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Old 11-08-2014, 08:35 AM
 
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I've driven from NJ to FL with 5 cats and 2 dogs! I never mentioned all of this to the front desk--I just said I had 2 dogs and asked for a room towards the back so I could go back and forth with carriers. Like another poster said, one of my cats would not come out from under a dresser and that took some effort to get her out. Aside from that, it was fine. The cats were extremely adaptable. One thing--we never left the room and left the animals unattended in case someone accidentally came in (cleaning person, etc.). Good luck.
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:38 PM
 
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I've driven from NJ to FL with 5 cats and 2 dogs! I never mentioned all of this to the front desk--I just said I had 2 dogs and asked for a room towards the back so I could go back and forth with carriers. Like another poster said, one of my cats would not come out from under a dresser and that took some effort to get her out. Aside from that, it was fine. The cats were extremely adaptable. One thing--we never left the room and left the animals unattended in case someone accidentally came in (cleaning person, etc.). Good luck.

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Old 11-17-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY (Crown Heights/Weeksville)
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We knew our big dog got anxious for just local car errands, so asked the vet before our move. The tranquilizer provided was helpful. It didn't put him to a sleep status, just took the edge off his anxiety. That way, he was awake and aware to stop at the roadside leash-walks to relieve himself during the day driving. It went better than expected, because of the right meds.

Bottled water was useful, so we always knew there was a supply for him at any time.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:10 AM
 
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We knew our big dog got anxious for just local car errands, so asked the vet before our move. The tranquilizer provided was helpful. It didn't put him to a sleep status, just took the edge off his anxiety. That way, he was awake and aware to stop at the roadside leash-walks to relieve himself during the day driving. It went better than expected, because of the right meds.

Bottled water was useful, so we always knew there was a supply for him at any time.
I wouldn't recommend medication/tranquilizers as a first recourse because of the many known side effects though it sounds as if you had a good experience. Petco/Petsmart and others (as well as many Health Food stores) usually stock Bach's Pet Rescue Remedy which is an all-natural tranquilizer that works for most pets without potential side effect issues. It's best to try it out before the trip to test it's dosage and effectiveness, though if it doesn't achieve the desired effect (calm/sedate) it's best to see your vet and get a mild tranquilizer instead of risking what may happen otherwise.

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Old 11-19-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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On the subject of tranqs for anxious pets, request extra doses from your vet so you can give some to the pet before the trip to see how they will react. The one I gave my cat was a very low dose and very safe. Made him groggy and a little "drunk" but still awake.
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