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We have a little under a year before we move to Hawaii. I know all of the list of things we have to get done before going to avoid the 120 day quarantine, but I'm most anxious about the flight. Regardless of size, both dogs and cats are required to ride in the cargo area as Hawaii has a mandatory quarantine. Plus, both dogs are 60 and 70 ibs. My biggest worry is the younger one has separation anxiety. We have worked through it in the last year, but I've also trained him without the kennel in the last 5 months since he managed to break a tooth while kenneled at the vets. There is no way I'm re-homing him and there are literally no other options to travel to Hawaii. Has anyone had to fly their dog and have any tips?

Another big concern is we did invest in a very nice, indestructible IATA compliant dog crate; however, I'm afraid it may be too small. We bought the 40" crate, but if I did the measurements correctly then we need the 48". This just doesn't sound right as I've seen internet posts regarding larger breed dogs using this size crate. Our dog is a 60" husky/lab mix, so while he is big he is not huge.
 

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They are very particular about the size being big enough for the dog to stand up and turn around. Must have feeding cups for food and water in the kennel. I know they probably won't be used during the flight but if your flight is delayed for any reason the dogs may need to be given water. Getting a direct flight is a good thing. Having to change flights is a drag. I had to do it flying to Mexico then you panic not knowing if your pets were transferred to the right plane. I traveled with two dogs and 2 cats. They were in the kennels for about 14 hours total. They all survived and were glad to be let out and fed when we got to our house in Mexico.
I would start putting your dogs in the kennels now to get them ready for their flight. Work up the time you leave them in their so they don't go nuts during the flight.
 

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When I fly with my dog even though she doesn't have to go in cargo I use Vetri Science "composure" treats for anxiety. They are chewable treats that she loves and it really cuts down on her anxiety of flying.
 
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