Balance and equilibrium are disturbed by sedation and compromised senses can lead to inappropriate or complete lack of response to accidental danger.Except in unusual circumstances, veterinarians should not dispense sedatives for animals that are to be transported in cargo holds. An aware, physically uncompromised animal, even if somewhat anxious, is better able to withstand temperature and air pressure changes, rough handling, or other accidental or unfortunate circumstances of travel.

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Loads of information about preparing pets for road or air travel is available online or from veterinarians.

Mapping the Effects of Sedation According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, air transport of sedated pets can be fatal.

Even at recommended doses animals can be unpredictable during sedation.

Altitude and pressurization can alter the effect of some sedatives, much as the cocktail a human enjoys on the ground can become a knockout potion when imbibed in the air.

Trial Run Before Hitting the Trail Planning ahead is essential.

No matter what an owner and the veterinarian decide is best for the pet - sedation, calming agents, appliances - it is best to give the proposed solution a trial run well before traveling to ensure the remedy has the desired effect.

Over-sedation by anxious owners is the most frequent cause of animal deaths during flight.

Generally, sedation accounts for more than half of all in-flight animal deaths.

First on the Itinerary Sedating pets for plane travel or road trips is a somewhat daunting issue.