Has anyone any tips regarding moving to another state with 3 dogs? Has anyone used any pet transportation services? It's a NY to Florida move, and I was planning to drive with them, but they aren't used to the car and I'll have cargo to drag with me. I have no idea how to do this.
Elizabeth from Ossining, New York
We moved a golden and a labrador retriever from central Texas to south central Missouri. We gave each a dose of Benadryl and made them comfy on the back seat of the truck. We stopped for walks, drinks and munchies at least hourly. They did pretty well. Our trip turned out to last 36 hours on the road and we all survived it. There were three of our cats in the other truck!
I don't know if this would help or not...my first big move with a dog was from Alaska to Kansas, and so we flew with our dog in cargo ($200) and we got meds from the vet, like muscle relaxers, to help him because of his nerves. He never pooped/peed in the kennel, which he slept in for two weeks before we moved (this dog never had a kennel before). When we moved to Oregon from Kansas, my DH moved our stuff/and car in a Budget Truck, and had the dog ride with him in cab with ac (he's a german shep/husky mutt). When I was little, my family and I did the Florida/New York trips a few times, and I believe it is a 3 day, with minimal stops. When are you going? Depending on the size of your vehicle, you may want to get a pet guard gate (to keep them from jumping up front) and let them ride with you to different places to get used to the car. For pet transport, same as FAA, they need a current vet checkup, probably soon before you go. One thing you may want to consider is that though they will be nervous on a trip, especially in the car, being without you will be MUCH WORSE!
Last week I had to call the vet because my dog sleeps with me & he has developed awful panic attacks when it storms or barely thunders & there is no sleep for anybody. They gave me a medication for him that last for 6-8 hours & he can have them every 6-8hrs. They work like a charm knocked him out & he slept so peacefully. I love my dog & would never do anything to harm him but the vet said it is more harmful for him to get so upset. They are reasonably priced & well worth it so they won't get upset.
Get medication from the vet to help them relax. Give them their last meal the night before if you plan to travel early the next morning. If they travel on a full stomach, they might vomit. Remember to give water and snacks at regular intervals on the road. Do whatever it takes to keep them with you in the car, transportation services would never care for your animals the way you do. (Take them for a few short trips before the actual move, so they get used to the car. Cover the backseat with an old blanket for protection.) You'll see that they love travelling, dogs do.
We moved from PA to FL, and just drove. We stopped quite often to let them get out and stretch their legs and such, and just comforted them as much as we could. I disagree with everyone who says to dope your dog up. I think that is much more stressful for them.
My son isn't able to write himself right now but he has moved several times (MN to VA, FL to MN etc) with 3 dogs and 2 large birds and he offered the following:
I don't think I will have time to do so, but you are more than welcome to share it from me. I would NOT recommend she do anything except have her dogs travel with her. Her dogs will be disoriented enough without having to travel via some stranger. I would start getting them used to the car now by taking them on short fun trips once they are comfortable getting into and out of the car. Her vet should be able to guide her on acclimating them to the car. She should have everything set up so that they can safely get out and romp at their new home as soon as they arrive. The sooner all their familiar stuff arrives, the better, so that they will be around familiar sights and smells. They will get easily confused, so she should be EXTRA vigilant about keeping them close, under control, in fully and securely fenced yards, etc. Nothing else springs to mind at the moment. I wish her well! :-)
My dog is 18 and has lived with me and my parents since he was 8 months old. On July 28th my fiance and I moved into a new home and my baby seems to stress and freak out the moment I leave the house. He will howl and whine. The vet said that I took him from the only home he has ever known and that with his age he will have mental deterioration and cant see as well so he will stress. I feel awlful, but dont want to be without him. Any ideas
Regretfully you made the mistake of the dogs not being accustomed to Car travel. Even so, ALL animals are not good travellers and you need to speak to your veterinarian about a mild tranquillizer and depending on the laws in your State check that all animals have to be securely strapped in the seats. Unrestrained they become a "flying object" in an accident. And there is nothing wrong with registed Pet Transport these people travel hundreds of miles across States and the welfare of animals in their care is paramount at all times. Good luck.
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