is; but did you know they’re one of the most eco-friendly, too? Everything they do is done with sustainability in mind, which is why they’re so picky about where they source their ingredients from. They work with family farms who actively practice sustainable farming techniques, and refuse to settle for produce that isn’t organic or local. What really puts Open Farm ahead of the pack, though, is their careful support of our oceans. They partner with organizations like Ocean Wise and Seafood Watch to make sure they aren’t overfishing or hurting vulnerable species of marine life.

Open Farm is also working to make sustainable packaging since 95% of pet food bags aren’t recyclable. That’s why they partnered with TerraCycle–a company where you can ship your used bags for free to be recycled into new products. We think this is such a great idea that we’ll do the recycling for you! Just bring your empty Open Farm bags back to Two Bostons and we’ll take care of the rest.

Beco Pets

This is one of the newer brands to hit our shelves, and we think you’ll be just as excited as we are! The Beco Bowl is a feeding dish made completely from bamboo and rice husk–two of the most renewable resources in the world. What’s especially awesome about Beco Bowls is that none of the quality is lost during the sustainable production. It’s still just as durable, if not more, than other bowls, with the added benefit of being 100% biodegradable!

And did we mention it’s dishwasher safe?

Planet Dog

There’s a lot to love about Planet Dog, but one of our favorite things is that they live up to their name. In addition to the peppermint scented, non-toxic durability that they’re known for, they also strive to be eco-friendly! By choosing to make their products in the USA, they minimize harmful emissions from overseas transport, while also providing plenty of American jobs. Plus, when it’s time for your pup to get a new Planet Dog toy (since we all know nothing is indestructible!) you can even recycle the old one!

Earth Rated

Earth Rated does what they can to make poop pickup as easy as possible, whether on a walk with your dog or scooping your cat’s litter. All of their bags are made either from vegetable starches or recycled materials, and the scented ones use natural essential oils rather than artificial scents. The cores the rolls come on are made of recycled paper or packaging material, and any products that come off the line with imperfections are donated to shelters rather than being thrown away. It’s safe to say these bags are perfect for keeping both your yard and the Earth green!

Boxiecat

While we’re on the topic of poop, we just have to talk about our go-to litter, Boxiecat. We know kitty litter can be heavy, so think about all the overseas transport emissions waste they save by being made in the USA! They also use recyclable shipping boxes that are as closely fit to the bags as possible to eliminate any excess space or need for packing fillers. If you pay a visit to their offices, you’ll see their work environment is powered by 100% renewable energy, and the factories they use to make the litter, itself, all recycle. But perhaps most importantly, since it’s made from chemical-free, natural clumping clay, Boxiecat litter is completely biodegradable!

 

It’s pretty safe to say that green is one of our favorite colors, which is why these are just a few of the dozens of eco-friendly products we proudly partner with!

It’s springtime, which means it’s time for us to finally go outside without running the risk of becoming a popsicle! Unfortunately, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes all have the same idea. We’ve already seen a lot of pet parents coming in to pick up products that preemptively combat these warm weather pests, but we’ve noticed something always seems to be missing from their baskets.

Milk thistle is a pet parent essential when it comes to giving your furry friends any sort of medication or supplement. It has been used medicinally for hundreds of years, with its origins lying in Southern Europe and Asia. The plant itself looks like a prickly weed with a bright purple flower, but believe it or not, it’s actually a close relative of the daisy.

It’s very possible that you’re already familiar with milk thistle because it can be found in most stores that carry human supplements. Maybe you’ve even already used it yourself, which is great, especially because many of the benefits people receive can be seen in cats and dogs, as well!

The number one use of milk thistle is liver health; and that goes for both pets and people. It acts as a sort of cleansing agent to help the body–specifically the liver–process toxins ingested with medication, antibiotics, heavy metals, and free radicals. If an animal is, or ever has been, on any medication, milk thistle should definitely be integrated into their routine. This includes topical ointments, as they can still enter the bloodstream, bringing toxins along with them. Even the pet parents who choose to take a holistic health approach should have a little milk thistle on hand, because with the amount your animal is exposed to on a regular basis, it’d be impossible to keep them 100% toxin-free.

In addition to liver protection, milk thistle can help ease allergy symptoms, which is especially crucial during pollen and ragweed season. There are also skin benefits, and functional boosts to vital organs like the kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas, and stomach.

