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Kate Cummings, DVM, DACVAA [email protected] Aggressive and/or fearful dogs present several challenges for the small animal practitioner.
These patients are difficult to fully evaluate and present a safety hazard to the clinic staff, veterinarian, and sometimes even the owner.
When questioned by airline personnel, many owners claim that their veterinarians had advised them to do so.
Although sedatives/tranquilizers should never be repeated for animals traveling by air, sedated pets may have adverse reactions in pressurized aircraft even when single doses are administered at recommended dosages.
Don't buy your ticket until you call the airline and make sure there is a "seat" available for your dog on the flight.
Once the agent has confirmed availability, reserve both your seats on the same ticket while you're still on the phone with the agent.
Little is known about the effects of sedation on animals that are being shipped by air and enclosed in kennels at 8,000 feet or higher, the altitude at which cargo holds are pressurized.
Additionally, some animals react abnormally to sedatives.
Increased hyper-activity, restlessness or an increase in anxious behavior is possible and obviously if that happens you need to talk to your vet right away.Taking his first flight can be a somewhat traumatic experience for a dog that's used to sticking his head out the car window and enjoying the sights along the way.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.bringing overly aggressive dogs directly into an exam room vs.having these dogs sit in a waiting room with other stressed/vocal animals) within the clinic setting to provide a patient more amenable to handling.
Here at Pet Relocation, we are constantly asked about sedation or the use of tranquilizers when flying our customers' pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), sedating cats or dogs during air travel may increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems.