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Where Do Dogs Pee Or Poop On Flights?

Have you ever wondered where do dogs pee or poop on flights?

When you are ready with your traveling bag and boarding pass and are all set for your first-ever flight with your dog. You probably do not need to worry about your dog needing the bathroom on a plane that’s only in the air for under an hour, but for longer flights, it’s almost unavoidable that your dog will need to pee or poop.

In this article, we will give the best help for your dog to go to the bathroom on a plane while minimizing your trouble and any disruption to other passengers.

Where Do Dogs Pee On Planes?

Dogs have to pee inside puppy pads or towels in their crate when flying on a plane and they don’t get access to the bathroom if they need.

When you are going on long period flights with your dog it is a must to carry a puppy pad with you.

If you are a first-time pet flyer and assuming that your dog can go with you into the bathroom when it’s time then, unfortunately, that is not the case. Most airlines have a strict policy wherein dogs are required to either be in a cage or be under your seat during the flight.

That means your dog has to pee in a puppy pad in their crate or on the floor near your feet with absorbent material underneath.

However, in some rare scenarios, some airlines do allow you to take your dog to the bathroom on the plane. If this is allowed and accessible in your case, take a pad with you to put on the floor in there.

The same rules are applicable even if you are bringing a service dog onto the plane.

Your dog is supposed to remain in its carrier or cabin for the duration of the flight. This includes when it needs to poop.

Always carry puppy pads and put them in the carrier so that you can easily throw them away later.

Generally, if your dog is in its carrier it can fit under the seat in front of you. You can not buy an extra seat for your dog. Traveling with a dog this way, essentially as carry-on luggage, usually requires a lower fee than if it travels in the plane with you.

How To Avoid The Dog Peeing Or Pooping On A Plane?

The ideal situation will be that your dog does not need to pee or poop at a place at all.

The first thing you can do to avoid dog peeing on planes is to stop them from drinking at least two hours before the flight and make sure they pee before getting on the plane.

How Long Can Dogs Hold Their Pee?

Every dog can be different but and other factors such as their health can also affect this. However. there are some general guidelines that work for everyone:

  1. If your puppy is 4 months old, they will only be able to hold their bladders upto 4 hours before peeing.
  1. If your dog is over 7 years old, they are classified as senior dogs. It is expected that a senior dog between the age of 7 and 12 will be able to hold their bladders for 4 to 6 hours.
  1. Whilst dogs aged 12 and above will only be able to hold their bladder for 2 to 4 hours max.

Consider Your Dog’s Elimination (Peeing Or Pooping) Schedule When You Book The Flight

Always track the hour your dog normally gets out to eliminate i.e. to pee, after they eat before booking the flight. When you’re planning your trip together, think about the time of flight and the distance and how will you hydrate, feed, and let them eliminate in advance.

Also if your dog has any special needs, i.e. they get motion sick, always carry the medications with you.

What To Do If Your Dog Poops On A Plane?

It will become the worst case if your dog poops on a plane.

The main thing you want to avoid is your dog having bowel movements resulting in poop on the plane. Try to avoid feeding your dog a few hours before the flight But if your dog poops even after this then you have to consult with crew members for what to do next.


Always check ahead with your airline and ask such questions beforehand. Each airline is different, so you should ask questions and don’t take from someone else’s experience. Airline policy varies from carrier to carrier, country to country.


Flying with your dog can be an all-new experience. However, the main problem which comes out typically is how and where your dog will pee on the plane.

Dogs are surprisingly adaptable creatures, and you can be assured that they’ll ultimately be okay even on longer flights in the air if they have to use a pad.

I hope this article helped you. If it did, don’t forget to share it with other dog lovers over social media.

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