CX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 307 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
Next month I'm moving home to Sydney after almost six years in Yokohama near Tokyo, and boyf is migrating to Australia with me. Our flights are all sorted. We've also sorted a flight for Chai - our very shy 2 and a half year old Dachshund. He's flying to Sydney next week on QF22 on 31/1. That way, we will arrive in Sydney just in time to pick him up at the end of his stint in quarantine.
My concern is that as we aren't flying on the same a/c I won't be able to do as other a.netters have suggested elsewhere and ask a FA to pass a message up to the flight deck to make sure he's been safely loaded and the heating is switched on in the cargo hold.
From the time that Japanese quarantine and customs want him dropped off at NRT to the time he will arrive in his temporary home at the quarantine station (miles from the airport in Sydney) he will have been in a smallish cage for 16-18 hours. He will have also been passed from one baggage handler to another - and SYD baggage handlers haven't been receiving rave reviews in the media recently. I also worry he may be left exposed to the cold on the tarmac in NRT or the heat upon arrival in SYD.
Are any of these fears well founded or am I worrying too much?
Pros and cons of sleeping pills/tranquilizers?
Has anyone had specific experiences flying pets with QF and/or handling at NRT and SYD?
Reassurances and honest responses would be much appreciated.
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 27621 posts, RR: 81
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
My expoerience is mostly with New Zealand, but I have visited Quarantine in Sydney, inspected the premises and spoken with the staff.
You are worrying too much. A lot of people will be handling your dog and no one wants harm to come to him. Everyone wants him to survive the experience well and happy.
But please - do NOT tranquilize or sedate your dog.
If you sedate your dog in any way, you will interfere with his natural processes.
When a dog is stressed, he can control his body temperature, which helps him cope. If a dog becomes too stressed, he has the ability to "shut down".
Drugs inhibit the dog's ability to do this.
The last time I flew two dogs LAX/AKL it was 24 hours from check-in (at the LA vet) to when I saw them again, Quarantine gave me a full report on the dogs when they arrived, their health and their state after the journey (one had done one small pee in his cage).
The people at Quarantine are very good at their jobs. They handle breeding dogs a lot of the time and some of them are extremely valuable animals.