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I am flying an 8 week old puppy in the cabin with me. Is

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I am flying an 8 week old puppy in the cabin with me. Is there anything i can give her to safely sedate her for the trip. She weighs 9 pounds
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?
Customer: Nothing but I want her quiet for the flight.
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: she does not hurt and is in excellent health
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Persia
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Persia?
Customer: She had a complete health check yesterday.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

Did you discuss oral sedatives with your vet yesterday during her health check?

Have you checked with the airlines to be sure they permit animals to be medicated while flying?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

The most commonly prescribed medications for flight in my experience are acepromazine and alprazolam. Both are prescription items and alprazolam is a controlled substance. Many veterinarians are hesitant to use such medications in very young dogs and, keep in mind, neither of them guarantee results. The idea is to give just enough to keep the pet calm. Either medication can cause an excitable stage where they vocalize constantly instead of relaxing and stress has a great deal to do with the behaviors, as well. It's wise, if you choose to go this route, to medicate the pet a few days ahead to know how they react and how much of the medication is needed. Typically the vet will send your prescription with a wide dose for the efficacy range in case you need to increase the dosage or redose during travel.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. Did you have additional questions? I did not hear back from you yesterday.

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