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    Alprazolam for pet travel?

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    Has anyones vet prescribed their dog this stuff for travel? Tank has serious travel anxiety and i cant have another travel day like we did last time. he screamed and cried the entire flight and everyone looked at me like they wanted to kill me. and i felt so bad for tank. I just want him to be calm and comfortable bc its a LONG flying day.

    we tested out the 1/2 pill she prescribed him this morning and its done absolutely nothing to calm him down. she said it would make him mellow and sleepy..... and hes none of the above.

    any other ideas on how to keep him calm and quiet for a flight?
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    Have you tried a thunder shirt, calming pills or melatonin?
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    Sedatives generally won't work on an animal if they are excited and already freaked when you dose them. You need to give him the meds, then keep him in a quiet, calm place until the drugs take effect.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FinallyMrsG View Post
    Sedatives generally won't work on an animal if they are excited and already freaked when you dose them. You need to give him the meds, then keep him in a quiet, calm place until the drugs take effect.
    This I'd try a thundershirt as well.
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    I was told by my vet that you can't sedate an animal for a flight because the effects of the medication can be unpredictable at the altitude or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by january View Post
    I was told by my vet that you can't sedate an animal for a flight because the effects of the medication can be unpredictable at the altitude or something.
    This is one of the warnings on several Pet forums.

    I use the Bach Pet Rescue Remedy for both my pups when they have to ride in the car. I give it to them 30 min before we leave the house. It seems to work so far.

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    I also agree with the Thunder Shirt recommendation.
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    Thunder shirt.

    Also, benadryl.

    Like said above, airlines do not allow pets to be sedated.
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    benadryl does nothing to relax him. we tried that and the medication and he wasnt worked up when i gave it to him either time. so they just dont work. and we tried the thundershirt and it didnt make any difference in his behavior at all, and we put that on about an hour before we went on a car ride. and our vet said the meds would be fine on the flight so i trust her opinion because its not sedating him, its just supposed to calm him. she said he would still be alert and able to play but should just calm his anxiety about being in a car/flight. but its a moot point since it doesnt do anything for him anyway. blah.
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    I believe most of the warnings about sedating pets before airline travel applies to those pets that will be shipped as cargo. The OP is planning on taking her pet onboard in the cabin.

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