January 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report

The January, 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of November, 2010.

Continental reports the death of a one and a half year-old French Bulldog.

The Bulldog was flown from St. Louis, Missouri through Houston, Texas to Seattle, Washington. Upon arrival in Seattle, the dog was found deceased. A necropsy was performed and a small amount of shredded newspaper was found obstructing its larynx. The necropsy went on to state that the amount of newspaper found could have led to blocked airflow and death.

Delta reports the death of two dogs and the injury of a cat.

A one and a half year-old Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier arrived deceased in Atlanta, Georgia from San Francisco, California. A necropsy was performed and indicated that the dog had pneumonia. It stated "the pneumonia compounded by the breed's short nose and narrowed nasal passages is the most likely cause of the animals death."

A six year-old English Bulldog named Guinness arrived deceased in Atlanta, Georgia on a flight originating in Stuttgart, Germany. A necropsy was performed and no cause of death was found. Two additional dogs and one cat arrived safely on the same flight.

A two year-old cat named Nicci arrived in St. Louis, Missouri upside down, with her eyes open and blood in the kennel. The flight originated in Frankfurt, Germany and connected in Detroit, Michigan. The shipper refused Delta's offer for vet services. The shipper was contacted later and stated that the cat was doing well and did not require vet services. Two other cats and a dog arrived safely on the same flight.

Hawaiian Airlines reports the death of an English Bulldog on the short flight from Honolulu, Hawaii to Kona, Hawaii. Little additional information was provided from Hawaiian Airlines.

United Airlines reports the death of a Pug named Bruno on a flight from Rome, Italy to Washington, D.C. Bruno was found deceased upon landing and the necropsy could not find a cause of death.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during November, 2010.
Continental 001
Delta 013
Hawaiian Air 001
United Airlines 001
Total 0 1 6

See all incidents included in the January, 2011 report.


jerry mishler wrote over 5 years ago:

We've been shipping pets for over 40 yrs
with no problems.
The vast majority of pets who die are
of the Brachycephalic breeds. The
airlines should put a total embargo
on accepting these breeds for travel.
We are considering this ourselves.
The problem is: brachycephalic
respiratory syndrome.!! Also, many pets
have congenital and/or pre-existing
health issues. Often they have pre-existing heart disease resulting in
pulmonary conjestion and edema.
These deaths MUST not be blamed on the
Also, bad kennel construction resulting
in pet escape.
We address these issues in more detail
on our: www.actionpetexpress.com
Jerry Action Pet Express

jerry mishler wrote over 5 years ago:

More from Action Pet Express
Especially with the Brachycephalic breeds:
They MUST not have ANY food for at least
18 hrs before travel, and, NO food
during travel. Not even a cookie....
We insist on this. MUST have NO chance
that the dog or cat can vomit and choke.
With other breeds, NO food for at least
8 to 10 hrs before travel. Be sure to
exercise well. Water during this time is of course ok.
The airlines often say they require pet
to have food within 4 hrs of travel.
This is the worse thing you can do.
Just tell the airline, Yes, they had
some food.
AND, on top of all this, absolutely NO
Regarding kennel construction. We have
contacted Petmate regarding their very
poor construction of their cheaper models. They never responded.
Please read ALL we have covered on our

Torhild and Brenda the Brakeless wrote over 5 years ago:

Hello Jerry!
Thank you for good advices!
I have a question:
I'm thinking of bringing my Belgian Malinois with me from Norway on a two weeks seminar for defencedogs in California. I'm not afraid of her health, but the fact that I must change plane three times on the way. I'm scared pursers will forget her,
somewhere:-P She also guards her crate, and I guess nobody will like to let her out. Do the owners get to see the dogs in the waitinghours?
Thank you!

channing wrote over 5 years ago:

Im moving to Hawaii form Denver the end of May. I am shipping my 70lb lab mix and 15lb jack russel terrier. I am VERY concerned about all of your postings. Can you recommend safer airlines to use? Why no sedation? Is this due to body temp regulation? How should I help them be calm then?

Ive never traveled via plane with my pups before and Im scared after reading this website!
Please advise. Most appreciated!!

Carla wrote over 5 years ago:

I'm traveling to Costa Rica from Birmingham, AL in July with my Boxer. I'm planning to go Continental. Is this flight considered short enough to be safe? Also, are there extra precautions I can make to ensure the safety of my Boxer?

Nancy Milliman wrote over 5 years ago:

It is too hot in July to travel with any pet in cargo, especially a Boxer. The airlines will or should reject the booking, if not, your pet will probably not make the flight alive.

Abby wrote over 5 years ago:

@ Nancy Milliman - I don't understand when you say July is too hot to travel with a pet in Cargo? Surely, if you are traveling by air, the animal will be in the pressurized part of the plane and considering that the plane will be 30-40,000 feet in the air, the cargo section will hardly be hot!
I see no reason why the animal should not arrive alive?

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