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August 2nd, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 31 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Note
Summer is in full swing and many pet parents are taking their pooches along with them for their annual family vacations.

If you’re traveling a long distance, it is probably makes more sense to go by plane rather than cramming the whole gang in the car. But how safe is airplane travel for pets anyway?

Guest writer, Alisha Walker from DogFriendlyVacations.com explains the three most important things pet owners should do before taking their dogs on board an airline in this week’s issue of “The Intelligent Pet.”

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Pet Air Travel - Is Your Dog Safe When Traveling By Plane?

By Alisha Walker

If you are concerned for your dog's safety before boarding your first pet flight, please read this article. Just because thousands and thousands of pets are safely transferred from one destination to another via the airlines, it does not mean that dog owners are without responsible precautionary measures to ensure the safety of their family pet.

In fact, after reading through the following pet air travel guidelines that should be taken before boarding your dog on a plane, you will realize just how important it is.

Listen To Your Instincts In Regards To Your Dog's Personality

Just because they are animals, it doesn't mean that all dogs can easily cope with the experience of being locked up in a crate during an airplane ride. Every dog owner knows what his or her dog's personality is like. Trust your gut instincts on whether or not you think your dog can handle the flight. If it doesn't feel right, then your instincts are trying to tell you something about your dog's separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety for dogs is a real condition that should not be overlooked. It is estimated that almost 20% of all dogs suffer at some level from separation anxiety. These personality types make very poor candidates for airplane travel. Such dogs should not be left alone and when their condition reaches elevated levels, it is not uncommon for a dog to literally chew through a metal cage in the attempt of trying to escape, causing severe injuries that can cause the dog to bleed to death.

Minimize Anxiety By Preparing Your Dog For The Experience Of Flying

As mentioned above, it is never acceptable to force your dog to experience flying if he is deemed to have separation anxiety problems. However, there is always the possibility that you can condition him to fly without having any problems.

This can be accomplished by getting your dog accustomed to the travel pet carrier that he will be flying in. Simply have one located in your house and keep your dog inside as often as possible. This can be done during meals, sleep time, and while driving around in the car. Eventually, he will be totally comfortable inside the crate and this will aid in making the dog feel more secure during the plane ride.


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Yes, Your Dog May Get Lost When Accidentally Transferred To A Different Airplane

One of our previous tips for dog owners and air travel was to only select direct flights. Many times, passengers and their luggage may have to transfer to two or more different airplanes before reaching their final destination. It is during these times when some dogs become lost, never to be found again. They accidentally get transferred to the wrong airplane and never make it back to the owner.

To minimize the chances of your dog not making its way back to you, the best thing you can do is ensuring proper identification. Have a permanent ID found in an airline travel kit securely attached to your pet that has your phone number, home address, and any contact information about the place you are traveling to. Microchips and tattoos are also options that can be taken. They may seem extreme but when it comes to your dog and the possibility of him getting lost during air travel, it's definitely worth it, wouldn't you agree?

Still unsure about flying with your dog? Minimize your chances of an airline mishap by preparing with essential pet air travel accessories. Purchase competitively priced airline approved dog travel crates and more at Dog Friendly Vacations.

With two adult children off at College, Alisha adopted an American pit bull terrier, Benny from a local rescue. Her relationship with Benny sparked an interest in all things dog! With a particular interest in dog training and dog travel, Alisha gives advice to fellow dog owners wishing to give their furry friends the best life possible. (Article Source: Pet Air Travel - Is Your Dog Safe When Traveling By Plane?)

 Tail Us What You Think

Got something to say? Well we'd love to hear from you! Feel free to send your comments about our articles to ezine@barfworld.com. You can also share pictures, stories, jokes or whatever dog-related content you’d like. Hey, we may even post it on the next issue of The Intelligent Pet!

Here are some responses from our article, “The Beginning of the End for Raw Pet Food?” (Volume 3, Issue 30):

“I wanted to forward a copy of the email I sent onto AVMA.  It sickens me how much money talks:

(Written to the AVMA):
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN;

I ABSOLUTELY DISAGREE WITH YOUR OPINION ON FEEDING RAW.  I HAVE FED MY DOGS A RAW DIET FOR 11 YEARS NOW & NEVER ONCE HAVE MY DOGS GOTTEN SICK NOR HAVE I OR MY HUSBAND. 

