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My two ShiTzus are healthy (exception of bladder infections

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my two ShiTzus are healthy (exception of bladder infections from time to time). They travel well by car, but we are trying to take them on vacation by plane. A friend said her Vet gave her dog Tranzodone and I am trying to seek information concerning whether this is a common drug.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infestations Triaenodon can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Triaenodon?
Customer: my spelling is Trazodone
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Although I do use trazadone for dogs postoperatively to keep them calm it isn't something I dispense for plane rides. In fact, the most common and effective use is an over the counter product called rescue remedy. It is a flower essence that reduces anxiety and is the safest option. When traveling with my dogs on planes it is what I have used reliably.

I tend to avoid medications because if there is a reaction or heavy sedation you are stuck in an situation with a heavily sedated dog and cannot reverse nor do anything about their state. The rescue remedy simply calms their anxiety and really is effective. CLICK HERE for a link on amazon but it is often available at your local vitamin store. I do prefer the human versus the pet version of the supplement and testing it out before a trip while your veterinarian is open to ask questions if there is an adverse effect.

Typically starting with a few drops hourly to find the desired reduction in anxiety then using that an hour prior to travel, repeating as needed on the flight...

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