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As soon as the Canada US border opens up, I’d like to take my 1 year old to SF from Victoria, BC for a family visit. He is an active, social little boy and I know he won’t quietly lie in his carrier for a couple of hours. I’m reluctant to use a traditional medical sedative which is what the vet recommends and what they use for pre surgery procedures (ie, Gabapantin and Trazapone sp.?) Has anyone used these products and if so what was the experience for your dog? Alternatively, is there something else, more natural that worked well? I’m open to trying cannibas products as well if they are well recommended. Thank you for your help, Rhema
 

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I would use what was recommended by my vet. Anything sedating is, by definition, a drug. I would want to use one that was well understood if I needed to use one at all. A better choice, if you have the time, would be to work with the pup over time, to accept confinement better if you can.
 

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As soon as the Canada US border opens up, I’d like to take my 1 year old to SF from Victoria, BC for a family visit. ’
Prior to Covid, we flew with RICKY 2 or 3 times a year from L.A. to Mexico. Flights were about 2.5 hours. We don't give him anything. Although he is a high energy Havanese, we just put him in his carrier and he rides along quietly under the seat in front of us. I don't have any recommendations for you other than talk to your Vet.

My SIL is manager of western U.S. freight operations for a major airline. We have always taken RICKY in the cabin with us on Alaska Airlines. My SIL tells me that Alaska no longer allows pets to fly in the cabin, they must fly in the hold as freight cargo. My SIL (a dog lover) says NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ship any dog as air cargo, it is just too dangerous for the dog. I will never ship RICKY as air cargo. He tells me all airlines are cracking down on dogs in the cabin because of so many problems and law suits. My point is, be sure and check with the airline you want to use if they allow small dogs in cabin and what the cost is.
 

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Prior to Covid, we flew with RICKY 2 or 3 times a year from L.A. to Mexico. Flights were about 2.5 hours. We don't give him anything. Although he is a high energy Havanese, we just put him in his carrier and he rides along quietly under the seat in front of us. I don't have any recommendations for you other than talk to your Vet.

My SIL is manager of western U.S. freight operations for a major airline. We have always taken RICKY in the cabin with us on Alaska Airlines. My SIL tells me that Alaska no longer allows pets to fly in the cabin, they must fly in the hold as freight cargo. My SIL (a dog lover) says NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ship any dog as air cargo, it is just too dangerous for the dog. I will never ship RICKY as air cargo. He tells me all airlines are cracking down on dogs in the cabin because of so many problems and law suits. My point is, be sure and check with the airline you want to use if they allow small dogs in cabin and what the cost is.
There are still LOTS of airlines that will fly dogs in-cabin, though. The show folks are doing it daily. Just make sure you make your plans early enough. MOST airlines have a limited number of dogs allowed per plane, and with (STILL) less planes in the air at the moment, there are less available spots for dogs.
 
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We've used Trazodone on both our bigger dogs when we have to take them to a vet appointment or the kennel (they get worked up in the car, but are fine when they reach their destination). For them, it helps calm them down a little, but it doesn't knock them out or make them seem woozy or groggy.

I, on the other hand, need to be very groggy in order to fare well on a plane!
 

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As soon as the Canada US border opens up, I’d like to take my 1 year old to SF from Victoria, BC for a family visit. He is an active, social little boy and I know he won’t quietly lie in his carrier for a couple of hours. I’m reluctant to use a traditional medical sedative which is what the vet recommends and what they use for pre surgery procedures (ie, Gabapantin and Trazapone sp.?) Has anyone used these products and if so what was the experience for your dog? Alternatively, is there something else, more natural that worked well? I’m open to trying cannibas products as well if they are well recommended. Thank you for your help, Rhema
 
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