The stress of going on holiday has come to all of us at one point or another, with anxieties surrounding flying often central to such nerves. In fact, therapy animals are being introduced to airports in an effort to help calm anxious flyers, and have been proven to be successful!
Aside from assistance animals, very few airlines throughout Europe allow domestic pets to travel with their owners in the cabin – in order to fly, they usually have to be checked into the hold. Around the world, however, there are several airlines that allow small dogs to travel in the cabin, adding an extra duty of care to airlines and flight attendants.
Crew on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Massachusetts came to the rescue of one French Bulldog named Darcy, who started to show signs of distress mid-flight.
According to Darcy’s owner Michelle Burt, the 3 year old Frenchie’s tongue turned blue as she began to struggle to breathe, alerting those around her that there was something wrong. Fortunately, the airline crew were well equipped to deal with the situation, immediately tending to Darcy with an oxygen mask, restoring her breathing pattern to normal.
Details of the incident have since gone viral on social media, after Ms. Burt published a Facebook post in praise of the JetBlue crew.
Of the life-saving work of the crew, she said:
“We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy’s life.
I placed the mask over her face, and within a few minutes she became alert and after a short time she didn’t want the mask. I believe [crew members] Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not.”
Whilst the photos of Darcy being treated are cute, Hypoxia (a lack of oxygen in the body) can be deadly, and should never be taken lightly.
Speaking of how he helped the dog, crew member Renaud Fenster (above) told Good Morning America:
“I was passing through the cabin to check up on a passenger, and I noticed [another] passenger, who had the dog out of her crate and the dog had an indication that it wasn’t looking too well. … And I believe the dog passed out.
The dog started panting very rapidly and uncontrollably, and so as a French bulldog owner myself, I knew the dog was overheating and needed some ice. I brought the dog some ice, and that didn’t do anything.
I decided that we needed to consider using oxygen to support the animal,” he continued. “So I called the captain, and I told him, ‘I think I need to use some oxygen,’ and he said, ‘Go ahead.’ And right then and there, placed the oxygen on the dog and the dog revived like nothing else.”
It is thanks to Mr. Fenster that Darcy survived the flight and is currently in good health. We have to stress the importance of being aware of your dog’s temperature and keeping them cool, especially during the summer months, and it’s therefore vital that you:
- Never walk them during peak hours of sunlight
- If you do decide to take them out, plan ahead
- Never leave them in a car for any period of time
- Keep your home cool and shaded with plenty of access to water
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