Kate Cummings, DVM, DACVAA [email protected] Aggressive and/or fearful dogs present several challenges for the small animal practitioner.
These patients are difficult to fully evaluate and present a safety hazard to the clinic staff, veterinarian, and sometimes even the owner.
When questioned by airline personnel, many owners claim that their veterinarians had advised them to do so.
Although sedatives/tranquilizers should never be repeated for animals traveling by air, sedated pets may have adverse reactions in pressurized aircraft even when single doses are administered at recommended dosages.
But getting there can still be half the fun if you follow the ten tips below and make sure you're familiar with the Airline Pet Policy, restrictions on Pet Travel in the US, and any additional International Pet Travel restrictions at your destination.
Prescription medications can interact with other products your dog is taking, either prescribed or OTC, so always make sure your vet knows about anything else you're giving your pet - including natural, herbal or homeopathic products.
Make an appointment with your pet's veterinarian for a check-up and make sure all vaccinations are up to date.
Obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of departure.
Don't buy your ticket until you call the airline and make sure there is a "seat" available for your dog on the flight.
Once the agent has confirmed availability, reserve both your seats on the same ticket while you're still on the phone with the agent.