Sedating dogs for airplane travel
A good carrier will be the correct size for your dog, fit under a plane seat, and have features that make your pet’s flying experience as comfortable as possible.
If your dog only sees her carrier when she’s being taken to the vet, she’s not likely to regard it as a cozy den.
Travelers with dogs small enough to fit under an airplane seat don’t have to wave good-bye as their pet’s crate is rolled away, or worry about conditions in the plane’s cargo area on the tarmac or during flight.
When we were deciding to add a dog to our life, we deliberately chose a breed small enough to fly at our feet. airlines, and many international airlines, allow passengers to travel with an in-cabin dog.
On most planes, a middle seat offers the most under-seat space, but ask the reservation agent if the plane you’ll be traveling on has a bulky electronics box in that space.
If possible, choose a non-stop flight to your destination, to reduce your travel time.