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What You Should Know About Flying With Dogs or Cats in a Plane's Cargo Hold

 
On June, 2016, United Airlines flight 1859 landed in Phoenix with a dead Yorkshire Terrier, Diamond, in its cargo hold. Official cause of death was complications due to “cardiac arteriosclerosis.” A month earlier, Pinkerton was also found dead when United Airlines flight 0722 landed in Phoenix — the cause of death in that case was listed simply as “heart failure.”

Those are but two deaths out of a total of nine that United Airlines reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2016, the most of any airline that year. All airlines are required to make these “animal incident reports” of death or injuries to animals on their flights. United reported 23 incidents (deaths and injuries) in total, but they weren’t the only airline to have pets die on their planes.

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Topics: Crate Training, How to Travel with Dogs, travel anxiety, Heat Exhaustion, Travel, Brachycephalic, Traveling with your cat, Anxiety in Dogs, Traveling with your dog, Anxiety in Cats, Acepromazine

Finding a Boarding Facility or Pet Sitter for Dogs: Where to Start and What to Ask


Bringing a dog into your life often means that trips out of town can become a little more complicated. Sometimes you can’t bring your dog with you, sometimes you don’t want to bring them with you, and some dogs simply don’t want to go with you — at least not all the time. Where do you leave your dog when you’re away? This is usually a tough question, especially if you can’t find someone you know who has the time (or experience) to care for your pet. On the other hand, Internet pet sitting services have made it easier than ever to find a sitter, but not all sitters are created equal. And many people prefer to board their dogs at their vet or with another reputable facility.

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Topics: Dogs, travel with pets, holiday safety, Travel, pet sitting, treatment authorization, pet health, pet sitter, dog boarding

Going On Vacation... Who Makes Pet Care Decisions While You're Away?


The holiday season often means vacation

And while it’s always nice to include your pets in your travel plans, doing so isn’t always practical or possible. It’s at times like these that more and more people are turning to pet sitters and family/friends to watch and help care for their cats and dogs (and other pets).

When you're away from your pet though – who's authorized to make their medical care decisions on your behalf?

You'll likely think to leave behind instructions regarding feeding, walking, and medicating your pets. But are you aware of the importance of leaving whoever is going to be watching after your pets another very important bit of information, too – authorization for medical care decisions in your absence? 

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Topics: Dogs, travel with pets, holiday safety, Cats, Travel, pet sitting, treatment authorization, pet health

Pet Travel Restraints: Necessary for safety, but easy to use and stylish, too!


In my article about travel anxiety in pets I review steps that can help prevent that as well as carsickness in dogs. So hopefully you are now more likely to take your hounds along on future road trips – and hopefully they are more likely to enjoy it, too. But if you’re going to take your dogs or cats along on long car trips (or even short ones around town), doing so safely is of paramount importance. So in this article, I’d like to highlight this vitally important aspect of pet travel – that of pet travel restraint.

Now I know this isn’t exactly a very ‘sexy’ topic, but then, neither was travel anxiety and carsickness, and a lot of you read and shared that article. My hope is that you’ll do both en mass for this one, too, and help keep many more pets safe. So please, regardless of your views about pet travel restraint at this point, just give this article a read. Because, as long-winded as it is – though I prefer to think of it as exhaustive and complete – I will be bringing up some points that you likely haven’t considered, or ever been exposed to before. And I’ll be highlighting and discussing some different means of pet travel restraint, too.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Dog Harnesses, Dogs, Safety, Travel, Pet Booster Seats, Restraints, Harness, Crates, Trucks, Carriers

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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