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Pet medication 'can help with plane travel'

Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

People who are considering taking their pet on a plane could use pet medication to help them relax before the journey.

That is according to Dr Pete Wedderburn, a vet writing for the Daily Telegraph. He said that non-sedating anti-anxiety medication could be used for six to eight weeks before travel to help the animal.

Dr Wedderburn was responding to a reader who lives in the Middle East, but was looking to transport their three cats to the UK. They were concerned about the length of the flight but did not want to have to give up the cats.

The vet also said that the cats should be introduced to carriers for a few months before travel.

He wrote: "Leave the carriers around the house, with treats and toys in them. Take the cats for short, easy trips ... to familiarise them with the idea. Use pheromone sprays (e.g. Feliway) to make the carriers more acceptable to the cats, and on the day of travel, too."

As of January 1st, all cats, dogs and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world as long as they meet the rules of the net PETS scheme. To be eligible, the animal must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.