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Travel - to sedate or not

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Nellybelly, May 11, 2010.


  1. Nellybelly

    Nellybelly PetForums VIP

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    Bella si coming to Greece with us this summer. It's almosta 2 hour flight. DO you think it best to sedate her or not?
     
  2. Tanya1989

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    I personally wouldn't. If anything goes wrong with the sedation mid flight you in deep $hit. You could try a herbal calming remedy such as Bach flower remedy, but I wouldn't use anything that clinically sedates a dog.
     
  3. sue&harvey

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    I wouldn't if you caould help it. There is very little study of the effects of the altitude and sedation. As it's only a 2 hour flight and she is hopefully staying with you, she should be ok. As Tanya says you can try calmatives.
     
  4. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    Most airlines wont take sedated animals.
     
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    Very few people sedate their dogs nowadays. I would never do it. Just get your dog happy with the crate she will be in.
     
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    The combination of altitude and sedation can be fatal.
     
  7. Nellybelly

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    Great. Just wanted reconfirmation. our vet agrees about not sedating, and when Nelson used to travel to Greece with us he was never sedated.

    Getting used to her cage is going ok, as long as it is open. she will not stay in it by choice, but waits eagerly until I say she can get out....but she freaks out the minute she realises I am about to close it:(
    So we are still working on the cage open...feeding her treats while she is there.
     
  8. Chance

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    Chance came to Oz unsedated. They sprayed her crate with a pheromone to relax her. She spent over 20 hours in the box, which I was not happy about but unable to do anything about it.

    When she left quarantine she flew to us here (9 hour drive meant she would have had to stay there for an extra 2 nights versus a 60 minute flight and home two days earlier!) and when I met her at the airport I opened the crate and she was like a lifeless bag of fur in the bottom of the crate. I think she thought she was back in there for the long haul.

    When she realised it was me, she filled with life like someone inflated a balloon using 1000psi!

    Good lcuk with the trip
     
  9. Nellybelly

    Nellybelly PetForums VIP

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    Aaaw. 20hours!!!
    Nelson used to be in for 3 hours maximum and I couldn't bare the thought of it. he was so happy when we got him out, he'd run as if he'd been cooped up for a year.
     
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