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

Transporting and Handling of Dogs - Regular Care When Handling Dogs

Dogs must be observed as regularly as possible during air transport (at least once in every 4 hours). This includes when the dog is loaded and unloaded and whenever the animal cargo space is accessible. Dogs must not be removed from their kennel except when the kennel is being cleaned, during veterinary care, in case of an emergency, or when the dog is transferred to another kennel or facility.



During the course of air travel, dogs should be ____.

A) removed from their kennel every 4 hours for exercise.

No, dogs should not be removed from their kennel except when their kennel must be cleaned or there is a medical emergency.

B) observed in their kennel at least every 4 hours.

Yes, dogs should be observed regularly (at least once in every 4 hours) during air transport.

C) allowed to urinate outside of their kennel every 4 hours.

No, dogs should not be removed from their kennel except when their kennel must be cleaned or there is a medical emergency.

 
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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