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hi everyone. ive been around dog forums for ages (as logo or pepsia) but quit a few years ago. ive made a brief return to pick your lovely reservoirs of knowledge for roadtrip/moving advice.

suggestions or sage words of advice?

logan is a male, neutered, 6 y/o perfectly ridgeless ridgeback with excellent manners and a serious penchant for food. ~ 95 lbs. we are traveling from Chicago to California in 4 days, a permanent move. we are not taking a crate.

we are going to do all the normal humane things, have water/food, stop every 4 hours, walk the dog, poo/pee, feed him, make sure he is in good health. we are super awesome amazingly responsible trustworthy dog owners. he wont be left in the car alone or any nonsense. mainly im asking about suggestions of things to bring that would not normally spring to mind.

thoughts...

ive heard drinking water changes can cause digestive upset. anyone have any validation for this? should i bring lots of bottled water?

rest areas... ive heard dog people say to stay far away from rest areas altogether. opinions?

recommended items for a doggy first aid kit? recommended hotel chains? any all suggestions will be tremendously appreciated.

take care everyone, love your pets.xx
 

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We drive from Wisconsin to Texas and vise versa all the time, with our Yellow Lab. He is wonderful in the car. He gets the whole back seat(we ordered the hammock thing from the foster and smith website, and it is amazing-no falling off the seats). We've tried bringing bones and kongs, but he doesn't want anything to do with them, he just wants to look out the window. My vet said you can give them Benadryl, but it doesn't work for my dogs, so we just don't give him anything. And we always stop at rest stops. I think it gives the dog more to smell and investigate. We drive straight through, so I'm not sure about the hotel thing. We always bring his records just in case something happens to the truck-you get in an accident and need to stay somewhere for the night, you have his records for the hotel. As for the water, we fill up an old milk carton, and when we stop we let him drink water, but he usually doesn't.
Have fun!! I love road trips with dogs.
 

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I've taken dogs for extended trips through Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize twice, through Canada to Alaska once, across the US lots of time, hitchhiked across twice. Never even gave it a second thought.

I guess that if your dog is sensitive you could bring water.

Are you worried about disease at rest areas? Theft? Most of them have restricted areas for dogs.

We stopped a lot where the could run around, swim, not hard to find a place in rural areas.

Mike
 
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