Milk thistle can be ingested orally, and it’s as easy as sprinkling a bit of powder on your pet’s food. In fact, we recommend that you only give it to your pet in powdered form, since that’s when it’s most pure. Herbsmith is our go-to when it comes to what we give our own pets. Aside from going out and picking it yourself, this is the purest form you can get it in, which is something especially important for a product that’s meant to help your pets avoid toxins! Part of that–and this goes for any brand–is because keeping the milk thistle in a powdered form means it is going through minimal processing, whereas it loses certain beneficial qualities when made into tablet or oil form.

Remember: any cat or dog can benefit from milk thistle, even if they’re on a strictly all-natural diet (which includes feeding raw!). But this time of year is even more crucial than any other since so many of us are introducing repellents to our pets. Toxins are great at hiding in unexpected places, so it’s best to kick them out before they have the chance to let themselves in.

 

Anyone who knows us at Two Bostons understands we’re cat-level-picky about what we choose to put on our shelves. If it’s not good enough for our pets then it’s definitely not good enough for yours. We all go above and beyond for our furry family, so wouldn’t you expect the brands you buy to do the same? That’s why we love working with companies like Zignature Dog Food–not only is their food great, but their philosophies are, too!

First and foremost, everything Zignature makes is done from the intention of mirroring a dog’s ancestral diet. That means meat, meat, and more meat! Fruits and veggies do tend to make an appearance, but meat is always the first ingredient, just like it should be. They understand that a dog’s natural instinct and body structure is what should always be listened to–and they do their best to remind consumers of that. There’s a concerning new trend of pet parents trying to give their animals vegetarian and vegan diets due to misinformation being spread around the internet; but Zignature, like many other brands, are making their beliefs explicitly clear: just because you’re a vegetarian doesn’t mean your dog should be. Yes, dogs can definitely benefit from fruits and vegetables, but there is no way they can get all the proper nutrients needed from just those things alone. They need quality meat–just like what Zignature provides.

Transparency is important when it comes to picking the right food for your dog, and in addition to Zignature’s open stance on vegan/vegetarian diets, they also make it easy for users to understand where their food comes from and why it’s great for their dog. We especially love the “ingredients” section of their website, where they have an easy to navigate grid of everything they use in their truest form and brief paragraphs detailing its dietary importance. While web-design might seem like a nit-picky detail, it’s actually a pretty important tool to the pet parents who like to do a little extra research.

Another thing that’s cool about Zignature is its wide variety of flavors. Between their wet and dry foods, there are over 30 different recipes to choose from, ranging from traditional meals such as turkey and pork to dishes a bit more exotic, like kangaroo. We know 30+ recipes might sound daunting, but Zignature food is actually made with the intention of having your dogs sample as many flavors as possible without getting a tummy ache! That’s because having variation in a pet’s diet is crucial…so yes, we know you’re totally curious about the kangaroo, and yes, your dog can give it a try without risking digestive issues!

Thinking about switching to Zignature, now? We don’t blame you! They’re such a great brand and certainly perfect for pups who love it when you switch things up.

If you’ve been following along with our travel blogs, you should be an expert on navigating airports with pets! Well…maybe not an expert, but certainly someone with more confidence than the average traveler! With the hustle and bustle of airports, you can never know what to expect 100% of the time, but hopefully you’re at least feeling better prepared. If you’re just joining us, or missed an installment, be sure to check out Part I and Part II for helpful tips, tricks, and links!

We’ve already covered security, leashes, and carriers, so for our Grand Finale, we present to you:

