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Trishm

Vet on Qantas flights ?

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Trishm   

I have been told that Qantas have a Vet on board for all flights that are carrying animals....does anyone know if this is true ?  Couldn't get  a definitive answer when I rang them .

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Dogsfevr   

I would say not true .

As someone who has flown with Qantas for years with dogs never heard off this and a vet would not be able to do anything with pets in cargo .

 

 

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Mjosa   

Not even on international travel do they have a "resident" vet, they have no way of getting to the cargo area where the dogs are.

Never heard of it here either, having shipped puppies and dogs, they are put in the cargo and that is where they stay until they reach their destination

Agree with dogsfevr , I too would say definitely not true.

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Perhaps you're confused with how companies like JetPets do a vet check before & after a flight when they get to the airport? 

 

This is on their website: 

  • Jetpets Resident Vets on staff to ensure your pet is healthy and fit for their journey
  • Jetpets Transit Loungeaccess, for your pet to have a stretch and relax out of their crate before their flight

 

 

On a plane they can't get to the cargo in flight so I highly doubt there'd be one on board. 

 

Scrappi was flown to us with

QANTAS freight (I think) as a 12wk pup from SAFE Carnarvon. He went well. :) 

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Diva   

I can't see what the point of a vet on board would be, they can't get to the animals while in the air. 

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I flew with my dog to NZ  (we were on the same flight) and I certainly wasn't made aware of a vet on board.

 

An MPI (govt. Vet) did have to check him before he was released to me.

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Trishm   

I couldn't see the point of it either, knowing that there is no way the Vet could get to the animals during the flight, but someone I know has been told this by the breeder who is flying the dog over. This is just one of the several things that hasn't sounded right in this transaction :(

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11 minutes ago, Trishm said:

I couldn't see the point of it either, knowing that there is no way the Vet could get to the animals during the flight, but someone I know has been told this by the breeder who is flying the dog over. This is just one of the several things that hasn't sounded right in this transaction :(

That would be a red flag :eek:

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Dogsfevr   

If it's a puppy flying and aged between 8/12  weeks with Qantas it's suppose to have a vet certificate for fit for flying .

Maybe there is confusion between the two parties 

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18 minutes ago, Trishm said:

This pup is 5 months old.....no confusion !

Sounds like you're very concerned about the transaction :/

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Tassie   

Does sound dodgy .. especially if it's a domestic flight.    Definitely needs checking out .. unless it was said to try to calm down a potentially hysterical buyer,    (Thinking of my dear Dad who told me as a frightened kid in a big thunderstorm, that the house was safe cos it had a lightning rod.)   But not a good start.

 

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Trishm   

I am concerned but can only say so much............sometimes people just don't want to take advice :banghead:

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Dogsfevr   

I think without getting the actual info from the horses mouth it's hard to say if dodgy or not .

 

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9 minutes ago, Dogsfevr said:

I think without getting the actual info from the horses mouth it's hard to say if dodgy or not .

 

Well - no - but if your "hinky radar" (as a mate calls it) is going off it's usually a good thing to listen to. 

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~Anne~   

It isn't logical. Imagine the cost of employing someone to sit in an aircraft going back and forth, and not being able to do anything anyway because the animals are in the cargo hold with your suitcases and cargo? 

 

I say bullshit. 

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BDJ   

I don't know for sure - but agree with Anne that it is not logical.   

 

Just think of the costs - if every flight that had a dog in cargo had a vet onboard, then it would cost many hundreds, if not a $1000 or more , to send a dog from Adelaide to Melbourne.  There would be the cost of the seat, the wages of the vet - twice - as I am sure the vet would need to get home :-)

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Kirislin   

I tend to think it's unlikely, but something else I was told years ago that I wonder about the truth of is that when flying horses if the horse starts to really play up to the point of becoming dangerous they shoot it. But I'm thinking how could you safely shoot a horse that was flinging itself around?  The danger would be that you would miss and shoot a hole in the aircraft.

does anyone know if it is true?

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1 hour ago, Kirislin said:

I tend to think it's unlikely, but something else I was told years ago that I wonder about the truth of is that when flying horses if the horse starts to really play up to the point of becoming dangerous they shoot it. But I'm thinking how could you safely shoot a horse that was flinging itself around?  The danger would be that you would miss and shoot a hole in the aircraft.

does anyone know if it is true?

No idea if it is. But seems unlikely. I mean if you're flying a horse chances are its crazy valuable & for more reasons than to (just) be a companion animal. Surely they'd sedate at best. 

 

 

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