Sedating a dog for a trip

Cats for instance, occasionally become more excited following the administration of "sedating" drugs.By Cesar Millan Bringing your dog on vacation with you just adds to the fun and alleviates the worry of not knowing what’s happening with your dog while you’re on the road. Planes and cars aren’t designed with dogs in mind, and you need to know what to expect when you reach your final destination.

Although animals may be excitable while being handled during the trip to the airport and prior to loading, they probably revert to a quiescent resting state in the dark, closed cargo hold, and the sedatives may have an excessive effect.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.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.Most airlines only allow one or two dogs on each flight, so it's important to book your dog's ticket as soon as possible.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.A common misconception many pet owners have is believing sedation is beneficial for anxious pets when travelling.Our resident vets here at Jetpets strongly discourage sedating pets and instead suggest other alternatives to calm anxious pets.By planning your dog travel ahead of time, you can make the vacation a truly relaxing time for you and your dog. They don’t mind the crate and some even feel safer in one.Here are my best dog travel tips to help make that happen: It’s natural to feel bad about crating your dog. It’s usually a good idea to crate your dog when riding in the car.