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pets that fly, can they die?

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1. Posted by el manos (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi, I am new to the group and I have some questions.

I am moving to Spain from Mexico-The US and I MUST go with my dog, Manos. I have studied different ways to get there... I must fly of course...

I was told by Aeromexico that it is no problem, dogs, in their proper crates are put in a special cargo compartment with enough air, good temperature and proper preassure.

While finding out more information on the proper paperwork to enter a European Union country with my pooch a family member of mine called Iberia airlines and somebody on the line told him that many dogs die in shock and that he doesn´t recomend one flies with a dog.

Do you know much about pet safety while traveling?
Is it that dangerous?
Is it certain airlines or is it everybody?
Does anybody have any testimonials of traveling with your pet.

I beg of you to let me know what you know, because I am quite worried.


2. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

me and my family have brought my cats on an airplane several times before, we brought them on as carry-ons. they were fine.. scared, but fine.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting SeeTheSky

me and my family have brought my cats on an airplane several times before, we brought them on as carry-ons. they were fine.. scared, but fine.

You can bring cats on as carry-on luggage? Is there a cat and no-cat section on that particular flight? I dunno - if I had to it next to a cat in a cage for more than 10 minutes, I'd be wheezing and sneezing and pretty peeved underneath it all. Cats belong in their proper place on a flight - in the meatloaf gravy! ;)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

You can travel by air with your pets. Check out this website for some tips Pets Welcome, and also check with the airline you are going to book your tickets with for advice.

And yes, Tway, you are allowed to bring pets as carry on. Policies differ from company to company. For example, Air Canada's policy is that small pets are permitted in kennels that fit under passenger seat.

5. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

You can check this link too, I've found it very useful

I can give you two advices:
First: buy the cage or kennel as soon as you can and make the dog used to it. Make it feel as a safe place for your dog, where, wathever happens around him nothing is going to hurt him, because he is in his den. Dogs are den animals and it is not difficult, but you have to work on it, specially if your dog is too much attached to you and not used to be alone in unknown places.
My dog usually have to be in very unpleasant, noisy and chaotic environments, and if she feels uncomfortable, she alone go to her kennel and sleep.

Second: DO NOT give him sleep pills or nothing similar, even if the airline request it to you. (carry some vitamine pills in your pocket and give it to your dog if their are too much insistent)That kind of medication, in a unattended animal for various hours, in a stress situation, probably under not the best pressure, could be dangerous. If the first step is OK, the dog is going to be calm in the flight without the need of them.


6. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

i cant really remember but we mighta been sneaking them on board. im fairly sure that they werent allowed we just put em in theses litte bags and they stayed real quiet. i really cant remember.