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I'm concerned about shipping my dog, has anyone shipped there dog by air? Also, is the island itself safe for dogs? I know ticks and fleas can be a problem but would there be anything else i have to worry about?

Posted : October 15, 2007 2:24 am
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A little more information, How big is your dog, What time of year, What Island, Where are you flying out of (State). You should worry about frogs and fire ants.

Posted : October 15, 2007 9:23 am
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There is tons on info on this subject in the archives. Search under dogs. All the answers are there.

Posted : October 15, 2007 12:21 pm
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I've seen lots of info regarding shipping smaller dogs. I have a 125 pound Rott and am really worried about getting her shipped. Anyone have any experience with larger dogs?

Posted : October 15, 2007 1:09 pm
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lizard, what does frogs and fire ants do to dogs? and if the dogs are inside dogs then there is nothing to worry about LOL.spirit is a good airline to try if the animals can fit under the seat. only $ 75.00 for a dog.

Posted : October 15, 2007 1:24 pm
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There are some poisonous frogs in the VI which can make dogs very sick if the dogs get hold of one & could kill them. Fire ants bite. Most dogs don't spend 24/7 inside. 🙂

Posted : October 15, 2007 1:26 pm
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Thanks for the assist!
Spirit only goes to STT., that's why I asked what island.

Posted : October 15, 2007 2:49 pm
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I have done some research for this in the past. Basically what I have found out is that if an aircraft takes large dogs, the carrier and dog must weigh 100 lbs or less. I have shipped my dog on AA like this. It costs about $100. If the dog is larger it may have to go cargo and pricing goes on weight and is more expensive. I know they go to stx and stt, but only certain aircraft take certain sized carriers.

Posted : October 15, 2007 11:59 pm
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I have been working on this problem for the last 2 months, since I have a 95 pound ridgeback. It took my breeder to finally find a way to get him here, but it is going to take a bit. Since he weighs so much and his kennel is so big, i could not find anyway to ship him by traditional means. However, by breeder was able to dig and found out that American will all therapy and service dogs on the aircraft in the cabin with the trainer. So, the breeder is going to train him to be a therapy dog, and fly him over next July or august. The trainer and the dog will be placed in the bulk head row. The dog will sit on the floor. It will cost the amount of the trainer's plane ticket and an extra $80 for the dog.

It is a lot to go through, but he is a beloved couch potato and TV pillow for the kids. Just a side note...I'm so glad we got our dog from such a good breeder. She is doing all the training for free with me just paying for the cost of the plane and putting her up at the house while she is here.


Posted : October 16, 2007 1:31 am
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On top of the fire ants and frogs, the biggest problem would be IMHO skin problems - allergies are very common and the warm, moist conditions could aggravate hot spots and fungal conditions.
AC is welcomed by most dogs too!

Posted : October 16, 2007 3:46 pm
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The New Improved Jane,
My dog who is now 15 years old, never had a problem until about 2 years ago. The Vet called it Hot spots and a fungal infection. We gave him 200mg simplicef and sprayed Betagen Topical Spray on it for 7 days at a time and it clears it up, for about 6 months only to return again. Each time we go thru the same process. The Vet thinks it could have started with a bite from a red ant.

Posted : October 16, 2007 3:59 pm
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If it IS a hot spot, use a spray bottle and mix 1/2 Listerine and 1/2 water and spray the area a couple of times a day. It should dry on up. Added benefit - if the dog licks the spot, he at least has germ-free breath! Oh, and use the original Listerine, the colored ones don't work the same.

Posted : October 17, 2007 11:00 am
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Thank you so much Becky for that tip!!

My fluffy dog has been suffering with hot spots since our relocation as well and everything we have tried has failed to clear it up.

Thank you!!!

Posted : October 17, 2007 2:04 pm
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Okay, this is seriously OT now but, believe it or not, I was in WalMart last night and a woman was touting Preparation H as a cure for hot spots - recommended by her vet. Of course I suppose it's always possible that she was looking for the product herself and didn't want to admit it (blame the dog!), but she seemed sincere.

Posted : October 17, 2007 3:29 pm
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ROTFLMAO! If it works great, but I think I'd get a new Vet.

Posted : October 17, 2007 3:39 pm
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This is a little off topic from the original post.......while I was on island last week I mentioned in passing about the "poisonous frogs" and was nearly laughed off the island. I've searched the Internet and can't find anything about poisonous frogs in the VI's. More details anyone?

Posted : November 7, 2007 1:14 am
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There are cane toads in the VI. They have poison glands in their skin and if a dog grabs them, the poison can kill. They can get really big (I once saw one on Sandy Point about as big as my hand and at least a few pounds--it was massive). I've also heard that they eat anything including dog food. I get concerned about them after it rains and at night when they come out of hiding and watch my dog very carefully when he is out in the yard.

But I'll take poisonous toads over poisonous snakes (which we don't have) any day!!

Posted : November 7, 2007 2:08 am
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Hello, Crescent Point,

We just moved here on October 15th with my service dog - Tiger is 128 lbs - AA was terrific. If you call their special assistance desk, they will waive the fee for him (the ADA states you cannot be charged extra for your service animal). Also, the nice gate agents realized his size and upgraded us to first class so he (and we) would be a bit more comfy. You can also CHOOSE to purchase a seat for him so that there is no one sitting next to you and there is enough room for him.

Hope that helps.


Posted : November 7, 2007 9:15 pm
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