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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Flying with Your Dog to Spain – What You Need to Know

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 5 ·
flying with your dog to spain

Whether you’re going on vacation, headed to Spain for work, or moving there, you might want to bring your furry friend along. Of course, it’ll depend on how long you’ll be staying in Spain, but it’s always fun to have your companion by your side. So, here’s what you need to know about flying with your dog to Spain. 

First, Talk To Your Dog’s Veterinarian

No matter why you want to bring your dog to Spain, you’ll want to check with your vet first. Before you make any flight plans, you’ll want to ensure that your dog is physically and mentally prepared for flight.

Also, there are many different requirements you’ll need to meet to get your dog on board the plane and into Spain. But, again, your vet will be able to help you meet those requirements.

So, before you make any plans, talk to your vet to ensure that it’s a good option for you and your furry friend.

Your vet can give them a good check-up to ensure they’re as healthy as they can be and can give them any shots or boosters they may need.

In addition, you can talk about your dog’s needs with your vet. For example, if your pup is prone to separation anxiety, you might decide to leave your dog behind with a trusted professional dog sitter or a family member.

On the other hand, if your dog has to go with you (maybe you’re moving or you’ll be in Spain for a few months), your vet can discuss how best to prepare your dog for the flight.

Should you decide to bring your doggo along, you and your vet can also discuss how to care for your dog before, during, and after the flight.

Finally, your vet will be able to help you get all the documents your dog needs to leave the country.

Requirements To Get Your Dog Into Spain

First, your dog is going to need an EU pet passport. This passport is a document that a European veterinarian must fill out to ensure valid in the EU.

If your dog already has a passport and it’s still valid, then there’s not much else you’ll need to do. Your dog won’t be required to get a vaccination. However, it’ll be good to give them a good check-up anyway to be on the safe side.

You don’t want to bring unwanted diseases to Spain accidentally, and you certainly don’t want your dog to pick up an illness accidentally.

On the other hand, if your pup doesn’t have an EU pet passport yet, then there are a few things you’ll need to do.

A pet passport cannot be obtained in the United States, so you’ll need all the following documents. Then, when you get to Spain, you can have an EU vet take a look and issue them a passport for future travels.

You’ll need to get the following to get into Spain:

  • A 15-digit ISO compliant microchip (if it’s non-compliant, then you can bring your microchip scanner)
  • Rabies vaccination (at least 21 days before entering Spain)
  • A USDA Accredited Veterinarian issue an EU health certificate
  • Have APHIS endorse the EU health certificate

In addition, it’s not required to have your dog tested or treated for tapeworm. However, it’s a good idea to have it checked out for your peace of mind.

Please keep in mind that pets under 15 weeks old are not allowed into Spain unless they have been vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days before coming to Spain.

How Your Dog Will Fly On The Airplane

When flying to Spain, your dog can travel in a few different ways. For example, they can go in the cabin with you, as checked baggage, or in the cargo hold.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), your pet might be more comfortable in the cargo hold. It’s dim and quiet, so if your pup has anxiety, it might be more soothing for them to be in there.

However, the airlines do not take responsibility for the care and wellbeing of your pet before, during, and after the flight. So, you’ll need to fly with your dog at your own risk.

You’ll be able to keep a better eye on your dog if they’re in the cabin with you. However, it’s good to talk about it with your vet first. For example, the cargo hold might be more soothing for them, but if they have separation anxiety from you, it could further stress them.

Also, it’ll depend on how big your dog is. For example, small dogs can sit in the cabin with you. On the other hand, medium or large dog breeds will have to go into the cargo hold because they won’t be able to fit in the cabin with you. 

Banned Dog Breeds In Spain

Spain doesn’t have a banned dog breed list. However, certain breeds need to be extra careful.

For example, some breeds must be leashed and wear a muzzle through airport security. Also, Spain needs at least a 3-month notice that the dog is coming.

These rules are applied to the following dog breeds:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Tosa Inu
  • Akita Inu

Your Dog’s Comfort Comes First

Flying on an airplane is scary for most humans, let alone dogs who don’t understand what a plane is, how it works, or where they’re going.

For instance, they may feel safer and more comfortable in the cargo hold, but if your dog has separation anxiety or is afraid to try new things, the dark cargo hold (and being away from you) may stress them further.

You’ll want to work with your vet to ensure that your dog is fully prepared. 

So, here are some tips to ensure that your dog is prepared to fly:

  • Purchase plane tickets that have as few layovers and connections as possible
  • Choose arrival times to avoid extreme heat or cold
  • Train your dog to get used to their carrier
  • Discuss any anxiety needs with your vet beforehand
  • If your dog goes into the cabin, check-in as late as possible
  • If your dog goes into the cargo hold, check-in as early as possible
  • Walk your dog before your flight and immediately after arrival
  • Avoid food and drink a few hours before the flight

These tips will help reduce stress for your dog, and they’ll also keep them as healthy as possible.

Overall, you want to keep the flight as safe and positive as possible for your pup. First, however, you need to keep up with the country and state you’re entering and the airline’s requirements.

Should You Fly With Your Dog to Spain?

Going to Spain with your dog is a good option. If your dog is healthy enough and meets all the requirements, it’ll be a fun trip for you both.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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