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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Transporting and Handling of Dogs - Shelter from Extreme Weather

Kennels should be protected from extreme sunlight and extreme heat and cold. Sufficient shade must be provided to protect the dog from the direct rays of the sun at all times. During the movement of dogs to or from the airplane or animal holding areas the dog must not be exposed to ambient temperatures above 85 °F or below 45 °F for more than 45 minutes.



In holding areas, dogs must NOT be in temperatures ___ for more than 45 minutes.

A) above 75 °F or below 55 °F

No, the acceptable range of temperatures that dogs may be exposed to for less than 45 minutes is above 85 °F or below 45 °F.

B) above 85 °F or below 45 °F

Yes, 4 hours is the maximum time that dogs may be exposed to temperatures above 85 °F (29.5 °C) or below 45 °F (7.2 °C).

C) above 95 °F or below 25 °F

No, the acceptable range of temperatures that dogs may be exposed to for less than 45 minutes is above 85 °F or below 45 °F.

 
This lesson is designed for airport personnel who have the responsibility for the care of dogs and handling of kennels during air travel. After reviewing this lesson you will understand many factors that can improve the safety of dogs during air travel and increase the likelihood that the dogs will arrive healthy at their final destination. These factors involve the appropriate care and handling of dogs and kennels under both normal and extreme conditions.


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