The Ultimate Airport Pet Packing List

The Basics

  • Paperwork
    • Remember what we talked about in our previous blogs. Always have copies of your tickets, any appropriate identification for you/your pet, and–if you’re having any extra anxieties–copies of rules and regulations from the official sites of airlines/airports just in case you need to pull them out.
  • Leashes, harnesses, and TSA approved carriers (check out Part II for more details)
  • A collar with a tag that has the pet’s name, address, and best number to reach you. We suggest your cell since you won’t exactly be able to answer your home phone if your pet runs off in an airport!
  • Medication
    • Whether you’re a human or an animal, you should always keep your meds in your carry-on. Lost luggage = lost medication if it’s not with you at all times. If you have any liquid medications, then be sure to check protocol on the TSA website!
  • CBD or Anti-anxiety supplements
    • These work absolute wonders for scared cats and dogs! We always suggest Super Snouts as a go-to brand for CBD products, but if you prefer herbs and essential oils, then Herbsmith also has some great stuff.
  • Gulpy Water Bottle
    • Hydration is key in any situation! Rather than carry around bulky dishes for water, just tuck this in your bag! It’s about the size of a regular water bottle and easily transforms into a portable water bowl for your pet.
  • Food
    • Freeze Dried is our strongest recommendation for travel. Most quality food brands design their recipes to be interchangeable with one another, so if your pet typically eats wet or frozen food, they should be okay to temporarily switch to freeze dried for ease of traveling.
  • Bowl
    • Like for water, it’s great to have a portable food bowl! The Gulpy Water Bottle can actually work great for food, as well, or you could try out a collapsible bowl like the awesome ones that Kurgo makes.
  • Waste Bags
  • “Pee-pee” Pads
    • Since there won’t be a ton of places for your pet to relieve themselves, we always advise people to bring along some puppy training pads for sort of a “makeshift bathroom”. We love the Gridlock Pads because they’re super absorbent and help neutralize odors.  They can also be cut down to size to make a lining for carriers!

The Bonuses

  • Treats
    • This one seems pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to grab them in the midst of all the other packing chaos! Treats are not only a great reward for being brave, but also a great way to distract from outside stimuli.
  • Toys
    • We know your pets have a toy that they absolutely adore, but just remember that noise-making toys are best left at home. Like we talked about in previous blogs, it’s important to be courteous to others, and most people aren’t going to want to listen to squeaking or jingling for hours on end! Chew toys and plush toys with no noisemakers inside are the best ways to go.

Have you ever flown with pets before? Are there any tips you’d like to share? Tell us about it in the comments!

We’ve all been there. We find the cutest little dog toy. It’s fluffy and colorful and looks at you with big cartoon eyes that just seem to say “don’t worry, your dog could never destroy someone as adorable as me!” Then you bring it home, and sure enough, the toy does, in fact, get destroyed. But what if we were to tell you that we knew of a plush toy that can withstand your pup’s jaws…and what if we told you it was also…machine washable??? Too good to be true? We thought so at first, too.

Meet Fluff & Tuff, one of our favorite plush brands that opened a very new, very cuddly door of playtime opportunities for our dogs!

First and foremost, Fluff & Tuff values safety above all else. One of the biggest issues with many plush toys is that you don’t know what they’re made of or where they come from. Dogs have been known to get sick from ingesting the materials of cheap toys, or choke on the squeakers inside them. There have also been issues with foreign objects like plastic or metal accidentally getting stuffed inside, leading to illness and even fatality. That’s because the safety standards for dog toys are typically much lower than human-grade products. Needless to say, we find that unacceptable, you probably find that unacceptable, and Fluff & Tuff definitely finds that unacceptable.

All the materials used are American-made and non-toxic, right down to the polyester filling and squeaker inside. To avoid choking hazards, every detail (eyes, mouths, etc.) are embroidered on, rather than using plastic that could fall off. The squeaker has also gotten a safety upgrade by being sewn in a little pouch, so you can rest easy knowing that your pup won’t choke. They’re also double scanned individually for any foreign objects, and fit the same tough standards that human toys do.

It’s those little ways of going the extra mile that make Fluff & Tuff such an amazing brand. It almost feels as if you were the one who designed the toy, because if we’re being honest with ourselves, we can all be a little neurotic when it comes to making sure our furry friends are kept safe! That’s because this family-owned company is headed by pet parents, just like you, and their quality testers are their own canine companions since nobody knows what dogs like better than dogs!

But what exactly makes Fluff & Tuff so “tuff”? The secret is in the extra layer of Tuffweb™ mesh lining and double-stitched seams. In short; everything is super reinforced and ready to withstand a whole bunch of tugging, tossing, and snuggling. Our very own Beamer and Sassy actually have several Fluff & Tuff toys of their own, and we’re proud to report firsthand that they definitely live up to their expectations!

That being said, it’s important to remember that a plush toy is still a plush toy and therefore not indestructible (nothing is when is comes to a dog with a goal!). A common misconception we’ve run into is that people mistake them for chew toys since they’re marketed as a durable brand. They’re definitely durable! But not for extended chewing. That’s why it’s always important to know what types of toys your dog prefers, and to always supervise them during play.

