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Medicating your dog for air transport

dan, that is exactly one of my worries, you dont know the characters of the carriers, and there are alot of untrustworthy people out there, especially when animals are invovled. the puppy was probably happy just to get the hell out of there into loving hands. And dehydration is important to address as well. I have a family member that is an extreme dog lover, a little self absorbed, but nontheless, a dog lover. many years ago, before airport security was as in depth as it is now, she did not want to crate her dog under the plane, so she lied and said she was blind, wearing glasses with a cane and the whole nine yards. It worked, no background check or anything I guess, her German Shepard was aloud to board. Oh the extremes some dog lovers go to..... What is usually the wait time for the dog before and after the flight, like drop off and pick up?
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  • On several occassions I have discussed this issue off line with members or guest who are concerned about flying with their dogs. You have probably heard horror stories about some pets being lost during transportation by aircraft. I have flown with my dogs and have sent puppies by air and have not had any problems. My adult dogs were medicated with "calm down" or other calming meds. Have you flown with or sent your dogs or pups on a flight? If you did please share your tips or other info with us. Here is a [url=http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/news/2003/05/travelingpets.html]link[/url] to a great resource on traveling with pets.
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    • I’ve had dogs on a flight to the US on two occasions. One was an adult German Shepherd coming from Germany. The vet actually recommended not to medicate at all, as dogs might throw up and suffocate. Anyway, the dog was fine when he arrived in Chicago, but very dehydrated despite some water in the cage (so maybe be prepared to provide water immediately when you get the dog out of the cage). The dog was on the same plane as I was and the captain even informed me that my dog made it on the plane and was ok. The second transport was a recent import of a Sarplaninac puppy from Macedonia via Cargo. As far as I know she didn’t get any medication either. The unpleasant experience was when she had already arrived in Miami. I was able to walk into the cargo hall and saw how some workers provoked her and tried to scare her. They made loud aggressive noises and rattled and hit the cage (yeah, don’t ask :roll: ). I was upset and thought she’d be frightened and traumatized, but when I got her a few minutes later, she was the happiest little puppy :D . She probably couldn’t care less about those idiotic strangers. My experience is that dogs do better on flights than expected.
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      • dan, that is exactly one of my worries, you dont know the characters of the carriers, and there are alot of untrustworthy people out there, especially when animals are invovled. the puppy was probably happy just to get the hell out of there into loving hands. And dehydration is important to address as well. I have a family member that is an extreme dog lover, a little self absorbed, but nontheless, a dog lover. many years ago, before airport security was as in depth as it is now, she did not want to crate her dog under the plane, so she lied and said she was blind, wearing glasses with a cane and the whole nine yards. It worked, no background check or anything I guess, her German Shepard was aloud to board. Oh the extremes some dog lovers go to..... What is usually the wait time for the dog before and after the flight, like drop off and pick up?
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        • Hi Jen, Usually the dogs are last on and first off. In warm climates like Italy in the summer the dogs are kept in an airconditioned or shaded space. They are then loaded on the plance shortly before take off - they they are the first off upon landing. Take off and landing is the most traumatic for the dogs - acceleration and incline - deceleration and noises. But if you use the self feeding bottles and train the dog how to drink from it you should not have any major spills. Use good aborbent material, trim the dogs nails to keep the pads on the surface for gripping. Do not put food - they dont need it and it only make poop. Should be all good. I put the calming meds in the water.
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          • [quote=athena1]that is exactly one of my worries, you dont know the characters of the carriers, and there are alot of untrustworthy people out there [/quote]I'm totally with you on that one. Whenever I organized the transport myself, I made sure that it was just one single flight with no connections (I was lucky that this was an option). International transportations into the US have to be cleared through customs at the port of entry anyway. I had to drop the dog off about 3 hours prior to the flight and got it back within 2 hours after landing. Gary is right, the dogs are kept in airconditioned space and quickly boarded. I think using a feeding bottle and no food is very good advice. I used a soaked sponge for my second transport but I'm not sure how successful that was during the flight. [quote=athena1]Oh the extremes some dog lovers go to..... [/quote]Did I mention that I drove my puppy back to Texas in a rental car (>20hrs)? :wink: :lol: Dan P.S.: Jen, I missed the continued discussion in the "Gather and Meet" thread (and saw it only now, after responding), which I think was the reason for starting this thread. Really, don't worry too much about transportation. Maybe you fly on the same plane, drop your dog off right before you leave and pick it up at destination. There should be no major interaction with cargo people at all. Dogs usually tolerate flights really well. :)
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            • thanks for the support guys, I am a crazy stress case when it comes to my babies. People always try and remind me they are dogs, but makes no difference to me. I hold me doggies with the highest esteem of all. As I love to say, and most suiting now..... In dog speed..... :D :D jen
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