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Has anyone had an experience shipping a pet by air?

by tom44 on March 21, 2013

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Question by Thandie: Has anyone had an experience shipping a pet by air?
I may have to take a job on the west coast and I’d like to fly out but I’ve only heard bad things about pets and airlines. I love my dog and want him to have the best experience possible. Any suggestions?

Best answer:

Last year my husband and I flew from Cincinnati, OH to Albany, NY via Delta airlines with our Boston Terrier. Before we went I asked the vet lots of questions. We flew non stop to make it easier on our dog. To our surprise he did really well. I guess it depends on what type of dog you have. Before we flew I looked into taking dogs on planes, some people put them in a pet carrier and check them as luggage. I would NEVER do this! Good luck!

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4 thoughts on “Has anyone had an experience shipping a pet by air?

  1. shad b says:

    if your dog is small enough to fit in a carry-on some airlines will let you do that. otherwise your dog is going to be stuffed in a plastic crate tossed around by strangers and crammed in the luggage compartment for more than 12 hours. he will have no clue what is going on. My dog would not be happy……Delta will at least let you know that your dog in on the plane.

  2. darylann says:

    I’ve flown my dog, and there were no problems. He was too large to put under the seat, but the airline personnel were great with him and made sure he had water, etc. I’m sure there are horror stories out there too, but generally I think they are cared for fairly well. NOTE: Some people recommend tranquilizing your dog for a trip if they’ll be crated and put in stowage, but I’ve heard that it’s not a good idea because it’s possible that your dog could be overtranquilized and die from choking on its own vomit.

  3. dcgirl says:

    Personally I would drive if I had to take my dog, even if it’s all the way across the country. I fly all the time and I see lots of dogs on planes, both in the cabin (little dogs only) and in cargo, and they rarely look happy at all. More often, when you pick them up from baggage claim, they’re scared, and usually have soiled themsleves. Imagine having an “accident” in your cage and having to lay in the mess for another 4 hours. No thanks, not for my dog. Some people get tranquilizers from the vet to make the dog sleep for the flight but that doesn’t keep them from soiling themselves, and whenever they’re not sleeping, they’re scared and I just can’t imagine it being very pleasant for them. And I actually saw a woman once picking up her cat in baggage claim and it had died during the flight. To me, it’s just not worth torturing my dogs like that.

  4. Kaulana says:

    i work for an airline and i see dogs get shipped all the time….i can assure you that we do our best to take care of them but to be honest i don’t know if i could ever do it personally. they look so sad and scared when they get loaded in a dark space with nothing but big bags around them. it does happen all the time but it’s really up to you.

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