Sedating your dog for a flight
Outfit the crate with his favorite bed and some toys, so he'll feel more comfortable.
This question comes up often when people are embarking on a long car trip or taking their dog on an airplane.You can find specific steps for doing so here: "Traveling With Your Dog," and "Car Sickness in Dogs." If you will be taking your dog on a plane, be sure to get him used to his travel crate well ahead of time.Allow him to spend some time in there with the door open first, giving him praise and treats when he stays inside.High altitudes can create respiratory or cardiovascular problems in sedated dogs.The Schaumburg, Ill.-based American Veterinary Medical Association agrees.Speaking of projectiles, don’t feed your dog a lot before the trip as they are prone to motion sickness. Wait until there’s a break and you can give her a small snack, preferably high in protein.
It’s also good to spend a little time playing or walking during the break to get rid of some pent-up energy.
And of course, don’t leave your dog in a parked car, especially when it’s warm out.
Even with the window cracked open, the car can quickly turn into an oven, and your dog will get dehydrated.
You’ll be less distracted while driving which is safer for both of you.
It also prevents your dog from becoming a projectile if you have to stop fast, also reducing the chance of injury for both of you.
Sedation affects a dog’s equilibrium, says Patricia Olson, DVM, director of veterinary affairs and studies for the Englewood, Colo.-based American Humane Association.