Sedating house cats for travel

Having your pet's medical records, rabies certificates, and a supply of medications sufficient to get established and find a veterinarian in Italy would be a good idea for minimizing complications.Mike Richards, DVM 8/13/2001 Hello - many years ago I was bringing an Old English Sheepdog puppy back from the UK to the US, on an American airline (forgotten which one) and when I arranged the flight, the airline people said words to the effect that "you will sedate him, of course".If I was going to attempt this move and I wasn't too worried about boarding the dogs or asking a friend to keep them for the weekend, I would give the cats a few days "head start" and introduce them to the new house while the dogs were away.

If there was turbulence,it ws feared that the animal would just bounce around like a lost parcel! I am very concerned about what this experience might do to them.Make sure your dog has access to water up to the last minute before the flight and then as soon as possible on landing.Since you are traveling with your dog, picking her up at the airport shouldn't be delayed but this is an important factor when providing for the safety of pets that are traveling, so make sure arrangements for handling her at the airport are secure. I think that I would withhold food the day of travel for my pet, just because it would be more comfortable for the pet if there wasn't an urge to defecate during the flight. It is my understanding that we should not tranquilize her, because of all her medications. If you think sedation is really necessary it is best to use approximately 1/2 of the usual dosage in order to compensate for the lower pressure in the cargo holds of airliners, based on the advice of a commission that studied this problem in traveling pets.

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