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post #1 of 7 Old 04-16-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Shipping my dog to AK.

So I am preparing my dog to get shipped to AK from OR. She seems comfortable in her crate and is getting prepped medically for the trip.

My question is, what sort of bedding would you use/have you used to ship a dog? I was thinking, because we want something absorbant incase of an accident, but not something that would hold that moisture against her skin...Towels and Fleece or...something. I'm not too sure. It will be about a 4 hour trip, supposedly from gate to gate.

I guess I will do more research but google is not coming up with the answers easily! It mostly says, plenty of absorbant bedding. But what kind?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-16-2013, 06:51 PM
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she'll be flying correct?

if so, your best bet is to contact the airline and find out what is going to be acceptable for their guidelines. you dont want to get there and get turned away at the gate because of improper bedding.

make sure your crate is approved too. because they will not accept the crate if its not airline approved.
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I have zero experience shipping dogs but I would think that perhaps 2+ "puppy pads" (2, 1 to catch initial "spills," second to catch any overspill), then a towel, then a layer or 2 or 3 of polar fleece. The polar fleece will wick any moisture away, the towel will soak it up somewhat, but most will go straight down to puppy pads which will absorb and lock it in.

That's about what I did when I would travel with my guinea pigs (lol) and they always came out of the carrier super dry and happy.
Good luck!

And ditto to what CLP said!
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First make sure your crate is an approved shipping crate. Make sure there is no rust on the door or they may refuse to let you ship in it. I used zip ties to secure the door to the crate so it couldn't "accidently" come open. Put the water cup in the freezer with water in it. Just before you ship attach it to the door again. That way your dog will always have water as it slowly melts. As for the bottom of the crate use a regular crate pad with a towel wrapped around it. Check with your airline for any rules or suggestions they may have for you.

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I would not ship my dog, Good luck!
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I would not ship my dog, Good luck!
Why not? I shipped my two from the UK to Canada, it was either that or leave them and that wasn't happening. I put Vetbed in their crates and they were fine. They were in there for over 12 hours and not an accident from either of them.
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Well, she's gotta go on Alaska Air...Cause she's going to Alaska ...Here's what they have on their website...

Kennel Must:

Be of solid construction and composed of plastic, wood, metal or material of comparable strength and able to withstand rigors of normal transportation.
Be secured with nut and bolt type fasteners if the kennel is not constructed as one piece. View example
Be escape-proof with a metal grated door fastened securely to prevent accidental opening.
Be constructed with original or standard replacement parts.
Have handles or handholds on the exterior to lift without tipping.
Have a solid roof. Ventilation slots are permitted if roof integrity remains intact.
Have adequate air ventilation. Vents must be covered with permanent bars or other sturdy material.
Be clean and leak-proof with absorbent bedding made of material that is safe and non-toxic to the animal.
Contain a food and water dish clipped inside the door to allow feeding without opening the door.
Allow the animal to stand up (head erect and not touching the top), lie down and turn around in a normal, comfortable position.

Kennel Must Not:

Be collapsible, snap-top or soft-sided, or composed of wire, mesh, cardboard or wicker.
Be secured with twist, slide, snap or zip tie fasteners. View example
Have a plastic door.
Be secured using zip ties, duct tape or rubber bands.
Have permanently attached wheels. Wheels must be removed or rendered inoperable.
Have sharp points or edges, with no protrusions that could injure the animal.
Be secured with a lock.
Contain bedding material when traveling to Mexico. Shredded paper or absorbent pads are acceptable.

So, again, they want absorbent bedding made of material that is safe and non-toxic to the animal. I am seriously thinking about towels and fleece like Wallaby said (I use that with my Guinea pigs too). It would be very convient though if there was a ready made-sized to fit-easy to operate bedding that acted like a towels and fleece set up. (my parents will be the ones taking her to the airport and they like animals, but don't know all that much).

GH-I will look at the vet bed when I get on a computer that will let me.
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