June 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report

The June, 2011 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of April, 2011.

American Airlines reports the death of an 10 year-old cat named Scruffy. Upon arrival in Dallas, Texas from Honolulu, Hawaii it was noticed that the cat was deceased. A necropsy was conducted and concluded the cause of death was enteric lymphoma.

Continental reports the injury of a three year-old English Bulldog named Gwen. Before Gwen was loaded on her connecting flight in Houston, the agent noticed that she was not breathing well. She was immediately taken to an emergency veterinarian for care. After two days of veterinary critical care, Gwen went into respiratory arrest and died at the animal hospital.

According to the necropsy report, “…the parenchymal exhibits widespread partial pulmonary atelectasis ..” which led to this animal getting into breathing trouble during the stress of transport. Without the ability to react normally to this stress, the animal went into respiratory failure which was the eventual cause of death.

Delta reported the death of a cat 30 pound cat named Smokey on a flight from Atalanta, Georgia to Dublin, Ireland. No necropsy was performed at the owners request. Temperatures were reported normal and another dog traveling on the same flight arrived safely.

United reports the death of a Doberman Pinscher named Radar on a flight from Honolulu, Hawaii to Washington D.C. During a connection in Denver, Colorado Radar was reported to be in good condition. Another dog on the same flight arrived safely.

Necropsy results from Radar's death report fatal arrhythmia stating that Radar’s breed is highly susceptible to heart disease, and fits history and previous findings of Radar’s health.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during April, 2011.
American Airlines 001
Continental 010
Delta 001
United Airlines 001
Total 0 1 3

See all incidents included in the June, 2011 report.


Ray Newman wrote over 5 years ago:

So, "after two days of veterinary critical care, Gwen went into respiratory arrest and died at the animal hospital," and Continental reports this as an INJURY??

And how exactly did "the agent notice that she was not breathing well"? She was lying unconscious on the floor of her carrier?

And when airlines report "another dog on the same flight arrived safely," this is intended to exonerate the airline somehow? If the workers placed the carrier too close to a wall or adjacent cargo then the animal would not get sufficient air. Obviously, this would not affect any animals in separate carriers.

How do you explain animals just suddenly dying during air travel, without strong suspicion of malfeasance by airline or airport workers?

Barbara Williams wrote over 5 years ago:

I have flown many dogs with continental, both in the US and out of the country. I have been to the facility in Houston. The people I have worked with in the cargo department are caring and attentive to the animals being shipped. English Bulldogs can tend to breath loud. So if there was problems with the breathing it is possible that it was heard.

Danielle wrote over 5 years ago:

Barbara, my husband and I will be flying out of Frankfurt, Germany to Dulles, VA. We are considering flying with Continental. Can you tell me what experiences you've had with them before?

Debbie wrote over 5 years ago:

I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND DELTA, THEY ARE UNCARING< RUDE, and NASTY! ALso, they take your flights, then when you go to ship the animals..they tell you they can't do it??????
DELTA needs to quit transporting animals and give it UP!

Marien wrote over 5 years ago:

I am moving from Puerto Rico to Denver and was wondering the best way to take my pets, 2 cats and one 30lb dog. When I moved in the other direction years ago I drove from Denver to Houston and then flew but maybe that is too long travel time. Any suggestion?

Rhonda Cameron wrote over 5 years ago:

I have used Delta a few times and not by choice. They are rude and have the I don't care attitude! Continental is not perfect but they do care about the pets and try to make things work.

Victoria wrote over 5 years ago:

Our Family has been given the opportunity to move to St Thomas in the USVI for work and we have to pets. 1 is a small 6lb dog and the other is a 60lb Boxer. She is less than a year old. We are suppose to move there Aug 1st and just realized all the issues with relocating her. Does anyone know if you can ship pets by boat or larger dogs in a cabin. We really dont want to turn this wonderful opportunity down but her safety comes 1st.

selene wrote about 5 years ago:

boxers are sensitive dogs, under age one they are also crazy.
I wouldnt even think of taking the risk. Dont leave her behind. You ll never get over her....

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