|Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 3:46pm PST |
|I am planning to fly down to Phoenix, AZ later this month or next month to take back my first love, Sophie, a 9-year-old Shih Tzu, who has been generously looked after my dad ever since I went to university in Seattle (5 years ago). We already have a new dog in our home now, Eevee, but I constantly plagued with feelings of guilt whenever I think about Sophie. My dad has kindly cared for her since my family separated, especially in light of a severe lack of financial and personal resources, but I know that she would be far better in our care. She is almost never walked, has reoccurring ear infections, has not had any vet visits or vaccinations for 5+ years, has impacted anal glands, and the last time I saw her last Christmas, I wanted to cry at how much she had aged since I saw her last. I could go on forever; I've even had nightmares! I love my dad and am thankful for his care, but I can't sit here knowing she needs attention and ultimately deserves better-- I know it would be a relief to my dad for me to take her off his hands either way.
Sophie's last and only experience on the plane was a complete disaster: she went cargo and my dad reported extracting her shaken and caked in her own poop and urine when she arrived. I'm adamant that she travels in the cabin with me and make her flight as least stressful as possible (nonstop obviously). She experiences moderate to severe anxiety/sickness in the car unless if I command her into sit/down, but hopefully it won't get triggered too badly aside from the takeoff/landing. My plan is to have the whole weekend when we get back for her transition into her new home and sister.
Would anyone have tips/advice on flying cabin? Considering that she doesn't have current vaccinations, will that prohibit her from flying? I am planning to visit a vet in Phoenix to get this done, if it cannot wait till I get to my preferred clinic in Seattle.
Your advice and insight is greatly appreciated, thank you!
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