Post # 1
Our puppy will be about 5.5 months old when we fly down to visit FI’s family for about 2 weeks. We want to take him with us, but are guessing that he will be about 50 lbs (hes a yellow lab/sheppard mix) by then so I dont think he will fit in a crate under the seat… will he? The other option is to check him, which is really expensive, and on top of that, how are the conditions?? Would he freak out??
Post # 3
@pinkshoes: I read the Consumerist blog frequently. It’s associated with Consumer Reports. They constantly have stories about animals that die, are lost, etc. in the care of airlines. I would leave the dog with someone trustworthy rather than fly with a pet unnecessarily.
Post # 4
I would only fly a dog if you are moving out of the country and there are no other ground transport options.
You can pay a special cargo plane for pets- but it would be astronomical for a 2 week trip and may not be good for your pup. It is not natural for a dog to experience those types of elevation changes and temperature drops/gains. Obviously it gets done, but it has its risks.
Post # 5
I live in Seattle and almost every other year we fly home to Philadelphia for about 2 weeks for Christmas and also our wedding was in Philly and we were home for 2 weeks.
We took my dog on our trip since we were gone so long and I would feel bad leaving her with the boarders for that long.
My dog is about 49 pounds.
Considering it was winter time, I was not comfortable putting her in the cargo hold that wasn’t climate controlled. Also, I don’t think any airlines allowed pets to travel in the cargo because there was a weather embargo because it was too cold. The only airline that I found that has climate controlled cargo is Alaska Airlines. The vet checked her out and approved her for flying before we went. He didn’t suggest tranquiizers because it’s hard for her to regulate her body temperature if she takes them. What my vet did suggest was to give her a bendryl tablet before they took her.
She was fine! It was a non-stop flight to Philly and then back to Seattle. About 5-6 hours.
If we go home this christmas, I’m going to try to take her with us again.
Here are some pics of her at the airport before we put her in her kennel.
Oh, I think it cost us about $150 each way for her to fly. For us, it was cheaper to take her with us then board her.
Oh, yeah, 50 lb dog is too big to fit in the main cabin. Your dog will need to be placed underneath.
You should check out Pet airways. http://petairways.com/. It’s a pet airline that allows dogs to stay in the main cabin and not in the cargo. I’m waiting for them to fly to Seattle and to Philadelphia. At the moment, they aren’t so it will be Alaska Airlines for now.
Oh, here is another pet flying site. http://www.petflight.com/
It tells you of all the reports of something happening to pets and on which airline. It’s scary to read but luckily, we didn’t make it on to the list.
Post # 6
If you flew with your dog, it would definitely have to go in cargo. It depends on the airline, but the max weight for the dog + carrier (not crate, has to be soft-sided) in the cabin is 15-20 lbs. I have a 10 lbs toy poodle, and I bring him in the cabin, but I would be hesistant more hesistant to put a dog in cargo where I couldn’t monitor it the entire time. My dog’s vet prescribed xanax to make him groggy. He was still awake, but very calm. (He gets bad anxiety just riding in the car). That might be something to look into if you do decide to put the dog in cargo.
Post # 7
Thanks for the info everyone! We wont be flying with him. I dont want to put him in cargo and it would be over $400 to do so with Delta. That much money to give my poor little pup such a rough ride… not worth it. We’ll be leaving him at home.
Post # 8
@pinkshoes: That’s exactly why we board our dog in the kennel when we travel. At $400 to have her fly in the cargo hold – it just isn’t worth it.