On January 18 Kenso died, a Pomerania, while traveling by plane from Tolú to Medellín with his family.He was in his guacal and in the cabin, at the feet of his owners, but began to worry and present symptoms of stress.
By animal management policies on flight.
Last year, on these same dates, January 13, another story was known that, like Kenso's, aroused a debate on the policies of airlines.
On that occasion the fatal victim was Homer, a bigger race, Pitbull, who was traveling on the Puerto Asís-Cali route but, unlike Kenso, was not accepted in the cabin but in the aircraft warehouse, with the luggage.At the end of the journey, its owner found him under suitcases, locked in his guacal, dead.
Regardless if they are dogs or cats, the breed, the size or place of the aircraft in which they travel, these pets, family for many, run risks of suffering episodes of anxiety, stress, of having heat stroke, dehydrating and evendie, so veterinary doctors have advice and recommendations to make the trip more comfortable for all parties and avoid eventualities.
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The veterinary physician Natalia Gil explains that there are more predisposed races to suffer risks during a flight: those with the shortest nasal plane and the narrower nostrils, brachycephallic, such as the French or English bulldog or the PUGs and as the Persians, inThe case of cats, have restricted air passage and, in situations of stress and anxiety, where the respiratory rate increases, they can have difficulty in oxygenating.
Also those very hairy races that, in temperature increases, are more predisposed to heat blows.
The ideal, according to the director of the Uno -Empo -Veterinary Clinic, Alejandra Marín Marín, is to make the trip pleasant and quiet for the animal and for passengers, understanding and taking into account their special needs and planning in advance.
From the experts, these are the considerations.
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What some airlines say
Juan Diego Zapata, commercial director of Grupo Viva, explains that the reservation must be made with time, read the indications of the airline and present at least 90 minutes before the flight to verify the conditions.
The guacal must be spacious, allow the animal to stand and can move because that is where it will remain during the whole trip.
Animals with less than eight weeks of age cannot travel or more than 10 kilograms of weight in this airline, and must be presented with card or vaccination certificate per day and signed by a veterinarian and good cleaning conditions.Viva does not transport pets in winery.
Wingo also transports them only in the cabin, up to six, to reduce trauma, explain, and require that the veterinarian has previously been visited to also present a health certificate and, in the case of international flights, the inspection registry.
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Only one pet is allowed by passenger.The guacales must be of soft and flexible materials, with ventilation holes, waste and wide storage system, but that they apply under the seat, so they must be measured between 55 by 35 for 25 or similar.
Many of these conditions do not apply for service animals, such as guide dogs or lazarillos.See your case.
Medical recommendations for before, during and after the trip
Before traveling, the tutor or owner must attend the veterinarian to make a complete clinical assessment and to ensure that the pet is in adequate conditions, without secondary diseases such as kidney or cardiac problems, to travel.And to determine, also, that the animal is stable and that it can travel comfortable, without additional stress.
"There are more anxious and stressed patients.For them we have veterinary doctors and ethologists who are dedicated to treating animal behavior and that can help us prepare our patient anxious for a much more extensive trip, ”explains Gil.
It is a good idea, too, accustom the animal to the guacal and travel, with shorter experiences.During the trip, it is not recommended and is, in fact, contraindicated, sedar or reassure the animal with some medication.These affect systems, the entire organism, cardiovascular, for example, generating psychoteensions and heart and renal conditions.
"Although many tranquilizing products sell in the market, they must always be indicated and regulated by a veterinarian to treat specific cases," adds Marín.
Owners can load a kit with basic elements and learn first aid for animals.
After the trip or if the incident occurs, the first thing will be to look.Remember to keep the animal hydrated.
Tips for traveling on road
The same previous preparations for a plane trip work for one on the road: verify the state of health of the pet, know the place and temperature of the destination, keep the animal hydrated...
But it is also recommended to preserve the same food that is given at home so as notBe restricted, and good ventilation, air, heating or open windows, to avoid very warm or very cold temperatures.
The meals will depend on the distance of the route and if the animal is tidal and, if so, a temporary fast can be handled so that it does not vomite or bronchaspire.
If the windows are open, you must always be subject with a strap because before any external stimulus they could jump from the vehicle and hurt or get lost.
If it is a long trip, it is ideal that it is not the first time of the pet but are already accustomed to being locked and in moving vehicles.