Q: What is the best way to deal with this situation?

August 7, 2009 | By Gina C. | 3 answers | Expired: 1858 days ago

Gina C.

I will be moving early next year to Alaska and I don't know if I should drive or fly.If I fly what kinds of things should I do and ask?If I drive what should I do?Small long haired chihuahua.

Readers' Answers (3)

Aug 15, 2009

If you decide to travel by car make sure you have an appropriate size kennel or harness to seat belt the dog in for added safety in the car. Do not allow the dog to roam free in the car. God forbid an accident happens, your dog could be seriously injured.

I am quite familiar with the process of flying with a dog. I raise dogs and refuse to ship my puppies in cargo, so I fly them in cabin with either myself or the new owner flies to my location to take the puppy home. As soon as you decide on an airline and flight you will need to make sure you contact the airline and let them know you will be traveling with a pet. It is important you secure a spot for your dog as they only allow 2-3 pets on a flight. While on the phone with the airline rep (you can also find this info on the airlines website) you will need to find the size kennels allowed in cabin for the particular plane style you are on. Soft-sided kennels work the best. You will also need to get a health certificate from your vet to fly your dog. Depending on the vet this usually costs less than $50. There is also an additional charge by the airline to take your dog in cabin with you, this is usually around $100 and is paid at the airport when you check in. If I'm on a longer flight (more than 2 hours) I take puppy pads with me. This allows me to take the puppy into the restroom on the plane, cover the floor with puppy pads (usually 2) and let the puppy do it's business with having to clean a mess in the kennel.

Good luck with your move!

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Lori R.

Aug 07, 2009

First of all; best of luck. Moving has never been fun for me. Secondly, I hope you bought your baby some sweaters. My cousin lives in Alaska and he has a Lab and a Pit. Just with my experience with Chihuahuas their blood sugar can get low pretty quick. I have never flown but I think having your baby in the car with you to monitor would be safer for it than unsupervised in a cargo hold. That way you can let it take potty breaks and feed and water it as needed too. also a move for anyone is stressful and it might be easier on your pup if you were close by. Like I said before I have never flown, but these are just my thoughts. Hope everything works out for you.

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Aug 08, 2009

If you decide to fly, check with different airlines to find out their policies on pets. Your dog is small, so should be allowed to go on the plane with you. If so, make sure you have a carrier for your dog that will fit under the seat in front of you. I will not allow my dog to be put in cargo on a plane. Driving would not present a problem except for all the long hours to get there. If you drive, make sure you check ahead for motels that allow pets. Also talk to your vet for advice on any medications if your dog gets carsick or stressed by travel. Good luck with the move!

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