I HAD A DOG WITH ALLERGIES & THIS IS THE VERY REASON WHY I WENT TO A RAW DIET.  MY DOG SCRATCHED HIS FACE RAW FROM APRIL UNTIL THE END OF JUNE, THREE MONTHS.  I HAD TO PUT A CONE ON HIS HEAD FOR THE ENTIRE THREE MONTHS TO PROTECT HIM FROM SCRATCHING HIMSELF RAW.  WHEN WE WERE HOME WE WOULD TAKE OFF THE CONE FOR PERIODS OF TIME TO GIVE HIM A BREAK.  I BROUGHT HIM TO A DERMATOLOGIST & HAD THE SCRATCH TEST DONE.  MY DOG WAS ALLERGIC TO ALL GRASS & SOME TREES. 

I DID NOT BELIEVE IN A RAW DIET BUT CHOSE THIS DIET OVER STEROIDS.  AT FIRST CHANGING MY DOGS FOOD MADE NO SENSE TO ME SINCE MY DOG WAS ALLERGIC TO TREES & GRASSES NOT HIS FOOD. 

THREE YEARS LATER WE ONLY HAD TO PUT THE CONE ON MY DOG FOR TWO WEEKS WHEN WE WERE NOT HOME BECAUSE THE RAW DIET WAS VERY HEALTHY & BUILT UP HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM SO HE WAS NOT AS ALLERGIC TO THE GRASSES & TREES.  ALL THE PRESERVATIVES IN KIBBLE & CANNED FOODS BREAK DOWN A DOGS IMMUNE SYSTEM BECAUSE IT IS NOT HEALTHY. 

THE RAW DIET MADE MY DOGS LIFE MUCH MORE PLEASURABLE & I WOULD NOT FEED NOTHING BUT BECAUSE MY EXPERIENCE HAS PROVED THE RAW DIET BUILDS UP THE IMMUNE SYSTEM NOT DEPLETE IT.  I CAN PRONOUNCE EVERYTHING IN MY DOG’S DOG FOOD & KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS IN THE FOOD.  THOSE WHO FEED KIBBLE & CANNED FOOD CANNOT SAY THE SAME. 

THE ONLY REASON FOR AVMA TO KNOCK THE RAW DIET HAS TO BE ABOUT MONEY.  IT IS SAD HOW MONEY TALKS.  WHO DONATES TO YOUR ASSOCIATION?  DRY DOG FOOD COMPANIES CERTAINLY DONATE PLENTY OF MONIES I AM SURE, OTHERWISE, YOU WOULD LET PEOPLE MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS FOR WHAT IS BEST & RAW IS BEST.  I DO NOT KNOCK OTHERS FOR FEEDING KIBBLE BUT JUST FEEL AS THOUGH THEY DO NOT KNOW ANY BETTER. 

A RAW DIET IS VERY EXPENSIVE BUT YOUR FOUR LEGGED CHILD IS MUCH HEALTHIER & VET BILLS ARE MINIMAL.  YOU CAN PAY FOR VET BILLS OR PAY FOR A HEALTHIER DIET & I CHOSE THE LATTER.
  
-Kathy Kajunski from Cambridge, Massachusetts


“I hope we will still be able to get raw food from you folks.   Let me know what else I can do to help.

(Written to the AVMA):
I am appalled that you think you can run people's lives concerning what we choose to feed our pets.  I feed my dog a raw food diet and have since he was a puppy and thanks to that I do not have to deal with your drugs and medical prodding.  He is in wonderful health and that is because I do not over vaccinate, and take him to a holistic veterinarian who guides me on the correct path to caring for my animal.  You are in bed with those large corporations that are in it for the $$$$$.  Processed food is DEAD food and our dogs were not designed to eat that way.  I will never succumb to your bullying tactics nor will I EVER feed him that kibble garbage or canned food.  You should stay out of this arena  because you are going to piss off a whole lot of people who are sick and tired of being told what they should do.”


-Mimi Holloway from Saint James City, Florida


Samara Zitnik from Melbourne Beach, Florida forwarded us her email to the AVMA below:

(Written to the AVMA):
To Whom it May Concern, 

The general public is not as naive as you may think.  The recalls on pet food have been processed foods, I don't think I can recall one over commercially prepared raw food.  Purina et al has most of the pet owning public, why must you try to regulate those of us who choose to feed our pets their natural diet?  

I for one will always feed my pets raw food.  Commercially prepared is more balanced, convenient and the healthiest way possible to feed my pets.  

My two Labradors shock my vet with their extreme health.  Teeth, skin, bones, energy level are all that of dogs much younger and my vet is not in favor of raw food diets, though my dogs may be making a believer of him.

Please do not cave to Purina's pressure to regulate that which should be my choice. Corporate greed is not a reason to shut down small business that serve it's customers well.  The United States of America is supposed to be the land of the free.  I want the freedom to purchase a natural diet for my dogs. 

Thank You, 

-Samara Zitnik
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