Q. I am flying on Monday and want my dog to sleep. The vet said to try benedryl. He is 13lbs and I gave him 12.5 dosage. It did not make him sleep.
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. Benadryl is not always working when seeking the sleeping effect. Most airport vets now days do not recommend heavy sedation drugs for flying, the concern is probably because there is no one in the dogs area that is supervising their condition during the flight.
I you do require a "sleeping pill" next time ask your vet for Xanax (alprazolam), it usually works like a charm.
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM
A. The goal with any sedation is not to sleep but to be more relaxed. If that happened with the Benadryl I would stick with that. The next step is Acepromazine which your vet can prescribe.