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Dogs and cats in airlplane cargo holds, a bad idea?

USA Today has a piece about traveling with your dog, attempting to dispel some of the myths associated with dogs and airplanes.

The effort isn’t very convincing. I wouldn’t put my dog (or cat) in the hold of an airplane for any reason. Yes, I know those sections of the hold are pressurized and supposedly climate controlled. Yes, most likely they will be fine.

But there’s always something that has bothered me about the process, not the least of which is the animal is likely scared out of their minds by the time the plane gets into the air.

I know my dogs well. They are brave when it comes to chasing birds and squirrells but they are both terriffied of loud noises. Each pet is different, and it’s important that an owner thinks it through when deciding whether flying their dog is worth it.

There are numerous horror stories of owners dropping their pet off with an airline only to be informed of their deaths when they go to retrieve them at the end of the flight. It doesn’t make someone a bad pet owner to fly their dog or cat. Most likely everything will be fine. But it’s important to evaluate a wide range of factors before deciding to do it.

 

 

 

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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