|Barked: Sat Jan 7, '12 4:24pm PST |
|As a military spouse I'm going to say something that some won't feel is PC. You created the monster, you need to make time to correct it so the rest of the plane doesn't view other military spouses or even "purse dog" owners in a poor light.
First, whether he's going as checked baggage or in-cabin, he needs to be acclimated to his travel container.
Second, no, none of the airlines will take obviously tranquilized pets. It can depress their respiration, especially when in the hold. If the dog is going as carry-on (in-cabin) you can get with your vet for something a bit more sedating, but keep in mind that if something happens, it's all on you and during check-in the dog has to be able to stand up and turn around. Your other alternative is Benedryl, for both dog and kid, just do a trial run beforehand (on both) to make sure it doesn't make either hyper.
In the meantime, work on desensitizing him to the things that set him off. If he shows out too much before boarding, you can be removed from the plane.
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