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Old 02-21-2010, 11:25 AM
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Sleeping pills for dogs??

Unfortunately my grandmother in Greece died today and I'm flying tomorrow there (that was urgent and everything has been in a hurry).

I'll take with me Liza and Chico in the plane. I have an appointment in about 2 hours to discuss about sleeping pills or generally anything to help keep the dogs calm in flight. Liza is a barker and I don't want to cause any trouble with her in the plane.

Do you know anything that I should be careful about and ask the vet?
(Not that I don't trust my vet but if you know anything about side effect of specific herbals/meds I would like to know)
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so sorry to hear about your grandmother tho alfi *hugs*

there are some meds that will help with anxiety, and some that will just make the dog sleepy, in general the thoughts behind either are that the ones that make them sleepy will make them seem calm, but not really be calm and the ones that are for anxiety will help them to actually be calm, but most of the anxiety meds take some time to take effect, i personally use melatonin i've experimented with it a bit, it works fairly well, but it really only takes the edge off...
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Sorry to hear about your grandmother
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Melatonin is what the vet suggested 30min before the flight. I'll think about it over night and decide in the morning

You think I should go for it?

Oh and thank you!!
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Iam sorry for your loss.

I was going to suggest either melatonin or benadryl. Or som' of the over the counter remedies.
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At first I was going to go with no med but a friend who travels a lot with plane+dogs suggested to think about it. I want the best for the dogs
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i'd say to go for it, it won't hurt..imo... to use it, i searched quite a bit for anything showing adverse side affects of melatonin in dogs, and i could not find anything "bad" about it...
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Sorry for your loss. I have flown several times to Germany and back with my Sheppards no meds no problems

A very well respected training and breeder I am good friends with in Germany advises against meds..but not sure why. Sorry.

Just make sure you don't feed them a good 6 hours before you go if not longer and vary little water.
Have water available as soon as you land.
Have a safe trip
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I don't worry about their potty. I'm pretty comfortable they won't go in their crates. I just don't want them to bark and annoy other passengers cause actually it's not allowed to have them in the seat with me (it is just a favor). As long as the meds are fine I think I won't risk it.

If you can find why he/she is against meds please let me know
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I don't know about where you are but in the US no airlines will fly a dog that has been given meds to make them sleep/relax.


This is the American Veterinary Medical Association's statement:


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It is recommended that you DO NOT give tranquilizers to your pet when traveling by air because it can increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems because they are exposed to high altitudes. Short-nosed dogs and cats sometimes have even more difficulty with travel.
According to Dr. Patricia Olsen with the American Humane Association, "An animal's natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium is altered under sedation and when the kennel is moved, a sedated animal may not be able to brace and prevent injury."
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