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Old Jun 2, 08, 8:17 pm   #1
 
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International flight with dog

My wife will be flying DEN-IAD-BRU with our dog in the hold. Wife is flying in C on United.
If anyone has any tips to make this journey less stressful, please let me know.
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Old Jun 4, 08, 4:29 am   #2
 
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As long as you have all the international vaccines in order, most airlines treat pets as their own. You should not worry about your pets journey, as he/she will ne treated with care.
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Old Jun 4, 08, 6:28 am   #3
 
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Make sure you check on quarantine laws for Belgium before you bring the dog!

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Old Jun 4, 08, 6:43 pm   #4
 
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International travel with dog: tips

I've been flying back and forth from the US to Europe with my various large dogs for many years, and hence have many things to say:

** In order to bring your dog to the EU (incl. Belgium) your dog must now undergo a fairly complex set of steps. Plan ahead, and consult this document (which must be brought with you, along with several vet documents):

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/...fr00120017.pdf

* you must have a microchip placed under your dog's skin.
* either the microchip must be EU standard OR you must bring/rent your own microchip scanner (I found it easier to simply have a second, EU, chip inserted).
* you need a set of vaccinations for your dog far enough in advance that:
* the vaccination sheet can be sent to the USDA for a stamp (!). I had a courier do this, and that worked fine.

** United Airline's policy is to only allow one dog in the hold, and so it is wise to insist that the dog be listed in your record, and to check regularly that the dog is still in your record, so that they don't book another dog. Call the day before you leave to remind them.

**UA will also not take your pet on board if the temperature is above or under a certain level UNLESS you have a note from your vet saying that your pet can stand this variation. I have a husky mix and so I got such a note so that we could fly in winter!

** On day of travel make sure to not feed or water your dog for 5 hours before the flight.

** I'm against tranqs for the dog - it makes it harder for them to resist shocks in the plane. However, if you have a very very nervous dog, ask you vet for something that will make the dog relaxed but not asleep.

**I'm for putting a blanket (preferably smelling like you) on the floor of the crate. Do NOT put in water, as it will spill. However, do tape a small bag of food to the side of the crate, in case the flight is delayed somewhere. I also tape a large note in the languages of the country of origin and country of destination giving the dog's name, the flight numbers the dog SHOULD be on, and any care details. Then I exhort the airport staff to love her as I do -- remember there are pet lovers among airport employees, and they can be your friends.

** When you arrive at the airport, your dog and the crate will be weighed and then checked in. If you ask nicely, they will then allow you to take your dog for one last walk before being crated. This is worth it!

** When you get in the plane, ask the pilot to check that the dog has been boarded. This serves two purposes - they make sure the dog is on board, and they make sure that the cargo hold compartment is correctly heated, pressurized and ventilated for animals.

** In general, EU countries are far more tolerant of dogs in the city than Americans are. This also means that airport staff in European airports tend to be wonderful with pets -- allowing you to visit the pet during layovers, etc.

Hope this is helpful!

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Old Jun 7, 08, 10:28 am   #5
 
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I'm not sure the advanced blood test is still required. I would double check that and bring proof of your findings with you.
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Old Jun 7, 08, 10:37 am   #6
 
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My wife will be flying DEN-IAD-BRU with our dog in the hold. Wife is flying in C on United.
If anyone has any tips to make this journey less stressful, please let me know.
We did a lot of Int'l travel with our dog, though it was all in-cabin.

We always scheduled a stopover on the East Coast for a night to break up the trip. In your case, this would also eliminate UA making the connection for your dog.

Another thing we did before our dog took his first flight was we put him in his travel carrier and drove him around in the car for trips of 30 minutes or so. When he first got in the carrier and we started driving, he would scratch the sides and yelp trying to get out. We just kept going and eventually we stopped the car and let him out. We made sure that wherever we went, it had some fun for him so he'd get the idea that going in the carrier was ok. After a few trips, the whole thing was routine and he'd just get in the carrier and lie down for his ride. Also, we made him stay in the carrier for a little bit once we got where we were going so he wouldn't think that he'd get out right away when the traveling motion stopped.
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