We know first hand that flying your four-legged child to Hawaii is no walk in the dog park. There is the paperwork, airline requirements, vaccination requirements, and the numerous phone calls to your vet, the Department of Agriculture, and maybe even your psychiatrist by the time it’s all said and done. We’re here to tell you not
to fret our flying friends… We’ll help you let out a huge sigh of relief!
There was a time, not so long ago, it was a mandatory 120 day quarantine for all pets arriving into the islands. Now there is something known as “Direct Release”, which offers owners the alternative of bringing their pets directly to Maui while avoiding an extra flight for both you and your pet, (not to mention avoiding wasting the extra time and the strict schedule of the Department of Agriculture). With Direct Airport Release, you and your pet are greeted at the airport, (any time of day, any day of the year), and after we do a brief inspection, you’re ready to hit the beach! What’s better though is that our relationship with you starts long before we ever meet in person. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, we walk you through every step to insure your trip goes smoothly and to put your mind to rest.
“Why Use a Veterinary Clinic vs. Using a Pet Moving Service?”
We’re not only here for you every single step of the way through the paperwork, we also are able to offer
professional advice for traveling safely with a pet. For instance, a few questions we get all the time are:
“Should I give my pet a sedative or Benadryl for the flight?”
It is important to know that most airlines will not even let your pet on to the plane if they appear sedate. While
humans can monitor their own intake of sedatives and understand the affect that it will have on their minds and
bodies, giving a pet sedatives for flying on an airplane can affect their equilibriums and make them even
more anxious during the flight. Unlike humans, they don’t understand why they are feeling strange.
We do know that every pet is different, and we’re happy to discuss your pet’s behavior
and needs with you before your flight.
“What can I do to make the flight easier on my pet?”
The best alternative to sedating your pet is preparing your pet by making them more comfortable during
their flight. Perhaps the best thing you can do is to get them comfortable with their airline
approved crate that they will be flying in well in advance.
Have you ever noticed that your cat or dog has a “special spot” that they like to rest or sleep? It is in their nature
to create their own space that they feel is all theirs, (it creates a sense of security), and a crate can often become their absolute favorite space if trained properly. Encourage your pet to go in the crate with toys, treats, and comfortable bedding, (NEVER push your pet in to the crate, it must be on their terms). Keep the door open and allow them
to come and go as they please. As your flight date approaches, try shutting the crate for a small duration of time at first, and then longer durations until your pet is comfortable with their crate. More often than not,
it becomes like their bedroom and their own personal space.
When it’s time to fly, put your pet’s favorite toy and maybe one of your t-shirts in the crate to give them
an even greater sense of comfort. Do not cause a sad or dramatic scene when it’s time for your pet to fly.
They will sense something is wrong and it will make them anxious and scared. Instead, offer
them praise and speak to them in a happy tone.
“My pet is REALLY hyper. They are going to go CRAZY on the long flight!”
Most young to middle-age dogs are considerably energetic. Exercising your pet before flying will help them
to be more calm and relaxed. On top of that, taking an overnight flight might even allow
them to catch some shut-eye on their flight!
“Will my pet use the bathroom in their crate?”
If you have worked on crate training your pet, they will do especially well in trying to avoid making a mess
in their “bed”. It is also good to fast your pet from food 6 hours before travel to avoid an accident.
“HELP… I don’t understand the rabies vaccine and titer process!”
Should your veterinarian have any questions regarding the vaccination and rabies titer process, our clinic can help!
And we can have your records transferred over for you, giving you one less thing to think about.
Flying with your pet to paradise doesn’t have to be a daunting and stressful occasion. We are here to help
and are happy to answer any questions you have along the way. It is our mission to make sure
every single member of your family makes it to Maui. OUR MOTTO...
“No PET Left Behind”.
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