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July 25th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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and driving...

The trip is going to be in the next 21 days...

We're renting a minivan to make the drive across country... It's a one way trip... 2 adults... and one very beloved pampered princess...

Any suggestions to help make the ride easier for her?
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July 25th, 2006, 12:32 PM
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Lots and lots of stops!! We took ours on a 500 mile trip (one way + 500 back) one xmas. It was terrible because we drove through the WORST thunderstorms the ENTIRE way there! They hate storms as it is. The golden refused to go to the bathroom until we got there. The eskie only went once.

Try to find rest areas that have a "pet stop" area as well... lots of grass & trees. Some are so full of semi-trucks that our dogs were too scared to get out of the car, and we were scared that they'd get spooked and take off with the leash. They were only a year old at the time. I don't think it would be quite as bad now, but they're still not big on long trips.
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July 25th, 2006, 01:25 PM
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I suggest cutting down her feeding portions during the trip, just a little bit. It will help keep her stomach from getting upset during, what may be, a stressful time.

And I agree with BensMom make plenty of stops and let her stretch and exercise as much as possible.

Maybe you can mapquest a couple of dogparks on your route?
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July 25th, 2006, 01:51 PM
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there was a time when bruzer was getting car sick so even if he wasnt the vet said to give him a bendryl and it'll keep him calm the entire trip, and limit the food

good luck, are u going on vacation

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July 25th, 2006, 01:56 PM
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Don't forget to update her tag with your cell phone number(s) just in case. Have copies of all her vet records with you and easily accessible.

Is Princess normally ok in the car? No anxiety or motion sickness?

Good luck with the drive!! I definitely agree with all the previous suggestions. We do a lot of travelling with our pups and they always do great.
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July 25th, 2006, 06:40 PM
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We did close to 1800 miles with 3 cats, a 3 1/2 year old, and an 80lb boxer dog. The 3 cats and kid rode in the SUV with me, the dog rode in the U-Haul with my husband. We stopped a few times a day (it was 10 hours a day for 3 days) at rest stops, walked him on a leash (which did NOT come off of him until he was safely back in the truck), and kept him in his kennel at night in the hotel so he felt safer.

He DID break out in hives the day after we got here, vet said it may have been stress or new climant (we moved from Louisiana to Arizona), but a week of Benedryl did the trick and he's been fine ever since.

No problems along the way, just make sure that doggie is on heartworm meds if you're traveling through high mosquito states, and that he/she has a good tick/flea preventor (preferably RX) since you never know where you may have to stop for potty breaks.

Best of luck to you!
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July 25th, 2006, 07:34 PM
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If motion sickness or stress becomes a problem, you can use dramamine or benadryl. I know the dosage for benadryl is 1 pill per 25 lbs... I don't remember the dramamine dosage. I just know we always gave Gracie a whole one and puffy a 1/2 one when they were puppies (appx 8 and 30 lbs at the time??).
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