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Q: To drug or not to drug....

January 6, 2009 | By BraxtonsMom | 8 answers | Expired: 2049 days ago

To drug or not to drug....

Do any of you use medicine on your dogs when you travel (for anxiety or keep them from getting sick). My vet prescribes muscle relaxants and they seem to work

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Elizabeth D.
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Jan 18, 2009

i work in animal rescue and have used both ace (available only through a vet) and draminine or even benadryl (over the counter). i only use ACE if the dog really hates travel or if very very nervous dog. Just for basic motion sickness i use draminine. it works great on most dogs. if i have a dog that is a little anxious a simple benadry works. it makes them a little sleepy and the ride isn't as bad. Plus both over the counter is safe for most dogs and works out of their systems much quicker than the ace.

Maggie my own dog is terrified of storms. She paces and hyperventalates. the vet actually prescribed her a type of valium but this is only for extreme cases

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ArmyAngel1986
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Jan 15, 2009

We used to give tranqs of some kind to my cat when we traveled with her, but she handles it much better now so we don't bother. BuilderBob mentioned not giving anything to animals when flying; that's because if you tranquilize animals before flying, they could die en route. It has to do with their ability to breathe, and the extreme temperatures of the cargo hold.

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Cathy J.
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Jan 14, 2009

I prefer natural remedies to medicines, and I have used both Rescue Sleep (like Rescue Remedy) and Dogswell "Mellow Mut" treats for my dog's nerves. Both seem to work well for her. Mellow Mut treats have chamomile & hops in them, which are herbs. Rescue Sleep is made with flower essences.

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Jan 06, 2009

I don't have a dog but when I first brought one of my cats in the car for a trip, he freaked. Hyperventilated and all. I got a mild tranquilizer from the vet. I gave it to my cat before we got in the car and he was calm all the way...slept too. But the good thing is, after two times giving the tranquilizer and a ride in the car, my cat did not need it anymore. He was "desensitized." He identified riding in the car with calmness w/o the tranquilizer.

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Cari415
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Jan 06, 2009

I use Bendryal when i travel with my dog. It doesn't knock them out completly but it calms them down alot.

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BuilderBob
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Jan 06, 2009

We were told not to use anything to inhibit panting when we flew dogs in the past.

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Choya M.
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Jan 06, 2009

I do not use anything just my voice it is my preference only.

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Wendie
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Jan 06, 2009

We use melatonin or rescue remedy. Both are over the counter and natural and really seem to work to take the edge off. We've also used benadryl for this purpose.

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