co-owns a small animal general veterinary practice in rural tidewater Virginia. Richards graduated from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, and has been in private practice ever since. Richards has been the director of the Pet Care Forum... We have an old Brittany (11Years), she has bad hips, Cushings Disease and Thyroid condition. Should we feed her before flight, if so how much before the flight, and what about water. Thank you and best regards Tia Answer: Tia- There is a very strong correlation between sedation or tranquilization and death during airplane flights for pets who are not flying in the cabin with their owners. Question: We are moving to Italy from San Francisco. The compartment is heated, but we are still very concern about her.The combination of high altitude and the sedative's effect on your dog's heart and respiration can cause cardiac problems or breathing difficulties.Many pets are unused to the effects of sedatives and may become disoriented and at risk of injury. Your veterinarian will need to examine your dog and provide a certificate stating that your pet is healthy and ready for air travel and that all of his required vaccinations are up-to-date. co-owns a small animal general veterinary practice in rural tidewater Virginia. Richards graduated from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, and has been in private practice ever since. Richards has been the director of the Pet Care Forum...A crate with a grate on the bottom and perhaps some absorbent pads would minimize discomfort from urinating during the flight. 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.
I am always anxious about flying these dogs, and think you would be taking a huge risk to put him in the crate.
Make sure your dog has access to water up to the last minute before the flight and then as soon as possible on landing.
Since you are traveling with your dog, picking her up at the airport shouldn't be delayed but this is an important factor when providing for the safety of pets that are traveling, so make sure arrangements for handling her at the airport are secure.
Last summer I took him on a 1-hour flight to San Francisco.
I bought him a Thundershirt and Mutt Muffs to see if that would help.