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salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 9:19 PM

SHIPPING DOGS LONG DISTANCE

I need some information. I have a 4 y o German shepherd I need to ship to the Boston area. While cost is a factor, my main concern is with the dog's safety.

Any of you have any suggestions for me? Any airline that does an especiually good job of caring for animals on a flight? Is there another route to go?

Please let me know if you have info you don't want to share here and I will send you my personal e-mail.

Thanks for your help. Time is of the essence.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4192)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 9:44 PM

Hi Pat,
I'm sending you a PM.

-- Geri

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 10:29 PM

Don't all animals go in a special place in the storage area? I hear it's cold where they put them...

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 3:17 AM

Do any of you have personal experience with pet transports? How good was the service provided and what was the cost?

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 3:23 AM

do any of you have knowledge of pet transports? Are they reliable? What do they cost? My dog will be sent alone, so I want to be sure she'll be cared for while en route.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 3:25 AM

I know I have posted additional questions here twice now and they never show up. I feel like I'm in the twilight zone!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 4:42 AM

Pat,
I have shipped my dogs fairly often....always accompanying
them on the same plane BUT I'm never allowed to see them
from check-in until I pick up my baggage....so it is the
same, as far as the dog is concerned, as if I put them on
the plane and then just appeared at the other end.

Advice....
They say not to drug the animal unless it is extremely hyper
because if there were to be a problem, the animal needs to
be alert e.g.if lugguage is falling etc. They have specific
rules about the cages, must be strong and sturdy.

Make sure it goes to the "bathroom" just before being taken
away, and immediately after you retrieve the dog and I did
NOT feed mine before the trip so they wouldn't get sick.

Don't know about American different airlines but I would be
guided by how they treat PEOPLE. I have only used WestJet a
Canadian Airline,and they were superb.The people were very
kind dog-lovers who tended the animals, and my dogs were as
happy and confident when I got them back, as when I turned
them over to the attendant.

In the early days, it was very risky to ship dogs but they
do it now as a matter of course....and it's the least stressful
way to take an animal long distances. And your dog is only 4
years old so presumably young, healthy and open to change.

If you want to know any more Pat, you can e-mail me
Best Wishes to both of you

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 8:23 AM

Some good advice here...we drugged our dog, who is a barker. Probably because he is never caged. They don't like barkers and will not take your dog if he/she barks (at least Continental won't). We tested it out with the vet to find the right dosage and how long he would sleep etc. and gave him the pill moments before he boarded. He was alert during the boarding, slept throught the flight, awake and alert when we picked him up. He flew with my son from Seattle to Newark. My best advise is to check with your vet. Check the prices, too. It varies from airline to airline and goes by weight with some.
Maureen
P.S.Of course we never shared with the airline that we had drugged the dog. Since it had been tried with him to see how he tolerated it, we felt comfortable. The drug testing happened at the vets, not the house.

revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 1:42 PM

I'll add that if at all possible try to make it a single flight. The more takeoffs and landings, the more worries for the pooch.

When we moved from Bakersfield, we went ahead and drove to LAX, just to avoid the inevitable change of planes for them. Not sure if that could be done from Omaha, but check the schedules.

Best of luck!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 6:26 PM

Thanks for all of you responses. This is one of those times when it's tough living "out in the sticks." It's a long ways from anywhere. We do have small plane flights to the larger cities, but I haven't found out yet if they even take animals from here. I'm guessing we'll have to get the dog to Omaha or Denver.

I've never had to check on airlines, services, etc., so I am really lost here. But with everyone's help and support, I'll get it figured out.

Thanks again.

Any other suggestions, please be sure to let me know.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 28th Apr '08 5:01 AM

Yes MPLAW....
I can see how all that barking
would disturb the baggage!!!!

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Mon, 28th Apr '08 6:17 AM

How about, just forget the flying and put the pooch in the back seat of the RV and drive. How would any human like to ride in the cargo bay of anything. If travel is impossible, find the dog another home. This may sound cold and heartless, but thionk about how loud and scary it must be flying in a cage for hours. One last thing, look how your luggage and valuables are handled, imagine your faithful pet.


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