If you still aren’t sold on why we love Fluff & Tuff as much as we do, you should come by Two Bostons and feel one for yourself. “Fluff” isn’t half their name for nothing! There’s a reason dogs love them so much, and we’ve even had reports from pet parents who find typically “un-cuddly” dogs asleep with their fuzzy friends. They’re so soft, you’ll have trouble believing they’re actually dog toys, and with the huge selection of animals to choose from, you might even end up wanting one for yourself. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t!

If you read our last blog, you’ll already know the basics about what to expect when you’re trying to get your pets through TSA security and on the plane. If you missed it, you can check it out here (x).

Keep in mind, knowing what’s expected of your pets by airports and airlines is only half the battle. Yes, you need your pets to be in carriers, but what type of carriers? What about leashes? Harnesses? I.D. Tags? It all seems overwhelming, especially since you don’t want to bring “the wrong thing” and get denied entry. Here’s the good news: it’s not as hard as you think.

The Right Leash

Remember that no matter what size your pet is, at some point they’ll need to be on a leash to make it through security; even if they’re in a carrier. With all the extra stimuli airports have, you need to be especially cautious about things that could spook your pet–the last thing you want is your furry friend running wild through an airport! The key is having something reliable and short so you have firm control at all times. Do not use a retractable leash. You can check out our blog about why we never recommend them, but the shorthand is this: they’re at a higher risk of breaking, and also there is no reason to allow your pet to have “extra space to roam” when keeping them close to you needs to be a top priority.

That might sound a bit harsh, but we cannot stress enough that this is way different from a walk in the park. As we said before, your pet could bolt, but also keep in mind that despite your dog being friendly and harmless, there could be people who are afraid of them or simply don’t know how to properly greet a dog. Not only are leashes a matter of safety, but common courtesy, as well.

We’re proud to say that all of the leashes we carry are safe and dependable. For this specific situation, we love the “Flat Out Leash” by Ruffwear because it’s strong, durable, and the perfect length for keeping tight control over your dog. It can be held like a regular leash or buckled around your waist for hands-free control. This option also has a short traffic handle that can be used when you need to keep your pet extra close. We also have a great selection of leads by Up Country and The Worthy Dog with fun patterns and matching collars to travel in style! Which brings us to our next point…

Harnesses and Collars

A harness, in general, is great for taking your dog out. Since it wraps around the chest and torso, it relieves pressure on the neck vs. using a collar and leash alone. In short: you have more control and your dog feels comfy, it’s a win-win for both of you!

Remember that just because your dog is in a harness doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a collar as well. It’s crucial for all pets to have a collar since that’s what’ll hold the I.D. tag, which should have your pet’s name, address, and best phone number to reach their “pawrents”.

Don’t let the name fool you–Worthy Dog also makes cat collars!

Carriers

When finding the right carrier, always make sure it’s “TSA Approved”. Typically, this is going to be a collapsible carrier that gives your pet enough room to stand up, lay down, and turn around. This allows for easier storage on the plane under the seat–plus, it can be a little more comfy for your furry friend! When in doubt, look for the “TSA APPROVED” seal of approval when you’re out shopping and always check the guidelines of your specific airline.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve ever traveled with your pet and how it went! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for our final installment of Surviving Airports With Pets!

Whether you’re a newcomer or have been with us for years, you’ve probably caught on that we’re pretty picky about what we sell at Two Bostons. If you ask any of our Team Members what we look for in a product, you’ll always get the same answer: we don’t sell anything we wouldn’t feel 100% comfortable giving our own pets. But that’s just the shorthand answer. We love brands that are more than just brands. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that just about everyone we work with shares our same core values of improving the lives of pets and their people, and Green Juju Kitchen is certainly no exception.

So what is Green Juju? Well, aside from being fun to say, it’s sort of like a health smoothie for dogs that’s great for their immune systems, joint health, coat, and overall bodily health. Simply take a spoonful and mix it with their usual meal (it’s a topper, not a replacement for what they usually eat!). There are two different blends to choose from:

The “Just Greens Blend“, which contains 100% organic celery, zucchini, kale, dandelion greens, parsley, bison bone broth, coconut oil, lemon, turmeric, and ginger.

The “Baily Blend“, which contains 100% organic cucumber, green cabbage, broccoli, turkey bone broth, cilantro, chard, coconut oil, blueberries, turmeric, and lemon. 

