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Old December 2nd, 2009, 07:46 PM
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What is the best way to transport a dog x the country?

We took Simba to Quebec and back (from Vancouver) on a westjet flight (he is 30lbs and had to go in the cargo). It was quite upsetting to him and his piddled in his crate (he has never done that, even at 9 weeks old), as well as panting like crazy. He wasn't himself for 2 days after. This was last summer.

Anyways, we are moving to Quebec in summer 2010 and he needs to come, obviously, do we do that again? I felt like a bad mother, I really did. We will have a newborn at the time (or I might still be 9 months along, I really don't know). It would be faster and easier to fly, but would it be better to do a drive? I dunno - I don't want to drive x Canada with a newborn (or worse, pop a baby out halfway!)

Any suggestions??? The move is not really negotiable as per my H's job.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 07:50 PM
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Depending on your baby situation, the train might be nice.
I am not sure if they allow dogs on the train, but could be an option.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 09:13 PM
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what is the best way to transport....

Could you give him a tranquilizer before the flight? There is a new airline that transports pets only however I am not sure if they operate in Canada.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:29 AM
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I would say to use a flight and give a tranquilizer first if the experience is distressing. Train would take days and I don't think animals are allowed loose, you would be lucky to get to do pee breaks at stops.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 04:49 PM
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You might want to check with your doctor and the airline first. Some airlines will not allow travel if you are that far along. If not, that would narrow your options. If they do allow it, check with your vet about the tranquilizer option as there can be issues caused based on the altitude.
Good luck whichever you decide and congratulations on the baby.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 05:42 PM
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with the pregnancy i would suggest flying.

i drove from northern ontario to nova scotia last summer with the dog in the front seat and cats in a crate in the back! the dog did awesome. that cats not so much. believe it or not one of the cats actually held going to the bathroom for the whole drive (which was over 24 hours straight driving). had lots of pit stops for the dog to pee and poo though.
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