|Barked: Sat Jul 23, '11 11:37am PST |
|Search online with the words like Southwest Airline Pet Complaints and AirTrans Airline Pet Complaints . Hopefully if anyone has had problems they will have posted at Complaints.com ComplaintsBoard.com RipOffReport.com etc
Check to see if you can buy a seat for your dog. I have heard they do allow two pets per cabin. If he is small, put in pet travel duffle bag and carry on with extra charge.
If too big, most airlines will not let you put a dog underneath if the temperature is above 70 degrees because they may not have AC in the baggage hold. If you must put him underneath. No drugs as that can make a dog have trouble breathing in a stressful environment.
Put a folded beach towel in the travel crate. if he has an accident it will soak it up.
For water, the clip on bowl usually filled with water and frozen into an ice block a few days before you leave, so the water won't spill out, but the ice will be melting so he will have some water.
It is dangerous to put your pets on as baggage. The big danger is they go up a conveyor belt to the luggage hold and sometimes if the pet jumps around it can roll off the thin conveyor belt from a high elevation, and the pet can get hurt or the door may break open and the dog panics and runs away. This has happened to some people who are terribly heartbroken.
Also, make sure your pet has a microchip with info on where you are going, and phone numbers for you, family, friends, vet, incase he escapes.
Also a collar with a slide on or clip on stainless steel CollarTag, safer then the hang down pet id tag as the CollarTag does not fall off or get pulled off.
I found the best pet tags at BoomerangTags.com and they will deeply engrave both sides of the CollarTag so it is very readable compared to aluminum cheap hard to read tags from the big pet stores. And the BoomerangTags engraving is easy to read for the life of your dog. Stamped Aluminum tags need replacing every 3 months I found out when I use to get them so a BoomerangTag will last so will actually be cheaper.
When you switch planes, check with each airline that your dog has made the switch. Many dogs are lost when you switch planes and more are lost when you switch to different carriers.
As soon as you arrive, go get your dog. Don't wait, things can happen. I had my pet left in the middle of a big airport unattended by Delta. Delta did not know where he was. They took him off the jet and just left him in the middle of the public aisle. We walked all over the airport and found him all by himself in the middle of a busy aisle of people walking back and forth in the airport. Someone could have taken him and he would have been gone. Airlines will not care for your pet like you do. To them, it is another piece of baggage.
Is there anyway you can drive him? If too big to go on as carry on.
See if there are any alternatives to travel. Can you travel on a train or bus with him or rent a car and drive. If you are with him, nothing can happen. But left to strangers, dangers can and will happen as no one will care for your pet like you will.
Good luck and search for Pet Complaints with these airlines.
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