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URGENT! Is air travel safe for Havanese???

Hi yall,
American Airlines restricts the Shih Tzu as a brachycephalic. There's no mention of the Havanese. Is it safe to let your little Havanese fly? Have any of you traveled by air with you doggy? I'd deeply appreciate any information, advice, etc.
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But of course it is safe! Your little sweetie will fit right under the seat in front of you as long as he's/she's in an approved carrier. Just contact the airline and ask about restrictions and policy.

Brachycephalic doggies have pushed in faces- which does not apply to Havanese. I don't know what AA's concern is-other than maybe breathing problems.

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Havs are perfectly safe to fly!

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They only don't accept brachycephalic dog breeds as checked luggage. They're still ok to fly in cabin. I doubt many would recommend checking their Hav into cargo - under seat is fine.

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I fly back and forth to Florida with Lily. She has also come to California with me. She loves to come along!
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Thank you so much! I've never flown with a dog. Our little guy is only 5 mos (6 mos) by time of our trip. Did you have any problems with your dog barking while enroute? He travels in the car with us, but it's too hot (waaaay over 100 degrees) to put him in a crate while we're driving. So, unfortunately, he's not nuts about his crate & he has little experience of traveling while crated. I'm trying to work with him next several weeks on time in his crate while here at the home. At least in-doors, it's not horrifically hot.
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i've taken my dog to florida many times a little tip sit next to the window if possible. you wont have to worry about someone getting up or the beverage cart. also i throw a small blanket over his bag and i put my foot (with no shoe) in his bag. the smell of my foot helps calm him and he usually ends up sleeping on it.
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Yes, it's perfectly safe. I take Stella to CT with me all the time. She loves it and is very well behaved both on the plane and in the airports.

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Question, do they let you take your dog out of it's carrier at all? I'm flying to FL with my sister and my dog in October and was just wondering.
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Hello, I traveled with my dog from NYC to Houston with layover in Dallas. Total hours of the trip was about 7 hours. He did great except that he really wanted to sit on my lap. Luckily, gentleman next to me didn't mind and airline attendents looked the other way. Unfortunately I gave him too many treats and he ended up "pooing" at the Dallas Airport on way to catch our next flight. No one cared. That was my experience. If you really want to have your dog out of the carriage you can get your doctor to sign off on your dog being a therapy dog for you. That way your dog can legally sit on your lap.
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