After 3+ yrs in Macau, we have decided to move back to Singapore. The only different is that this time we will be bringing back a new member.
Keke have nvr been on a plane or any long trip that require us to crate her. As such, beside the long list of paperworks, I am worried about the 4 hrs flight excluding waiting time for her in the crate. I am even having nightmares over it already.
I need advise of what can I do to lessen her stress and prepare her for the trip. On the day of travel, how should I feed her so that she will not vomit or dirty herself during that few hrs? Will she be ok w/o water for approximately 6 hrs?
Any extra input, suggestion and reminder will be most welcome!
She have been crated until she was one yr old. She does fine in a home environment or when I am somewhere near. But putting her in the crate in a totally strange area might freak her up :(
I will go get her travel crate and let her get used to it before the actual travel in July.
Hi there. Don't worry too much. My Butters has flown both domestically in the United States and Internationally. Her first trip was to Seattle, WA from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I had a 1 1/2 hour flight and then a 3 hour layover and then another 5 hour flight. And just recently she flew from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Stuttgart, Germany. That was the 1 1/2 flight and then another 2 hour layover followed up by 10 hour flight.
My best piece of advice would be to try and limit the amount of layovers between flights. I would only really recommend 1 if you need to. Also, double check all the laws on bringing in the pet to the new country. I had to spend my last day before flying to Germany running around like a mad woman. There was a small by-law that my local vet was not aware of. If you have your dog rabies vacinated before they are microchipped than that shot is no longer valid according to German law. Also, many countries require that your dog must be microchipped. I called ahead to the USDA vet in my capital and they gave me the most accurate info.
As far as the crate goes, like everyone has mentioned just get her use to it before you leave. Make sure it's big enough that she can stand up and turn around. Many airlines are very strict on that. Also, she will be much more comfortable. Aviation laws require that you have 2 dishes attached to the crate. You can find these dishes at most pet stores. They are special ones that snap on. You must have one for water and one for food. Check to see if your airline requires you carry food with the crate incase they need to feed your dog in route. With me they didn't, but I carried some on myself just incase. Better safe than sorry. Also, a tip I learned from the TSA guys at the airport was to bring zip ties to add extra security to the closure of the crate. You cannot attach these until after security inspects your crate. Now as far as accidents in the crate, that's kind of up to how your dog is noramlly in crate. Butters has never had an accident in her crate, even as a puppy. So luckily for me, she has come out clean as a whistle everytime. But with my parents dogs, who never have accidents in the house, well sometimes they pee in flight. I think a lot of this might have to do with being scared along the way. Just make sure you bring paper towels to clean them up with once you take him or her out of the crate at the airport. I also do this outside as well, as Butters can have "happy pees" sometimes. :) And let's just say she is happy to see me.
Now as when to feed him or her. Here in the United States it's required by law that you feed the dog at least 4 hours before the flight. They actually fill that into the paperwork. I personally fed Butters about 2 hours before, and gave her water right up until I left her with the airlines. I let her pee once more at the airport. But she doesn't get travel sickness. If you think you might have a problem, feed about 3 hours prior and maybe just not quite as much as normal.
I have to agree strongly with "Potus" as far as to sedate or not. Every vet I've spoken to in Virginia, Seattle, and Germany have all been against it. You have to remember most animals when sedated are under medical watch. When you sedate your animal in flight you have no idea how they are reacting to the medicine. Even if they were fine under a "test" at home, they could have a different reaction another time. There are so many things that can go wrong with sedation. I would never do it with a healthy dog that doesn't have strong anxiety issues. I'm sure there are some people that NEED to use it, but if your dog is otherwise a happy healthy dog don't.
One last tip. Once you are actually on your flight you need to ask a flight attendent to confirm that your dog is on the flight. The flight attendent will either contact ground crew, or she will speak directly with the pilot. The pilot will know exactly what he or she is carrying prior to takeoff. I know I'm kind of shy, so I had some issues working up the nerve to ask because I didn't want seem like that annoying passenger. But my Butterball means the world to me so I always ask.
Sorry, this is so much but I know I wanted all the advice I could get before I flew. Don't worry, as long as your fully prepared and have done your research all will okay. I know it can be scary, especially with a lot of the horror stories you hear. But sometimes you have no choice, and your dogs are your family members too. Growing up in a military child we flew all over the world with our Dogs. They have always done great. :)
Thank you for the details info! I have checked with Air Macau (the only airline that will let me bring her as excess baggage) and they said I can put whatever I want in the crate as long as the door is secured.
Singapore required import dogs to have Serology Blood Test so we need to settle that before proceeding to the next step. So much info to digest and so more running to do. But the flight and the 30 days quarantine are the one I am worried about.
Current flight time will be 2pm in the afternoon which mean HOT HOT HOT in July :( Hopefully they will have a different timing by then. Air Macau is the only airline that is direct and will take pet. Flying via HK is not an option cos it is too time consuming and cost a lot more.
I will need to feed her if the flight time remain unchanged. I will adjust her feeding time probably 2 wks before the actual flying to make sure that she won't poop during the flight.
Will she be crying her heart out during the trip? She barks when I left her at the groomers every time.