SEDATION FOR PETS TRAVELING BY AIR IS PROHIBITED AND DANGEROUS
Pet owners are always worried about shipping their pets and need reassurance that their pet will be OK. If you have an anxious pet, you might be tempted to ask your vet for sedatives or tranquilizers for the travel. Many veterinarians will prescribe these medications, unaware that this is against the airline regulations. Here’s why…
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), air transport of sedated pets may be fatal. Some animals have adverse reactions to sedatives. Also sedatives effect that animal’s natural ability to stabilize, balance and maintain equilibrium. When a kennel is moved, the sedated animal may not have the ability to balance and brace to prevent possible injury. The increased altitude can also create respiratory and cardiovascular for dogs and cats that are sedated. Brachycephalic breeds are especially susceptible to the affects of sedatives. An alternative to sedatives is to acclimate your pet to their crate in advance. Please click here for some tips on crate training.