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

Emergency Situations - A Dog Sustains an Injury During Transport

A licensed veterinarian should treat pets that become injured during travel. The carrier must determine whether any of the dogs are in physical distress, and arrange for any needed veterinary care as soon as possible.



A dog that sustains an injury during transport ____.

A) should be treated by a licensed veterinarian

Yes, if a dog sustains an injury during transport they should be treated by a licensed veterinarian.

B) should be treated immediately by the airline attendant

No, a dog who sustains an injury during transport should be treated by a licensed veterinarian.

C) should be given a mild tranquilizer

No, a dog who sustains an injury during transport should be treated by a licensed veterinarian.


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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