Taking a trip with your pet? Whether you are traveling internationally or around North America, Doral Centre Animal Hospital has got you covered. Please thoroughly read through the information below to familiarize yourself with the process of preparing your pet for travel. If you have questions, contact our team for clarification.
When traveling internationally with your pet dog or cat, whether you’re headed to Miami or from Miami, there are 4 organizations that you need to contact.
When traveling with a pet within the 50 United States and Puerto Rico, you are only required to obtain an interstate health certificate from our office. Remember, the health certificate is only good for 30 days. Don’t forget to contact your airline regarding the items listed in #1 above in the international section, as they apply to domestic travel as well.
There are pros and cons to sedating a pet. If you have a young, health pet who is highly anxious and becomes stressed easily, or a pet that is expected to bark or vocalize the whole trip, then sedating is a good idea. However, keep in mind, that if the pet is traveling below the aircraft, then we are sedating a pet who is not being supervised. If adverse effects occur, no one will be able to help the pet. If you have a geriatric pet or one with a heart condition or other serious medical problem, ask us about the possibility of giving Benadryl instead of a sedative.
If you will be sedating your pet for a trip and you’re concerned about how he might react to the sedative, you can ask us for an extra dose and try the sedative out at home 1 or 2 weeks before the trip. We always get asked the question: “How long will it last?” The sedative generally works really well for the first l-2 hours and still has a good effect for 4-6 hours. Although the effectiveness usually wanes after that time, you may see lingering effects for up to 24 hours.
A quick tip: Be sure to give the sedative before you leave the house. Don’t wait until you get to the airport. Once your pet is stressed out, the effectiveness could be lessened. And finally, do not give more than the recommended dose. If you have any questions, give us a call, we are open 24 hours a day.
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