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Dr. Captain, Board Certified Physician
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Older cat with aggressive personality, needs to fly with my

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older cat with aggressive personality, needs to fly with my 88 year old father (cat weighs 22 lbs)--need a good, safe oral sedative to allow the vet to immunize him, and allow him to go through security at the airport--I am a physician so can understand medical lingo
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

Hello!

I am a Family Medicine doc - and I just reached out to a vet friend who works in my clinic for suggestions for you.

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

1 option he suggests is benadryl, at 0.5 to 2mg per pound of animal...

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

He says also that helping the cat feel secure and safe is important. blankets, familiar smells, etc

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Have tried Benadryl, it is not enough of a sedative effect
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

ok. just out of curiosity, what dosages did you try?

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

how old is the cat?

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

will the cat be in the cabin? or below?

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

Acepromazine is the option of choice after benadryl. Vet recommends 5 mg

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
cat will be in the cabin, he is 8 years old, and gave him 1.5 of 25 mg--or approximately 37 mg
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

gotcha. yeah, so acepromazine 5mg is next step

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
can he take it orally? Is there a human equivalent?
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

he can take it orally.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
most importantly, is it safe? does it need to be dosed based on weight
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

the vet is telling me 5mg is safe. of course, this is not consider comorbidities or age or hydration status.

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

it looks like it's a relative of chlorpromazine for humans, but it's a unique vet product

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
thanks, ***** ***** these with our vets approval
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

Sounds great!

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