Travel to NY from west coast with pets!

  1. Okay- so I got my assignment. I'm currently in Oregon and will be starting in Brooklyn, NY in early-mid Feb. Problem: I have a 16 lb dog and 2 cats. Question: What do you think is my best option of getting to NY with my furkids? Normally, I'd have no hesitation to just drive but seems like the weather through some of the states we'd (my friend agreed to accompany me, sweet girl) be driving through would be experiencing crazy snow weather.

    What do you all think??????
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  3. by   christie_0307
    I guess it would depend, how long the drive is and what other things you would want to do along the way. It is a very long drive I believe. Money in paying to take the plane with your babies might be hefty but worthwhile if you got the the dough. There is also the train too! Never took it but I always wanted to! VIA RAIL is the Canada one.. and the usa train you could google under USA RAIL I believe.
    good luck!
  4. by   suzanne4
    Biggest issue with thinking of flying is that the dog for sure would need to go below the cabin and most airlines have restictions when the temperature is too cold; or too warm in the summer. You usually can only take one cat in a carrier on the plane, and it will be too cold with the luggage down below for the other.

    Your only option is to be by car, nothing else.....you cannot take the pets on a train either.

    You may wish to reconsider the February start date and wait until at least April or so. Bad snow this year in the central US.
  5. by   Soup Turtle
    I would drive. Planes are super scary for pets and I've heard way too many horror stories to ever consider flying my pets unless I absolutely HAD to. In your car, at least you control the climate and can be sure your fur monsters are safe.
  6. by   tinderbox
    Well, I was able to give one of my cats to a friend, so now I am left with my sweet dog and 1 cat, both of whom I'm taking to New York. So my assignment is in Brooklyn and the agency will pay for parking. Now I'm thinking that I should drive there in the car that I have instead of selling my car before going to NY.
    I drive a Geo Metro hatchback. I could get new tires and get it all nicely checked out before I leave. Hmmm...... I think that this may be my best option. What do ya'll think?

    O and thank you for your previous replies!! :kiss
  7. by   aberrn
    I would certainly travel by car,taking long enough to sightsee on the way.Plus you will need it to explore outside of NYC.. I drove from Atlanta to Baltimore for an assignment taking my two dogs with me.55lb and 70lb. Plenty of motels take pets.Motel 6,Red Roof Inns,etc. I took an 8500 mile vacation road trip which included the PCH with my dogs..Are you from Oregon?[Which I LOVED] or on assignment?.How did you like working there?.
  8. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Boy do I remember my trip from NY to Florida with 2 cats...it wasn't easy, especially with one of them as she cried during much of the drive. My other guy was fine, he just slept.

    But there was no other option...I wouldn't dare travel via plane with them (I'd worry to much about them), and you can't bring animals on a train.

    Just grin and bear it. (usually dogs are better in cars than cats!).

    Kris
  9. by   Soup Turtle
    If your cat doesn't travel well, your vet might be able to prescribe something to relax him or her.
  10. by   tinderbox
    Okay well I've decided, and my decision is to fly with my cat and dog. I have thought about this ad nauseum don't feel that it's safe to drive across cross country, alone, especially through the midwest, in ice and snow. Anyway it seems that Continental airlines is pretty pet-friendly, according to other nurses who have flown with their pets, so I think that I will go with them.
  11. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Quote from tinderbox
    Okay- so I got my assignment. I'm currently in Oregon and will be starting in Brooklyn, NY in early-mid Feb. Problem: I have a 16 lb dog and 2 cats. Question: What do you think is my best option of getting to NY with my furkids? Normally, I'd have no hesitation to just drive but seems like the weather through some of the states we'd (my friend agreed to accompany me, sweet girl) be driving through would be experiencing crazy snow weather.

    What do you all think??????
    So which agency and hospital are you going to be working with, tinderbox?
  12. by   shortstuph0
    I drove from upstate NY to San Diego with 2 cats and they were great, no problems. But if needed my vet told me you can give your cat 1mg\lb of benadryl to help relax your cat. I didnt have to give my cats anything but just an FYI. I printed out a list of pet friendly hotels all along my trip just in case I needed to stop as well. It worked out great. Good Luck
  13. by   dani_girl
    Dramamine works really great too! Good luck however you get there!!
  14. by   nadia562007
    I have 2 cats I travel with all over the country. THey do very well in their carriers. I usually let them out in the bathroom of the hotel I will be staying at that night first to do their business. I find that Daphne usually gets a little too wise about the routine though. She has held me up a couple times in the hotel for a little longer then I would like in the morning. Both kitties settle right down after a few minutes on the road.

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