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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-06-2014, 08:06
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Our menagerie runs to 4 dogs ranging from 1year to 13. All love to travel. One of our old dogs, who died aged 17, travelled right up until her last year. When we had the motorhome they rode on the fixed bed and when we stopped they lay on the dashboard, watching the world go by. Big dashboard small dogs.
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thanks everyone for your replies, it's helped a lot. we always took our dogs with us on holiday in the van. One of them, who was only 8' got cancer, but she still came as she seemed not too bad at the time. Halfway through the hols she had a massive internal bleed and had to be put to sleep. the vet in Rothbury was wonderful, and they kept her in their freezer until we went home and could collect her. So the worst happened and we coped with it. Was, just a bit worried that it would be too much for the current oldie and would precipitate something bad, but listening to your thoughts confirms that he would be OK. That's why we thought end of the year rather than summer.

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We take our two Jack Russells al over Europe, they can bark in several languages now.
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Have a great time
So long as the pooch is happy and content go for it.
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If your dog is fine with travel, then Europe should be no problem, especially if you use the tunnel.

Our present dog, adopted by us after he was abandoned outside a campsite in portugal, has gone thousands of miles with us since we took him in 18 months ago.

Our previous dog, a spaniel, had to be tranquillised before we could take her to Cornwall! It all depends on the dog. Some like travel, some don't. But if they do, the country makes no difference. Have fun.
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elderly dog abroad

Our 14 year old Gordon Setter is a seasoned traveller, and his last trip was to Sicily in March. He does suffer with the heat, but we douse him down when it's hot and he likes laying in the shade of the van in a breeze. If you don't have air cond, do you have a fan you could play on him ?
Also you say it's your first trip away with him, does he have a current rabies certificate and microchip ? IF NOT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BRING HIM BACK TO THE UK. See the requirements here:
https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
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I have a 7yo lab and she goes everywhere with me except in a moving van. She cannot see out the window so we may have to sort out a cage of some sort so that we can secure her in a seat and that may resolve the issue.
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Took Milo to get his rabies shot and microchip today, he wasn't happy about the size of the microchip needle! We intend to go to France in December for the winter, maybe in the south, although the list of diseases from ticks the vet gave us sounds horrendous, but he won't be wandering far, walks are more of an amble these days. This will be the first time we have been abroad in the van, and am really looking forward to it.

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Took Milo to get his rabies shot and microchip today, he wasn't happy about the size of the microchip needle! We intend to go to France in December for the winter, maybe in the south, although the list of diseases from ticks the vet gave us sounds horrendous, but he won't be wandering far, walks are more of an amble these days. This will be the first time we have been abroad in the van, and am really looking forward to it.

Lesley
Just make sure you get him a Scalibor collar before you leave and he will be fine.

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As has been said as long as he's with his pack he will be happy. We never think about it ,when we travel the dog (down to one now) goes with us.

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