(He's certified as my Service Dog, so he gets to sit on my lap or on the floor -- he doesn't have to be in a carrier.) Then, a couple months after that, I took him on a 2.5 hour flight and I expected he would do just as well, but he had a major panic/anxiety attack during the entire flight there and back.
There was nothing I could do or say to calm him down or snap him out of it -- he was completely shut down.
While it may seem as though a sedative would help your dog travel quietly and safely, the opposite is true.
I think that I would withhold food the day of travel for my pet, just because it would be more comfortable for the pet if there wasn't an urge to defecate during the flight.
It is my understanding that we should not tranquilize her, because of all her medications. If you think sedation is really necessary it is best to use approximately 1/2 of the usual dosage in order to compensate for the lower pressure in the cargo holds of airliners, based on the advice of a commission that studied this problem in traveling pets.
Arriving in new locales can feel glamorous and exciting, but let’s face it, getting there is rarely half the fun.
Even on domestic flights, airport lines, security checks, airplane air and noise, and delayed connections are stressful enough for people.
You should speak to your vet about plans to bring your dog along when you air travel.
Air travel can be frightening for your dog, but using a sedative is not recommended.
A dog with Cushing's disease should have water available.
It might help to freeze the water in one water bowl so that it thawed during the flight and provided a water source later in the flight (use two water bowls in this case, obviously).
It took a little bit of the edge off, but he was still shaking and drooling uncontrollably and he was generally inconsolable.