Denver International Airport Service Animal Policies

Assistance animals are welcome to travel with passengers who have disabilities. Certain exemptions are provided to these animals, but some rules and restrictions still apply. To determine if your dog qualifies to be certified as a Psychiatric Service Dog and can be accepted as such for air travel, you can visit Pettable’s PSD service.

Denver International Airport Pet Relief Areas

More commonly known as DIA, the Denver International Airport boasts several pet relief areas located both pre-security and post-security. The outdoor facility is located just outside Door 200 on the west side of the Jeppesen Terminal, whereas the three additional secured pet relief stations are at the center cores of A, B, and C Gates—all near the U.S. Mail Drop. All Denver International Airport pet relief areas are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the design of the rooms allow for easy and efficient cleaning, facilitating a welcoming and sanitary environment.

DIA Airport Pet Cargo Facilities and Policy

If your dog is too large to fly with you in the cabin, he will need to fly as checked baggage or as cargo. Though the checked baggage is becoming increasingly rare, the process is very simple. Process your dog at flight check-in and collect him from excess baggage upon arrival.  

If your dog is flying as cargo, DIA pet policy requires you to retrieve your furry friend from an airline-specific facility. Below, we have listed the information necessary to access these buildings.  

Delta Airlines Cargo
7648 Undergrove Circle
Denver, CO 80249

Southwest Airlines Cargo
7640 North Undergrove Street
Suite E
Denver, CO 80249

United Airlines Cargo
27000 E 75th Avenue
Denver, CO 80249

Lufthansa Cargo
7652 Undergrove Street
Denver, CO 80249

American Airlines Cargo
7648 Undergrove Circle
Denver, CO 80249

Denver’s cargo facilities are relatively close to the Denver Airport train stop, making public transportation a relatively easy option. The main campus is situated along E 75th Avenue—private transportation is encouraged.  


More DIA Airport Pet Policies

Denver Airport pet policy is relatively standard. Unless your animal is utilizing one of the several pet relief facilities, he should be in his crate or carrier. The only exception exists for service animals. If you require assistance in accessing these areas, the airport recommends contacting your airline. 

Denver International Airport also provides a boarding service—one of the first in the country. Paradise 4 Paws is an on-site boarding facility. The resort features private suites, flat screen TVs, massage therapy, on-site medical experts, and obedience training. Located at the WorldPort facility, this 25,000 square foot space has dedicated 24-hour service, making it an excellent choice for both day and overnight stays. The resort includes large dog suites overlooking indoor play area, which feature soft rubber flooring and a state-of-the-art bone-shaped splash pool.  

Though DIA pet policy recommend making a reservation for Paradise 4 Paws, last-minute boarding options are available. If you planned to bring your pup on vacation but were hindered for whatever reason—weather, misinformation, &c—this is an excellent Plan B. Simply drop him off to spend a few days and proceed to your gate. 

On that note, those traveling with animals should keep a close eye on the weather forecast. Though not explicitly stated in the Denver Airport pet policy, your pet’s ability to travel may be jeopardized by severe weather. If the temperature drops below 35 degrees, he may not be allowed to fly. Therefore, we recommend avoiding this airport during the winter months.  

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