Sedating a cat for travel in a car

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Nothing is worse than staring at the favorite toy that lies static in the same place day after day.

The long and short of it is that dogs are so much like humans in that every being is distinctly different. The late comedian George Carlin once said, "Life is a series of dogs." He's so right on that one. Although Dog Lady advises against getting another "replacement" dog too soon after the death of a cherished pet, there is really no rule about it, as you gently point out.

They seemed to appear in the morning after sleeping.

My first thought was bed bugs or some other creepy crawlie and we did a sweep of our home and found nothing.

Dear Dog Lady, I've had a lot of dogs in my 58 years and sometimes I am confronted with the reality of having to put one down.

It has never been an easy decision and what works for me does not always work for anyone else.

-- Nancy A: You didn't say if your pug is antsy-pantsy in the car.

If so ā€“ and with the vet's approval ā€“ there is no harm in doling out half a sedative before the trip.

But she gave the pill and he slept peacefully, with nary a whimper of complaint.

Two common facts for all three cats ā€” one, they were leash trained, and two, they liked being around their owners. Kamvar, Bay Area DEAR JOAN: Iā€™m a former veterinary hospital owner and I have a few ideas to add to your excellent ones.

Please see the veterinarian in advance and discuss the car trip and length of each leg if multiple stops are involved.

Alta Toler, Bay Area DEAR JOAN: I have had two cats who loved riding in cars and my son has a cat who has traveled around the United States and to Korea.

For all three cats, they tolerated traveling in the car when they were on harnesses and were able to choose where to look.

Create a cozy nest with favorite blankets or a crate in the back of your vehicle so your pet will be as comfortable and protected as possible.

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