Short-nosed dogs and cats sometimes have even more difficulty with travel.
Give the dog a dose at home first to see if it makes the dog sleepy. Consult your veterinarian before giving any medication to your dog.) If acepromazine is absolutely necessary, try a few test doses at home before travel.
For additional, more specific information on traveling with animals, including updated regulations, visit our Animal Travel and Transport pages.
This certificate basically indicates your pet is healthy to travel and is not showing signs of a disease that could be passed to other animals or to people.
Certain vaccinations must be up to date for a health certificate to be issued.
Sedation affects a dog’s equilibrium, says Patricia Olson, DVM, director of veterinary affairs and studies for the Englewood, Colo.-based American Humane Association.
This can impair its ability to steady itself against sudden movements, which can result in injury.
Although most dogs travel by air without problems, some need sedation, which increases the risk of complications.
When your dog rides in a plane’s cargo hold, no one can monitor the effects of sedatives.
The last thing you want to deal with is a howling cat or a wimpering dog for hours until you land.