Sedating a dog when traveling
Arriving in new locales can feel glamorous and exciting, but let’s face it, getting there is rarely half the fun.Even on domestic flights, airport lines, security checks, airplane air and noise, and delayed connections are stressful enough for people.What do you tell people on how to successfully prepare the crate for dog air travel?You need to start with an airline-approved crate— which can vary with each airline — then its time to “Pimp Your Crate” to help draw special attention to the precious cargo inside!To get started, be sure the crate is appropriately sized, which is large enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, and lay down in.Position it in an area of the house with a lot of activity, such as the kitchen, so that he still feels like part of the family, and place him favorite toy and an old shirt with your scent inside.As Melanie will discuss below, there are many factors during dog air travel that can lead to loss, injury -- and even death -- of your precious pooch if he is shipped in the belly of a plane.If you have absolutely no alternative form of getting your dog where you need to go, follow the dog air travel advice below by Melanie Monteiro.
If, however, you have a small dog that passes muster to fly in the main cabin with you, congratulations!A lifelong dog lover, Melanie has been a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, the national organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities.In her continued quest to help dogs lead safe, healthy lives, Melanie went on to earn certificates in canine nutrition and pet first aid.She currently teaches pet first aid and disaster response courses for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute to pet owners throughout Southern California.Melanie lives in Topanga, California with her husband, Mark, and Taiga, their six-year-old Lab.
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The day before the flight, fill the water dish 2/3 full and freeze it, then take it with you to the airport to place in the crate right before you check the dog in.