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flying with Bailey...

Bailey will join us for a 2-1/2 hour flight for thanksgiving. We have the Sleepypod 'Atom' which fits him perfectly, he's 7 pounds. He loves it!

What do you give a 7 pound, nine month old pup to keep them relaxed during take off?

a tiny bit of Benadryl?

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I did not give my dogs anything for flying from coast to coast (maybe 4-5 hours for first flight and then 1-2 hours more after transfer). Mine first flew at age 8 months and 3 months respectively. They both did perfectly fine. They were both very used to being crated and confined so I don't think flying in the "bag" is too much of a deal for them.

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I agree. I wouldn't give my dog anything. Two of mine have flown with no problems at all. In any case, even if I had a dog I KNEW would be anxious, I wouldn't give ANYTHING that wasn't prescribed by your vet.


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Chi-Chi flies 3-4 times per year. Next week she will be 2. Her first flight was at 12 weeks in a medium sized Sherpa bag. She has always fallen fast asleep at take-off. During her "teen" time, we had a problem with reactivity to strangers approaching her suddenly, so we started covering her stroller with a blanket while walking through the airport and playing with her while waiting at the gate to keep her focused on me. I have encountered people while traveling who told me they gave their dogs a dose of Benedryl before a flight, but if I personally wouldn't. I would ask my vet for something.
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I don't give Loki anything either. He flies, and rides in the car, in a Sleepypod Air. He just goes to sleep. I get to the airport a little early, check in and then take him out one more time for a short walk around and potty.


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I agree. I wouldn't give my dog anything. Two of mine have flown with no problems at all. In any case, even if I had a dog I KNEW would be anxious, I wouldn't give ANYTHING that wasn't prescribed by your vet.
I would also add that anxious about other things does not necessarily translate into anxious flying - Perry is the poster boy for this. He's super chill when we're flying. So, while I am trying out different sprays, etc to chill him out when we're driving or other stressful situations, I don't give him anything when he's flying - he doesn't need it.
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