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Old 08-24-2007, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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We are taking 2 SUV (one with 2 dogs, the other with 2 dogs & 2 cats in cage). We will be moving and it will take about 16 hours to get to our new home.

Does anyone have any tips on how to make keep everyone happy in the cars. I know cats, especially, can get stressed and I don't want them to get sick. One of my dogs used to get car sick - got over that, but now shivers when has to go into car - just doesn't like it.

Thanks everyone. This is the first time we've done this.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Feed everyone when you've stopped for the day that way you can hopefully avoid any of them getting car sick.

Make certain they drink an ample amount of water to stay hydrated.

With the one dog who seems to not enjoy car rides, talk to your vet about using Benedryl, it helps to take the edge off and it's not as strong as a prescribed tranquilizer.

I'm going to imagine that there are kitty downers that you can talk to your vet about. You can also keep a light sheet over their crates to block the view that might make them feel ill.

Get new tags made for everyone that either have your cell phone numbers on them or numbers of a relative or trusted friend in the event that someone gets away from you.
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:37 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Rescue Remedy at Petsmart is my standby.....it is herbal and just sort of mellows them out. Any toys they love...stop frequently and let them stretch even though it stretches out your trip.

My son and I drove 2 minivans full of 6 Rottweilers and a mutt from Houston to Little Rock last summer, a little over 12 hours....all night long....but everyone did fine and settled in. I agree with cleosmom...a sheet over the crates works wonders. If you feel you need to confine the dogs to keep them from helping you drive and don't feel you can crate them, get one of those metal screens at Petsmart, too. Then even if they get all rambunctious, you're in no danger of losing control of the car.

Happy traveling!
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Old 08-25-2007, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Thanks for the idea of the sheet over the crate for the cats.
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