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Old 02-20-2013, 04:21 PM
 
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Hello,

I'm moving to NJ & have to ship my 7 mo. old English Bulldog to my new residence. I plan on using "Pet Safe", a vendor who United Airlines uses to ship animals. Any tips, suggestions or anyone who has used United in similar circumstances? I've never had to ship a pet...

Thanks!
Where the animals are kept on planes is not climate controlled the same way the cabin is. Temperature variations, air quality, etc can all kill an animal. I know this firsthand when we really did have no choice in shipping a pet (overseas) and when it came off the plane she was convulsing due to extreme dehydration. Apparently the temperature in the pet area of the cargo compartment had been over 120oF for over two hours while sitting on the runway due to a delay. Luckily she did not die, but I would never ship an animal again, I would be more likely to rehome them first and I would NEVER do that.

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Old 02-20-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Where the animals are kept on planes is not climate controlled the same way the cabin is. Temperature variations, air quality, etc can all kill an animal. I know this firsthand when we really did have no choice in shipping a pet (overseas) and when it came off the plane she was convulsing due to extreme dehydration. Apparently the temperature in the pet area of the cargo compartment had been over 120oF for over two hours while sitting on the runway due to a delay. Luckily she did not die, but I would never ship an animal again, I would be more likely to rehome them first and I would NEVER do that.

And that right there is something that is uncontrollable. When we landed they promised me the dogs in Cargo (there were three) would be offloaded immediately. They weren't. They sat in the hold for about 3/4 hour in 90 degree (outside) heat and it was about another half hour before they got into the building. For a snub nosed dog that could already be stressed out, it could be deadly.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: SC
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Airlines have strict heat guidelines for brachycephalic breeds. Any breed on their list cannot even book a flight if the temp goes over their restricted leve at any point in the destination, including layovers.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Unfortunately, the weather doesn't always comply. I waited 3 months to travel because of the weather. I had been watching it carefully. The temps had been about 80, the day we flew it went up to 90.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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Wow! Once again thanks everyone for weighing in on this issue! We really want our little bully to be safe during his travel (however that may be) and arrive in NJ ready to romp!

I did find a pet travel specialist company.. "Worldwide Pet Transport" through our corporate relocation people. I contacted them and they found only 1 domestic airline that would take the english bulldog...Alaska Airlines. The quote wasn't outrageous, but pricey enough to cause one to really noodle other possible options...ie, figure a way to drive.

So we will see how it goes...luckily my little guy does really well on car rides (no car sickness,etc) so that's off my mind.

Thanks!
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