Everything is sourced from local farmers, and every cup is prepared by hand for a little touch of love and care. When you open it up, you’ll even see that you recognize pretty much everything in there, so it won’t feel like you’re giving your dog some sort of mystery mush.

The next question is: will dogs really eat this stuff? Yes! We definitely understand why you might feel skeptical, and the truth is, even we were a little at first, too. After all, when you think dogs you think steak, not organic cucumbers, broccoli, and green cabbage. At the same time, you don’t exactly think kids + broccoli, cucumbers, and green cabbage, either, but we still manage to get them to eat it! All jokes aside, a lot of our Two Bostons regulars have come in and told us what their dogs thought, and the majority were pleasantly surprised. 

Green Juju is so successful because it wasn’t developed by humans who one day decided to give their dogs some veggies and see what happened. It was developed by pet parents with extensive professional experience in canine nutrition for owner Kelley Marian’s dog Bailey, who had just been diagnosed with cancer. Since Bailey was already weakened from her illness, Marian knew she most likely wouldn’t survive the surgeries and treatments needed to get healthy, so she decided to take a holistic approach instead. The fruits and vegetables provided the extra vitamins she needed that couldn’t be obtained from meat alone, and soon, Bailey’s immune system was strong enough so she could get the surgery to be cancer-free. After having such great success with her own dog, Marian knew she couldn’t keep it to herself, and thus Green Juju was born.

That’s what puts the “Juju” in Green Juju. Its a product and brand whose roots go deeper than soil–it sprouted from love and has been made with heart ever since.

Image courtesy of greenjujukitchen.com

 

It’s no secret that flying is way faster than driving. But if you want to travel with your pet, does that mean you’re doomed to keep your feet–or tires–on the ground forever? Definitely not. Flying with pets is very, very possible. The real question is: do we recommend it? Yes and no. No matter what, traveling with animals can be tricky. Airports can definitely be tougher for pets than cars because there’s so much extra stimulus and unfamiliarity.

That being said, for all of you who have your eyes to the skies, we’ve got everything you need to know to help make pet travel as painless as possible with our brand new traveling tips series! But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the most important part of airport traveling:

Following TSA & Airline Guidelines

The number one rule of traveling with your pets is to never assume you know everything. For those of you who have traveled before, you know that airports are constantly changing procedures and rules. Yes, the changes might be small (seriously, do you want us to put our backpacks in bins or not???) but that small change can be the difference between whether or not you’ll get on your flight. That’s why you should always check to make sure you’re up to date on all rules and regulations. We’ll provide links to the official TSA sites, but here’s the gist (as of 3/22/2019):

Getting Screened

  • Smaller pets must be in hand held carriers at all times except for the x-ray tunnel where you must remove your pet from the carrier and carry them through the human checkpoint.
    • TIP: Have a leash ready to put on your pet as soon as they are out of the carrier–yes, even for cats. Even though you’ll be carrying your pet, it’s a good safety measure in case they get spooked. TSA officials will not make you remove anything that helps control/identify an animal.
  • Larger dogs may walk with you, as long as they are on a leash at all times.
  • You may be subject to extra screening such as a hand swab to make sure there is no residue of explosive devices.
  • Return your pets to their carriers at the re-composure areas away from the screening point.
    • TIP: If you are ever unsure of anything then ask for help! TSA officials will be more than happy to assist however you need.
  • TSA regulations for service dogs and animals.
  • TSA screening process for animals.

Airline Guidelines

Hooray! You got your pets through the scary metal detectors! The next step is getting them on the plane. Remember that all airlines have different rules, so it’s crucial to do your research. You can’t just show up at the gate with a pet and expect to be let on board. When you initially buy your ticket, you’ll have to make sure you book a spot for your pet, too. If you are at all unsure of whether or not you’ve done this right, it’s always a good idea to call the airline’s helpline.  Every airline is different in terms of in-flight rules and regulations, so we strongly encourage you to do as much research as possible beforehand. Here are links to the regulations for the four major domestic airlines:

TIP: ALWAYS go to the airline’s official website to learn about what is and isn’t allowed on their planes. And when in doubt? Print it out! If anyone questions you, have copies of any receipts or pages from their direct website stating that you’re complying with all the rules.

We cannot stress this enough: follow all the rules! They really will make the difference between stress and success.

To learn about finding the right leashes, harnesses, and carriers, check out out Part II here (x)!