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Q: Travelling with your dog on a plane

November 23, 2008 | By Lourdes M. | 7 answers | Expired: 2181 days ago

Lourdes M.

We are thinking of visiting my in-laws in LA in May. But only if we can take Sydney (from DC to New Orleans). What do people do if their dogs "need to go" while travelling? We were ona flight between Congo (Brazzaville) and Paris in October and this woman had two dogs ... never saw quite what she did but it was a very long flight ......

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Anne m.
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Nov 24, 2008

It won't be that long of a flight, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Make sure they go righte before you put them in the carrier and talk to your vet about a sedative.

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Tobi I.
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Nov 23, 2008

What would be best would be to not feed the animal within a few hours of the flight, lake everyone else has said. Make sure it's a soft sided carrier, maybe with a toy or two. For extra safety, you could get it used to wearing a doggie diaper, if you feel it could happen anyways. I hope this makes sense.
Best wishes,
Tobi~

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Viviane A.
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Nov 23, 2008

All great answers given so far. If you are still concerned that your dog may eliminate while in the carrier you can get the dog used to wearing a doggie diaper and put one on for the flight -- and change it mid flight if necessary.

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VKiggins
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Nov 23, 2008

I think that temperament is an issue for airplane travel as well. All the above should be followed but if your dog is high strung or nervous, talk to your vet first.

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Lallyke
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Nov 23, 2008

As long as your dog is comfortable in a carry on crate, it should be fine

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Courtney H.
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Nov 23, 2008

Make sure dog is comfortable for soft sided carrier bfore trip and can easiily move around inside it. Don't give the dog and food or water few hours before trip. Make sure she relieves herself at home before you leave and then again at airport before you go inside. I have traveled with my dog in the cabin and he did great. The only tricky part is if your flight gets delayed, getting outside to let dog relieve itself and back through security.

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DDRau
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Nov 23, 2008

I assume you have a small dog staying with you in the plane? If so, she is supposed to stay in her carrier & if you don't feed her or give her water for a few hours before take off you should be OK. Make sure she relieves herself before you board. Don't know how that lady even got on the plane with 2 dogs in the cabin.

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