I will be flying with my 6-year old Pug for the first time in a few weeks, and had a few questions. I've seen older threads about how airlines are with allowing Pugs, so I was hoping someone might have updated information. We are flying on American Airlines, and my Pug already has a reserved spot on both legs of the flight. She will be microtagged, and have a fresh certificate of health from her vet, but I don't know what other problems to anticipate.
Also, if anyone has any medicinal suggestions that have worked with their Pug, please let me know so I can bring it up with her vet. I tried giving her benadryl once, and it didn't affect her at all, so I need something stronger, but don't know what's safe. She's pretty high-strung, and I'm afraid the flight will be really stressful for her, so if there is a safe medication for Pugs that will chill her out like doggie xanax, she will definitely need some!
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I'd talk to your vet regarding something stronger.
Has she been in the carrier you'll be using? I'd make sure she was VERY comfortable in there before heading for the airport! I don't know about American Airlines, but most airlines require the animal to stay in the carrier for the entire flight...
Good luck with your travels!
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Practice runs with her in the carrier, in the car, walking around a busy area with her in the carrier? Maybe taking naps in the carrier? A few weeks might be not enough time to get her deconditioned, but at least it's better than finding out on that day what works and what doesn't.
How long is the flight? Make sure she has a peepad in her carrier in case of accidents, bring some light cleanup supplies. Make sure her harness or collar or whatever is tightened snugly and escape-proof - last week a dog at our airport here escaped and is still unable to be located on the airport grounds!
Write down the address and phone number of a 24-hour emergency veterinarian at your destination, just in the rare case she gets sick or overheated or something, you don't want to be panicking/stuck without a plan.
Most vets won't give you any tranquilizers for flying, even if they are traveling in cabin. You could try Bach's Rescue Remedy, it is an herbal liquid that can calm them down. Whatever you use, try it out well before the flight.
All good advice and wear her out before the flight. Welcome to the village!
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and good luck! Let us know how it goes... I'm curious!
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Get her used to the carrier.
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Thanks for the tips, everyone.
I have been making her practice sitting in her carrier for the past several weeks, and now when I give her a treat (before I leave for work or when I come home), I put the treat in the carrier, so she has to go inside to get it. So far I've made her sit in it for at least an hour a day, and I think starting this weekend I will bump it up to two hours, and try to gradually increase it until we leave.
The main challenge is just to get her in the carrier in the first place; she sticks her butt up and pushes her weight out, so it's like trying to shove a watermelon into a handbag. Once she's inside, she usually just lies down now. But I know at the airport, I'll have to take her out of the bag for TSA to screen it, so I'm going to have to shove the watermelon back inside after that.
I know sedatives and muscle relaxers aren't very safe for Pugs, so I'm hoping the vet will be able to find something that will make her drowsy without knocking her out completely.
Our flight is from Oklahoma City to Dallas (quick 45 minutes), then Dallas to New York City (about 3.5 hours). Total time in the bag will be about 5 hours with layover. She can hold her bladder all day long, but if she's freaked out, I know accidents can happen!
I think wrestling with her to get her in is not going to help the process get any easier... is the container large enought to lure her through to get a biscuit (i.e. offered from the outside, through the opening)? Even better, can you put her bowl of food in there - every meal - door open... so it is really nbd.. no big deal?
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She's just not used to being confined; she hasn't been crate trained since she was a puppy, so she's had the run of the house for the past several years now.
The carrier bag is the "in-cabin approved" size, and she's big enough to stand, sit, and turn around. It has velcro flaps that open to zippered mesh windows on top (which she likes to poke her head out of) and the front. There's no food or water dish inside of it, but I have a small travel one I bought (because I know she'll need water when she starts panting and getting excited.)
I usually just put a treat inside and when she goes for it, I hold her, rub her belly, and push her inside. It's gotten a little easier to "lure" her into it with this method, but my fear is that it'll be difficult again once she's at the airport around all sorts of smells and noises and people. This is why I'm hoping for a medication to mellow her out.
While I'm making her sit inside it for an hour or so each day, I open the top flap, so I can put my hand inside & pet her to soothe her a bit. She only panics when she doesn't know where I am, so while she's under the airplane seat, this is my plan of action to let her know "I'm right here, honey."
I sorry I have no advice but the watermelon in the handbag was just to funny.