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    Quote Originally Posted by findeb View Post
    Glad he's settling in to the crate a bit more now, sounds like your training is coming along very well

    My friend must have hired the crate, I just took him in on his lead and the guy put him in the crate to make sure it was the right size.

    I think these days there are a lot more animals on flights across Australia, I'm sure they'll be gentle and you'll be back to sunny Perth before you know it

    Could you ask the vet if there's some medication you can give him - some kind of sedative to make him drowsy?
    Thanks for the reply. Actually as mentioned in the post above me, yeah, sedatives and putting dogs to sleep are not allowed anymore. Most airlines don't even accept animals who are sedated. Even the vet told me that yesterday.. very bad.


    Quote Originally Posted by CooperMonster View Post
    Hi Perthwolf,

    I can't help with the crate training but I just wanted to offer you some reassurance about the flight - your dog will be fine! It's much worse on us humans than it is on animals. My family flew a very nervous sooky dog from London to Sydney and he was totally fine. Yes he would have been frightened, but they are such resilient creatures and after a week he was back to his happy self. That was 27 hours on a plane, and 30 days in quarantine!!

    It sounds like you a doing a great job working with him to build up his confidence with the crate. Try not to stress too much (easier said then done I know!), it'll be over before you know it and you and your dog will be safely in Perth. The handlers will look after him. Also, not a good idea to sedate a dog in flight (as per the previous posters suggestion), medications plus altitude isn't a great combo for dogs and you don't know how it could effect their breathing.

    Good luck, it'll be such a good feeling once it's all over and done with! Let us know how you get on.

    Luci

    Hello, thanks for the reply. It really helps a lot and I appreciate it. Keeps me sane, lol. And wow, 27 hours flight woooo! And yeah about sedating the dog, I'd never do that. I heard bad things about it. Also as mentioned before the vet told me yesterday exactly the same thing you did. It effects their breathing and they can die as a result. Will let you know how it goes

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    Some sedatives for dogs on plane rides are really bad.

    For starters it can lead to the death of the dog. Especially if the dog can't stay hydrated and all that - tho I can't imagine my dog being calm enough - crate trained or not to be ok about eating or drinking.

    And it can also lead to a severely traumatised dog - depending what sedative they use. Often the effect is the dog is groggy but aware of what's going on but unable to express a problem with it. Imagine not being able to move or scream while something really scary is happening. It's worse than screaming and panicking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Some sedatives for dogs on plane rides are really bad.

    For starters it can lead to the death of the dog. Especially if the dog can't stay hydrated and all that - tho I can't imagine my dog being calm enough - crate trained or not to be ok about eating or drinking.

    And it can also lead to a severely traumatised dog - depending what sedative they use. Often the effect is the dog is groggy but aware of what's going on but unable to express a problem with it. Imagine not being able to move or scream while something really scary is happening. It's worse than screaming and panicking.
    Yes, it's a very scary thought. I wonder why this was allowed in the past... I'd never do that to my dog even if he is a nervous one. I'd rather he be fully awake instead of drugged up.

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    That's a really good thing to know about the sedatives, sounds like it would be more traumatising than calming (scary thought for the poor animal) thanks Luci and Hyacinth for the info...

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