Sedating dogs on planes
This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice.
She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery.
Carriers must be big enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably.
While it's best to refrain from feeding your dog right before the flight, you can (and should) continue to give him water right up to the time of travel.
Without sedation, stressful situations can lead to restlessness, and when a dog is restless it is more prone to hurt itself, not eat, hide, or hurt or bite other people and animals. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice.
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After all, his view just won't be the same from underneath the seat in front of you, or even worse, from the cargo hold.
But getting there can still be half the fun if you follow the ten tips below and make sure you're familiar with the Airline Pet Policy, restrictions on Pet Travel in the US, and any additional International Pet Travel restrictions at your destination.