Sedating dogs on planes
Sedation is a relaxed, calm or tranquil state induced after the administration of drugs.
When a dog is sedated, it becomes more docile and can easily be handled, making it less stressful for the dog when procedures like grooming and veterinary examinations are being done.
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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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.
Obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of departure.
For travel outside the continental United States, additional planning and health care requirements may be necessary.
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.
Since a full stomach might be uncomfortable for your dog during travel, we recommend feeding him about four hours before the flight, if possible.