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Old 10-10-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Folks any issues while traveling with your pets in your Interstate. Plan on long term travel with both dogs (Lab and Chihuahua). A bit concerned about leaving them in the van in urban areas for short periods of time. Going to install a security system (probability Viper) into the van with an app for my smartphone to notify me ASAP of any irregularities. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am a retired law enforcement type and try to be aware of my surroundings. Removing that from the equation would like your input.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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I have found keeping the dogs in a crate during transit and when are out and about is a must. It keeps them from climbing on everything, and barking like crazy at people. I even keep them my trailer while we are traveling. Some folks have even built in their dog kennels into the cabinets.

. I have considered getting dog boxes for the back of the truck. I'm sure they would love that much better, but it just looks so redneck.. (But nothing wrong with that!). Just not my style..
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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Ventilation is key. Especially in hot temps. With the tip-out windows open, your MaxxAir fan running full blast, and a good-quality windshield sunshade, you should be able to keep the inside temperature about the same as the outside temp while parked (within about 5° in my experience), so you don't cook your animals if you have to leave them inside for a while. But if they bark when someone walks by, expect to be accused of animal abuse anyway because passersby will think your Interstate gets as hot inside as does a regular car.

Now if you could get an indoor/outdoor thermometer that will send the temps to your phone…
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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My biggest concern with leaving dogs alone in any vehicle (including RV's) is that there is a plan for keeping them cool during the warm months. The interior can reach fatal temperatures in a very short time.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:33 PM   #5
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Some parks have size limits others have bans on aggressive breads. Call ahead to make sure you will be welcome.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:24 AM   #6
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We travel with Lily for months at a time, leave her for brief periods in the Interstate in towns and cities without any problems.

She does bark if someone comes too close, or another dog goes by, but we figure that keeps people away. We have never had a security system, nor felt the need for one.

If it is hot, and we are out and about, we don't leave her inside at all unless we find shade....then open the windows and turn the ceiling vent on high, and she is fine for short periods.

If we can't find shade, we just don't leave her. If there is something we both want to see, we take turns, one of us staying in the rig.....running, with the AC on.

Having Lily these past three years has changed our travel some, but we do fine. She is a joy to us both, wouldn't be without her.


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Old 10-11-2013, 07:41 AM   #7
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Thanks to all for your input

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Old 10-11-2013, 08:53 AM   #8
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It's not an unusual situation anymore to see stories in our area of folks rescuing dogs from vehicles that are left unattended. Folks are pretty sensitive about the plight of overheated dogs and there are instances of smashed windows, local animal control, and police responding to calls from citizens seeing animals in vehicles on sunny warm days.

Typically in the Airstream we turn on the air conditioning if we are in the summer months and set the Fantastic fans as a backup in case we might have a power failure. Dog's almost universally sleep while we are gone. We carry crates and we keep them in their crates to prevent them from going to the windows and barking at campground activity. On the road, they travel in the van and we do not leave them unattended if stopping for gas, food, or bathroom breaks. One of us is always there with them.

So use caution here. My advice is to just not do it in your tow vehicle.

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We travel with two wire coat Doxies and when we run in for a quick bite while traveling we will either leave the generator running, if it is a really large parking lot, or leave the engine running if we will be less than an hour.
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We travel with two wire coat Doxies and when we run in for a quick bite while traveling we will either leave the generator running, if it is a really large parking lot, or leave the engine running if we will be less than an hour.
Size of the parking lot shouldn't matter. The generator will be a lot happier running under almost a full load with the rooftop a/c on than the engine will be running at idle with the dashboard a/c on. And since the built-in Onan generator only puts out about 70dB, it's not much louder than the diesel engine.
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There have already been several great comments to cover other areas, but one area I felt the need to point out as a consideration when traveling with pets.

Having show dogs, we travel a lot. One thing that we have found is to take bottled water. A change in water can upset a dogs stomach easily as the change in formulation etc. ( even going from say 'well water at home, to water with chlorine in it..)
We have a smaller 'deer-park' dispenser. Not only for our water, but also for their drinking water and preparation if any for their meals.

Also- carry with you their shot records. ( especially distemper etc and most rabies certificate and license. )
A canine first aid kit- including Benadryl ( regular formula tablets) as can be given if a snake bite until you can get to a vet to slow down the reaction of the bite. For snake bite- in general its 1mg per pound of body weight with max of 75mg.
Even dog 'boots' are helpful if in rocky terraine etc. Get the dog use to them prior to departure as always lots of praise and treats.

Have a full physical on your pets prior to departure just in case in hidden conditions are present.
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Lots of good suggestions, 28Argosy.

We have been asked this year, in the East, for copies of Lily's shot records....first time, ever, anywhere.

As to water, I would like to say it probably depends on the dog. Being a foundling, Lily was used to drinking and eating whatever her little self could find. She has a cast-iron stomach, very seldom upset by anything, including changes in her water.

She continues to drink from whatever is near, such as puddles, lakes, rivers, etc., and takes the heartworm pill that is also for bad things found in such waters. No problems.


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Just curious but who asked for shot records?
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A couple of campgrounds in Massachusetts and New York, I believe.

The NY campground said it was a state law that they see the records, but not all of these camogrounds required them. Others required dog owners to sign a statement that their pet was up to date.

We will keep a copy of the shot record with us after this, just to avoid the hassle. It was a hassle.


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