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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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10-hr road trip with senior GSD, hip dysplasia

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We rescued a 9-year old GSD earlier this year. I'm debating bringing her with us for a 10-hour road trip to visit my mom. I've looked at road-trip safety advice on this forum, but I was wondering if anyone has tips specifically for traveling with a senior dog.

She's got bad hip dysplasia and I'm worried about keeping her comfortable for the 10-hour ride. I can't imagine it would be easy on her joints, even with a dog bed in the car.

Just interested in ideas, pros and cons of taking a dog with hip dysplasia for 10-hours in the car (each way), vs keeping her in a kennel instead for a week?

thank you!
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she will be much happier with you for sure....being in a kennel - on cement is going to be much much harder on her physically than riding in the backseat/cargo area of a car!!! Not to mention mental stress....my dogs would much rather go anywhere, even in a crate in the back of the truck than be left home even....the minute I put shoes and socks on, they are dancing and running to the door...if I say "crate", they put down their heads and sigh, I kid you not! they go into crates in a state of dejection and sadness, I cannot imagine leaving them in a boarding kennel.

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I agree with Lee. She would much better to be with you then fretting her time away in a kennel. Yes, take the dog bed and also plan on breaks so she can work out any stiffness with a walk - that would also tire her out so she naps in the car. You may want to check with your vet on medication for any stiffness.


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 09:59 PM
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I've got an 11 year old. He doesn't have HD but he has arthritis in his hind end. He loves car rides and would be much happier with us than in a kennel.

If it were me I'd make a quick to the vet to see if they could give some extra pain meds just to make it easier.

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Not sure if she has trouble jumping in and out of the car, but if she does, maybe a pet ramp could help?


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!!

Thanks everyone for your thoughts! I feel a lot more comfortable now. I was worried that jostling her in the car might be awful compared to keeping her on "firm" land in a kennel. But of course I'd rather take her with me, and especially if I feel like it's not going to do any awful awful damage to her joints. Thank you everyone, and happy thanksgiving!

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