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Old 02-25-2017, 01:17 PM
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Moving cross country with an elderly dog, help?!?!

I have a dog, Buddy, he is 13 and has spondylosis and general arthritis. He is on tramadol and rimadyl. He seems pretty comfortable on this drug therapy. We are moving from Indy to Az and I am concerned about the trip. We know we have limited time with him moving or not He is eating/drinking wants to be as active as possible and interacts with us. My issue is I don't want this trip to break him and for him to be miserable during and when we arrive. I am going to talk to my vet to see if she thinks it will be ok if he have some muscle relaxers on hand as well as giving him a mild sedative during the trip( he doesn't travel well anymore). He had a flare up 6 weeks ago and it was about a week and half of being on the tramadol,rimadyl, and muscle relaxers before he was comfortable again. Again I'm just concerned I will put him through this move and he won't come back from it well or at all and obviously the only other option is to put him to sleep here. On the other hand I feel like if the vet thought he could handle the trip with some help from extra meds to keep him comfortable maybe he will do better in the dry,warm climate. We are making plans for when we get there in AZ and we are sad to think he won't get to come too but I don't want him to be miserable in pain either just so we are not sad. Any thoughts?? What do you guys think about him being in a dry, warm climate and that maybe he will do a lot better there? Sorry so long.....
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He could have two or maybe three good years left, and he may surprise you and do well on the trip and adjust to his new environment. My experience with dogs has been their stress is limited and alleviated by being with the people they know, love and are comfortable with.
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He could have two or maybe three good years left, and he may surprise you and do well on the trip and adjust to his new environment. My experience with dogs has been their stress is limited and alleviated by being with the people they know, love and are comfortable with.
This is what I am hoping If I could just get him there without too much stress I think he would do better there over all. We(I'm including Buddy) are all originally from AZ so it wouldn't be foreign to him.
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I totally agree with Laco. with lots of love and care during the trip I think he will be fine.
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Update :)

My old boy made it to AZ with no issues. We did give a small dose of sedative each day. He's happy to be back I think!

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Congrats on getting him through the trip. I'm not really surprised he made it so well. A dogs primary goal is to spend as much time with their people as possible. A mild sedative was a wise move to help him. From the pic, it looks like he is adjusting well.
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