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    Default Dogs on a Plane

    Hubby and I are originally from Tassie and both our families are still there. Next time we go back for a visit, we want to take the dogs with us (hey, we have to show them off right?). But I've never taken dogs on a plane before, and I'm not really sure how it works. I know they have to be crated, so I'm guessing I need to get them used to being a crate first?

    I have no idea when we're going back next, but I would like to know well in advance what has to happen! Also, there's another reason I need to know what I have to do regarding flying. I have a great grandmother who is only a couple of years away from being the grand age of 100. Recent conversations with my mum lead me to think I may be getting an emergency "come home asap" call sometime in the next few months (but god I hope not) and I need to have a "dog plan" worked out, as to whether I'll need a baby sitter or if they can come with.

    Sorry for the long winded post but I try to get it all out there to start with!

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    I'm sure most here will have more experience than I do, but I know that some airlines allow you to take the dogs with you as "excess baggage", which is fairly cheap. I think in that case you will need to have your own crates, which must be airline approved. When you book the flights you need to tell them about the dogs, as I believe not all flights cater for animals. Getting your dogs used to a crate is a good idea.

    As to if you have to do an emergency trip, obviously if you can take them that would be ideal, but it may be idea to ask friends if they would take them if you have to drop everything. Or check out dog boarding options so you know who/where they are going.

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    Yep Greys are Great is on the mark.

    You will need either 2 x PP40 (airline approved) crates to fly them. Or 1 x PP60 for the two I would think.

    As long as the dog has room to stand up and turn around, this is the correct legally required size and there is no issue flying two together if they get along.

    You can hire your crate through Jet Pets or Dogtainers and to fly them this way you will need to book a separate passage for them at least 24 hours before you fly - much more expensive than baggage.

    If you were to take them as baggage (as long as your total luggage including the dogs does not exceed 20kg), you will only be able to take one each in a smaller crate per person and you can book them as your baggage a couple of hours before you fly AS LONG as the airport you are flying into and out of allow dogs in the terminal. Canberra does not! I am unsure about Tassie.

    So your first port of call to be prepared is to ring the airports concerned to see if they allow pets in the terminals. Next would be to decide whether you want to pay excess baggage if your total baggage (including dog) is over 20kg. and finally go to your local pet store and ask them for an airline approved crate or two and weigh the dogs and the crate(s) together. Hope this helps!
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    Thanks SPRV - I thought you'd know! One thing I know I will also have to check is Tassie has quite strict quarantine laws. I don't think the dogs in the terminal will be too much of a problem - the airports we'd be flying into (nearer to hometown) are quite small and are pretty much just one building and a shed lol. I hate them, because it means going on the little planes (and I am not what you'd call a good flyer) and we normally get really cheap flights on Jetstar and hire a car and drive the extra hour to our hometown.

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    Ahhhh, beware you won't be able to fly the dogs on Jet Star!!!!! Qantas & Virgin Only!!!!

    Edit to add if you are anywhere near Moorabbin, I can lend you a crate!
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    If we want to fly into the 2 airports either side of our hometown, it's a choice of rex or qantas, and Rex is a fair bit cheaper than qantas I think!

    Thanks for the crate offer - I'm in Preston and hubby has a company car, so nothing is really too far away I'll let you know

    One thing I'm worried about is how Charlie and Bella will actually handle it though. Even though the flight is only about an hour I imagine it will still be scary for them... or is that just because I'm a bit sook when it comes to planes?

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    I doubt Charlie and Bella will bat an eyelid especially if you get them used to the crate
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    I have had my skittish neurotic cat survive a plane flight, so I am sure that your pups will, especially if they are used to the crate first. You can also get doggy-valium from your vet although I would only do this as a last option.

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    OP, you need to check if Rex allow pets. Not used Rex for that before, so not sure. They certainly are a load cheaper than Qantas though, as you said.

    Jet star can't do as Shar Pei said.

    Your dogs would be able to travel down as accompanied luggage in the freight section, and the price is actually quite cheap, so long as the crate you use meets all standards and requirments etc...

    One other thing you MUST take into consideration is that we do NOT have the hydatid tapeworm here in Tassie, therefore you must supply proof that your dog/s have been dosed with the correct drug (and only one is allowable) anything up to 14 days before the flight arrives on Tassie soil. This can be done by your vet who will supply an official letter for proof, or it can also be done by youself, and accompanied with your own written affidavid and the empty drug packet attached as proof.
    That is something you will need to look into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    One other thing you MUST take into consideration is that we do NOT have the hydatid tapeworm here in Tassie, therefore you must supply proof that your dog/s have been dosed with the correct drug (and only one is allowable) anything up to 14 days before the flight arrives on Tassie soil. This can be done by your vet who will supply an official letter for proof, or it can also be done by youself, and accompanied with your own written affidavid and the empty drug packet attached as proof.
    That is something you will need to look into.

    Yep, exactly. Your dogs need to be treated with a drug called Praziquantel. Sentinel Spectrum contains it. Or like DA said, go to your vet

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