The Behavioural and Health Challenges of the Greyhound on the Flightline”

Dog owner's question

"Hi! We are planning to go on a flight with an English Greyhound. What special challenges might I face and what advice can you give me for this breed of dog during the flight?"

Answer from the vet

"Hi! The English Greyhound is a truly unique breed of dog, with origins dating back to ancient Egypt where they were used as hunting dogs.

When travelling with this breed, it is especially important to consider the unique temperament and health needs of the English Greyhound.

These dogs are extremely sensitive and calm in nature, meaning that stress or anxiety experienced on a flight can be stressful for them.

First of all, check the airline's policy on transporting pets before buying a ticket.

Some airlines limit the size of dogs that can be carried in the cabin, and your English Greyhound will probably have to travel in the hold because of its large size.

This can be particularly stressful for a sensitive dog, so it's important to prepare him properly for this experience.

In the days leading up to the flight, practise crate training to get him used to the environment.

Leave the cage door open and encourage him to spend time in there, lie down, play or eat!

The English Greyhound has a long, thin body with little fat tissue, which can make them more susceptible to colds.

Make sure your dog is provided with a warm and comfortable travel blanket to help keep their body temperature down during the flight.

From a health perspective, the English Greyhound can be prone to certain genetic diseases such as hip dysplasia, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

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Before you travel, be sure to visit a vet for a full check-up to make sure your dog is healthy and fit to travel!

It is important to minimise eating and drinking during the flight, as more food or water than usual may require the use of the toilet, which will be a problem during the flight.

However, it is worth putting a toy or snack in the cage to help keep the dog occupied during the journey.

Last but not least, always pay attention to your dog's behaviour before, during and after the trip.

If you notice any unusual behaviour such as loss of appetite, nausea, anxiety or signs of any health problems, contact your vet immediately!

Travelling, especially by air, can be stressful for a dog, but the English Greyhound's special temperament and sensitivity means it needs extra attention. However, with the right preparations and careful planning, this speedy breed can enjoy air travel.

I hope I have helped you with your question! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask!"