TheMaj48 wrote:thanks. Mama delivered 5 babies not long after my post. Three have survived the rough conditions so far despite best efforts by shelter staff, they were probably premature due to the stressful situation. We've arranged ground transportation on Sunday, I doubt any pilot will want to take on a litter of newborns. A long drive.
AW, this poor mama and her pups, thank you for doing all you can for them.
If you read under the Guidelines forum, there is a topic on How young can pups fly? There are varied opinions so always ask your vet. I have personally been told not before they are three weeks old. That being said, under emergency circumstances some of our pilots have flown the mama dog an her newborns. Pilots need to keep the cabin warmer then normal, or make sure the pups are warm in their crate, and climb and descent at a gradual pace.
Some transport the pups in a crate with Mom tethered, some transport the pups in one crate and the Mom in another though this really puts alot of stress on Mom. If the dogs are small and the crate is fairly large, all should be fine together as well. Each situation is different so each must be evaluated individually.
It is always safest to transport one mom and one litter at a time with not other dogs on board and disinfected crates are always a must between each transport.