|Barked: Wed Sep 12, '12 3:33pm PST |
|I have traveled all over the place with dogs, up to six at a time. We usually only do 600 - 700 miles a day, as I am usually the only driver. We only stop for pit stops when we the humans have to go OR eat. The dogs do great on that schedule, although, obviously, if ones gets fussy, I will stop then.
We normally stay in motels and have never had an issue finding a pet friendly one when we decide to get off the road.
When we stop the dogs are walked, fed and watered, then taken out for a longer walk. If I have younger dogs I will bring a folding crate for the motel as I can't relax if I am worried about the dog chewing something or peeing somewhere. I do use pee belts on the boys in the motels just to be safe.
I ALWAYS keep a buckle collar on each dog with my cell phone number on it as well as my vet's phone number. I do walk the dogs on slip collars because I am terrified about one slipping out of a collar while in an interstate rest area...my worst nightmare!!!!
Because I am neurotic, I also travel with a HUGE first aid kit for the dogs. I even get a starter dose of basic antibiotics from my vet, plus drugs for the obvious...diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and allergies. We also get a starter dose of steroids from the vet just in case and I also have a skin stapler, just in case. Yes, I HAVE had to use most of the stuff, including the stapler, while traveling!!!
One time while traveling from NH to Denver for a dog show we were able to lance an interdigital cyst on one Frenchie, start both antibiotics and steroids, and soak his foot three times a day in epsom salts. By the time we got to the show he was not even limping anymore and was fine. I DID call my vet before starting any of the drugs, however!!
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