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Q: Traveling

April 10, 2008 | By Abrelsford | 5 answers | Expired: 2322 days ago

Abrelsford

My husband and I are planning a vacation and plan to take my two schnauzers. Neither of us have traveled with pets before. Is there anything we should know before we go or do you have any advice?

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Renee B.
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Apr 15, 2008

I travel with my dogs and we keep water in the car for when we stop, we make a lot of rest stops so they can go potty and if you are staying at a hotel/motel make sure they take pets (some charge a non-refundable deposit).We also take their pet taxi but I do not shut them in, they just like to lay on their pillow that I put in the pet taxi.

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Melody
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Apr 10, 2008

I travel a lot with my pets, both short and long trips. But having to evacuate here in Texas because of Hurricane Rita was a true test of traveling with my babies. I had 2 dogs with me, a female blue heeler and a female (deaf) Aussie-mix. They both rode very well during our 12 hour trek to Huntsville (a drive that normally takes 2 1/2 hours). In my car cup holders, I had a bottle of water for me and a large plastic glass of water for them, with several bottles of water in the car and trunk for back-up. Because we had to sit in slow moving or completely stopped traffic for so long, I would periodically throughout each hour, hold the glass for them to drink. I also kept their toys and small treats in the car as well. But the biggest thing that I learned was to make sure that I had their leashes secured before ever opening the door. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but in that unknown situation, with lots of action going on, my heeler slipped out of the car. That's never happend before! And I was able to get her very quicky, but it could have been very different. My point is that you will be in unfamiliar (possibly) situations/places with your pets. Be EXTRA careful and aware. Don't open any doors, car or hotel, without them being secured. Make sure they are properly tagged for identification. And if possibly, secure them in the car with pet seat belts or carriers. That will protect them even more in the case of an accident. (I'm sorry, I don't mean to be so "dramatic", because your trip won't be like that, but with my experience and that of a friend's during the evacuation...one of her cats died during the evacuation because someone rearended them...I'm so much more careful.) Long story short, it is so much fun traveling with your pets and usually isn't "eventful" BUT, don't let your guard down. You can check online, or as Jill said with AAA for pet friendly places to stay and visit, and also have a list of vets in the areas that you will be visiting. Also for identification, have pictures of you and your pets and any papers for identification and proof of vaccinations. Then there is no question that they are yours. You'll have a BLAST with your babies on your trip! Have fun!!! Be safe! (Oh and if in a warm climate, DO NOT leave your babies in the car! Even on a moderate day, it's just not worth the risk!)

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Jill R.
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Apr 10, 2008

AAA has a fantastic pet travel book with lots of pet friendly places to stay, eat, and visit. It also has a great index of veterinary emergency clinics too and helpful tips.

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Debdog
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Apr 10, 2008

What part of the country are you traveling? Length of trip? There are many hotels that have become pet friendly. But if staying at a hotel be sure and put a do-not-disturb sign while you are gone in the event the maid service comes into the room and inadvertently lets them out! We use to travel by camper but now rent a house or cabin when we travel, and always take our dogs. I usually "google" something like "dog friendly frio river concan texas cabin". A couple of important points are: 1. be sure you have the dogs micro-chipped 2. put on temporary tags stating your contact info.(even if you have to make a small hand written note and put it in a luggage card holder and use a plastic tie to secure it to their collars. Or something-be creative as needed. Those are safety measures for worse case scenario of one getting lost. Take some benadryl for motion sickness if either one has that issue. The dose is usually 12-25 mg.but check with your vets office staff for exact amount. Of course the obvious of taking portable water, snacks, leashes and their usual food. If they need to be contained in the car, consider getting one of those pop up dog tents from Target. They are approx. $30.00 and fold flat as a pancake. Made out of nylon. This way they could ride in the back seat and you could actually seat belt them in place. Hope this helps and have fun on your trip!

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Danewillow
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Apr 10, 2008

We drove halfway across the country to go camping with our Great Dane puppy. She was really good in the car. We had toys for her to play with. We also take our Staffy Bull along on trips and camping. Make sure any hotels you're staying in allow pets. We use a collapsible crate to leave them in while we're out of the room or away from the campsite. They make some nylon water bowls that fold up making them easy to carry around with you. You might want to bring a jug of water with you in case it isn't readily available or you are worried about the source.

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