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kllyjansen
7/21/2008 11:05:35 AM
Posts: 253
Hello-

In August I must fly from Indiana to California, where I will be staying for three weeks. I would like to bring my fairly large, 65 lb Irish Setter with me. I am incredibly apprehensive about flying with my dog as it seems to me there is a huge possibility he will be treated like one of over a thousand peices of baggage. I do not like that I have to check him in and then trust that all will go well until I am able to pick him up six hours later.

What, if any, advice can you give me? Are there in particular airlines that are notoriously good or bad? Are there any alternatives?

I am prepared to give more info if needed. Thanks in advance,
Kelly
Domena
7/21/2008 1:39:59 PM
Posts: 25
There are as many opinions on air travel with dogs as there are airlines! LOL!

August is one of the worst times of the year to fly, I am also from Indiana and that is one of the hottest months of summer.

Plan on flying as late or as early in the day as possible to take advantage of lower temps. You dog will need a size 500 airline approved crate for travel as well as a rabies not more than a year old and not less than 30 days along with a health certificate from your vet. Be sure to have the vet add a disclaimer stating that the dog is acclimated to temps up to 80-85 degrees. This is not always needed on all airlines, but better to have all the info than to get there and not be prepared.

DO NOT tranquilize your dog! If your dog is not used to being crated, be sure to purchase the crate now and get him used to it.

Instead of the tiny cups that are provided with the crate, use a plastic container and attach it to the crate with cable ties. Freeze water in the container and add it at the last minute before checking in. The ice will slowly melt providing him with water for a longer period.

Your dog will be going as excess baggage so you will be checking him in at the gate with your regular luggage.

As you board at the gate, inform the attendant that you have a dog on the flight and ask that they verify with the ground crew that the dog has been loaded.

There are some airlines that have an embargo due to heat. You will need to check the airlines and ask about their policies. Or check them online. They all have information available online regarding flying with your pet.

I have flown a lot with my dogs to shows and to be honest, I would suggest that you leave your dog at home rather than travel with him in the summer. Find a good boarding facility. I would have more concern about the heat than the actual handling on the flight.

Hope this helps,




Andrea
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patorama
7/21/2008 5:18:54 PM
Posts: 97
Most airlines will have an embargo on flying due to high weather temperatures so you need to check it out. BUT I only fly my dogs Continental- they have NO embargo because the dogs are kept in air conditioning at all times. they are not left on the tarmac like the luggage but are hand transported out to the plane only when ready to be loaded. The animal hold is air conditioned and presuurized the same as the passenger compartment. I have flown puppies and dogs numerous times and the dogs always arrive calm, clean and dry- even on flights lasting many hours.
kllyjansen
7/22/2008 3:34:16 PM
Posts: 253
I see that there have been two replies made to the original post, but I can't view them... how can I fix that?
kivalina
7/23/2008 1:24:11 PM
Posts: 4
I have had problems logging in to the system, so I am resubmitting this post, it may appear twice.

There are as many opinions on air travel with dogs as there are airlines! LOL!

August is one of the worst times of the year to fly, I am also from Indiana and that is one of the hottest months of summer.

Plan on flying as late or as early in the day as possible to take advantage of lower temps. You dog will need a size 500 airline approved crate for travel as well as a rabies not more than a year old and not less than 30 days along with a health certificate from your vet. Be sure to have the vet add a disclaimer stating that the dog is acclimated to temps up to 80-85 degrees. This is not always needed on all airlines, but better to have all the info than to get there and not be prepared.

DO NOT tranquilize your dog! If your dog is not used to being crated, be sure to purchase the crate now and get him used to it.

Instead of the tiny cups that are provided with the crate, use a plastic container and attach it to the crate with cable ties. Freeze water in the container and add it at the last minute before checking in. The ice will slowly melt providing him with water for a longer period.

Your dog will be going as excess baggage so you will be checking him in at the gate with your regular luggage.

As you board at the gate, inform the attendant that you have a dog on the flight and ask that they verify with the ground crew that the dog has been loaded.

There are some airlines that have an embargo due to heat. You will need to check the airlines and ask about their policies. Or check them online. They all have information available online regarding flying with your pet.

I have flown a lot with my dogs to shows and to be honest, I would suggest that you leave your dog at home rather than travel with him in the summer. Find a good boarding facility. I would have more concern about the heat than the actual handling on the flight.

Hope this helps,


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