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.....