Osaka Airport has set up a first-of-its-kind dog toilet

Feb 13 2020, 1:25 pm

It can be challenging to leave your furry friend at home while you’re travelling.

As such, pet-friendly travel has spiked in popularity amongst people wishing to share their worldly experiences with their fuzzy companions.

However, travelling with a dog isn’t always the most convenient. It often requires paying more in airfare and going the extra mile to ensure the animal meets all of the airline’s specific requirements.

 

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Additionally, there is the potential for an unfortunate “accident” happening before you can stop it.

Luckily, one airport is making strides to rectify this common issue.

Kansai Airports recently announced that Osaka International Airport (ITAMI) would set up a “pet relief area” on February 13, “the first of its kind at an airport in the nation.”

The dog-specific toilet will be located in the pick-up and drop-off area of the airport and will allow dogs to do their business before boarding.

 

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The expected result is reducing the stress of pets while promoting convenience for pet owners.

Service dogs, differentially, are permitted to use the accessible toilet near the pet relief area as well as the toilets located throughout the terminal.

“This restroom, newly installed last December, is indicated with an assistant dog pictogram and equipped with an intercommunication system,” the announcement explains.

 

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“To use accessible toilets for service dogs, owners need to prepare pee pads.”

The dog restroom will operate between the hours of 5:30 am and 10 pm and will possess a “pee pole with washing functions, waste flushing system, shower, water, drinking area, and bench,” according to the announcement.