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Old 10-07-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Ever ship a dog? Whaddah I need to know?

My son moved from CA to Char, NC., and wants his dog back.

Is there an airline that is more pet friendly than others? How do I get his dog stuff to go with him? He's up to date on all the medical stuff, and we have paper work.

Any input would help.

Here's Kingston. 3 y.o. Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I will miss him, he's a goody!

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:04 PM   #2
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I've never just shipped him alone as air freight but my dog went with me on whatever airline the company booked me on. I bought one of those large fiberglass travel pen/cages (yellow lab size). Worked well. Dog put up with it and never any issues with the airlines. Don't know if it's any different as air freight. For his doggie
paraphernalia box it up and ship it USPS or UPS.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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Stamp over one eye, stuff him in the post box and he's good to go.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:45 AM   #4
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We used Continental from NC to Chicago a few years ago. Had to buy an approved crate, that was about it.

http://www.pettravel.com/airline_pet...ontinental.cfm
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:07 AM   #5
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Poke holes in the box...before you put the dog in the box.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:10 AM   #6
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We used Continental from NC to Chicago a few years ago. Had to buy an approved crate, that was about it.

http://www.pettravel.com/airline_pet...ontinental.cfm
We used Continental to ship our dog from HI to FL. Worked fine.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:29 AM   #7
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He's a Bull, through sheer force of personality he'll probably wind up in First Class!
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:32 AM   #8
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You need to know that a lot of pets die that way. NO airline will take responsibility for that. You will sign a lot of waivers acknowledging that. If it is hot on the runway and the airplane has to sit due to a mechanical or other issue, the cargo hold can reach some very unbearable temperatures. Short nosed dogs don't do well. Some airlines won't take certain breeds because the risk is too high so it may not even be an option due to him being a staffordshire. IF you decide to go that route, make sure he has plenty of water in the crate with him. Some airlines require that. Talk to your vet about sedating him for the trip. His doggie toys and such can be sent by Fed Ex so he would only be without for a day or two.

An alternative is http://pilotsnpaws.org/. You are in a position that you don't have to send him immediately. Put in a request and see what happens. A lot of private pilots make trips and are willing to help out if they are going that way anyhow. Another option is with long distance truckers who do the same thing. Google "trucker pet rescue". There are several organizations that do the same thing.

My wife found a dog she had to have. Problem was, he was in a shelter in Kentucky and we live in Florida. We looked into flying him and what I found was a lot of horror stories about pets dying in commercial airlines. I drove the 1600 mile round trip to get him instead. It was a fun trip and we took our time coming home.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:12 PM   #9
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What others have said...plus...

We've flown our dogs with us and also air shipped one years ago unaccompanied.

Only fly a dog if you absolutely have to.

Our's all did well, but it was very hard on them.

Talk to a trusted vet about whether or not the pooch will need sedation. Remember that sedation may exacerbate dehydration.

Most (reputable) airlines won't fly animals in the winter or summer due to temperature extremes.

You will need an airline approved kennel - the regs changed a few years back and the kennel we'd purchased from an airline no longer cut the mustard, so ensure if you borrow/buy a used one, that it meets current specs.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #10
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seems like a dog relay could be arranged.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:05 PM   #11
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You need to know that a lot of pets die that way. NO airline will take responsibility for that. You will sign a lot of waivers acknowledging that. If it is hot on the runway and the airplane has to sit due to a mechanical or other issue, the cargo hold can reach some very unbearable temperatures. Short nosed dogs don't do well. Some airlines won't take certain breeds because the risk is too high so it may not even be an option due to him being a staffordshire. IF you decide to go that route, make sure he has plenty of water in the crate with him. Some airlines require that. Talk to your vet about sedating him for the trip. His doggie toys and such can be sent by Fed Ex so he would only be without for a day or two.

An alternative is http://pilotsnpaws.org/. You are in a position that you don't have to send him immediately. Put in a request and see what happens. A lot of private pilots make trips and are willing to help out if they are going that way anyhow. Another option is with long distance truckers who do the same thing. Google "trucker pet rescue". There are several organizations that do the same thing.

My wife found a dog she had to have. Problem was, he was in a shelter in Kentucky and we live in Florida. We looked into flying him and what I found was a lot of horror stories about pets dying in commercial airlines. I drove the 1600 mile round trip to get him instead. It was a fun trip and we took our time coming home.
Those are pretty cool ways of shipping a dog. I guess you would need the dog to be pretty friendly with strangers. I see the personal attention to be a good thing. I wonder if you could use U-ship?

Have you ever taken the dog on a longer road trip? If the dog doesn't do short trips very well, a long road trip will not be good.
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:51 AM   #12
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I have worked for airlines that refused to ship animals. Too much responsibility for them since it is so common for things to go bad. I would never ship my dogs anywhere.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:37 PM   #13
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In 1990 we shipped an Irish Wolfhound puppy from Ireland to Vancouver, Bc.

KLM Amsterdam - Vancouver non stop. Overnight in Amsterdam Pet Hotel -KLM owned and operated. Dog seemed to be fine by whole process, Huge dump in car park though

Flew another Wolfhound Toronto to Vancouver in 1986 again no issues

KLM had a whole department to handle animals cows, elephants, etc

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Old 10-14-2013, 11:09 PM   #14
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I've shipped 'em.

Prefer to ship in the evening so temps aren't too warm and I don't ship mid summer. Talk to your vet about the dog and if a mild sedative might be a good idea.

Know that a dog coming off of a long flight may arrive covered in crap so whoever picks it up should be prepared JIC. Water, too. The dog will need plenty of water and there won't be too many places for him to put it once he's done with it.

Pick the shortest possible route, flying time, and weather that's a little cool is a whole lot better than weather that's a little hot. No layovers in PHX, etc.
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