PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8341 posts, RR: 26 Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1136 times:
On a distance like that I would not use QF but rather SQ and make sure that the dogs have some time in transfer at SIN instead of going all the way. That would give them a welcomed break. Other than that, pets are flown around the world every day and forwarders specialised in pet transport know the arrangements they have to make. Also, get the dogs used to the kennel a few days before departure.
mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 23974 posts, RR: 86 Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1120 times:
Quoting AnsettB727 (Thread starter): Does anyone here have any experience of flying their dogs 'downstairs'? Can any ground staff tell me of their experiences?
I flown dogs "downstairs" - four across the Atlantic and back and two across the Pacific - and I have never had a problem.
On the first journey, they flew American and coming back, Iberia and Aero Mexico. It all went well.
In all instances we were strongly advised by the various vets not to sedate or tranquilize the dogs. I was tad unhappy about this, but the reason given to me is that the sedation interferes with the natural ability of dogs to regulate themselves and, if necessary, "shut themselves down."
I went along with it, a bit unhappily, but the dogs were fine without sedation. Then, last year, we had a cyclone here and Pluto (a nervous dog) "shut himself down" for it. Somehow he put himself into a catatonic state and then woke up again when the winds and rain had died down. So I began to believe the vets.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8341 posts, RR: 26 Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1090 times:
I just did the FRA/SYD/FRA trip within a week without a stop-over, just 2 hrs each way transit at BKK. Honestly, I would give the dogs a treat of a short stop over to refresh the water and dispose the same, a service they might not get if they stay on board in the cargo hold during the stop-over, if QF is used. Just my 2cents.