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Old 03-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Is it safe to haul pets in your trailer?

I would normally never consider doing this, as I want my pets in my tow vehicle with me, but is it safe to haul them down the road a ways in a trailer, assuming they're in their carriers and not loose. I'm thinking of an hour at the most. I have two cats that might be happier not with my dogs, though they have their own crates, but it's more crowded. I'm worried about carbon monoxide poisoning. Anyone have experience with this? I have a 13 foot Burro. Thanks in advance.


ETA: As soon as I posted this, I knew I would never feel comfortable doing it. But still curious to hear what others do.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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I wouldn't leave my cat, Bobby in the trailer while it's moving....too much noise, creaking, squeaking, rattling for him. He'd have a heart attack. And it seems like no matter how secure I think I have everything, something could always come loose and go flying.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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I also wouldnt leave them in the trailer for the same reasons Noreen mention. Think it would scare them to death.
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I echo Noreen and Carols comments. Watch the Long Long Trailer and see what it did to Lucy. I know, just a movie but remember most of our trailers lack shocks and anywhere near the suspension our tow vehicles have.

Now there's always the trunk.... no no, I was just kidding. Raz
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:11 PM   #5
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Raz

Raz,

Take a real good look at your avatar.
YOUR PUP HAS STOPPED GRINNING!!!!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:31 PM   #6
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Raz,

Take a real good look at your avatar.
YOUR PUP HAS STOPPED GRINNING!!!!!
Yeah, and she owns the truck ........and the trailer...... and the house... and.......
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #7
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My dogs are wishing I would let the cats ride back there - LOL.

I agree it would scare them, but has anyone heard of carbon monoxide poisoning. Wouldn't that be a real concern?

And for those of you who think I'm mean to even consider it, you're right - it was a bad idea. I love my cats - in fact, they're both rescues!
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I knew you'd figure it out. The dogs and cats will, too, in the back seat of the tv.
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No, I didn't think you are mean......just desperate. Two dogs and two cats. I would be desperate too. What is your TV? I have a Ford Escape so with the back seats down, there is lots of room for my one cat in his carrier. He sleeps most of the time we are on the road. I have never seen evidence of carbon monoxide poisoning. Hopefully your vehicle is sound enough that there isn't any fumes leaking inside...for your sake as well.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:15 PM   #10
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No, my vehicle is safe for pets, it's the riding in the trailer I worry about carbon monoxide.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #11
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Marjorie,

I would not put my pets in the camper because the bouncing and noises, even at slow speeds, would frighten them tremendously. Also, if something should happen to the camper (collision, tire blow-out, fire, etc.) you won't be able to protect them.

Can you place a piece of cardboard or cloth between the dogs and cats crates in the TV? They may smell each other but they wouldn't be able to see each other.

Good luck.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:17 PM   #12
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It's the law in most areas that you cannot let a person ride in the trailer, so why would you think about letting a cherished pet ride there. Besides our cat used to hide under the seat and hyperventilate until we got to our arival point.

Whatever you do, don't let the cat out. No matter what it tells you.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:47 PM   #13
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NO, I'm not going to put them back there. My cats and dogs are actually quite compatible, I was just thinking for a short haul, like from one spot to another near by, but I know it's a bad idea. Would never do it for a real trip either.

Will add that the cats are used to traveling and ride well, actually sleep and are fine.
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I have the same thoughts as the others as to what if something fell on the carrier in the trailer, or the trailer broke loose, or someone smashed into it. No one mentioned how hot or cold it could get in the camper. Now if the weather cooperated and you wanted to put them in there while out to lunch and with windows open it was comfy inside I could see that, but going down the road, not a good idea. If hot out, I would think a trailer with windows open would be safer than a car with windows cracked open if stopped, but best thing to consider is would YOU want to be in there with them and if it is safe for you then it most likely is safe for them. Traveling down the road mine are in my car in crates so as not to get hurt, and we stop at drive throughs to eat so as not to leave them in the car alone while we eat.
If having a problem with anxiety in either cats or dogs, you can always get acepromazine from the veterinarian to give them while traveling.
I don't think carbon monxide would get into the trailer. Hunters do travel with their dogs in special trailers behind their trucks. Those trailers do have vented openings and the dogs seem to be just fine. We had a show hunter that traveled from Mn to Texas with his Labs in a trailer behind his truck. I remember my dad having a special trailer for his dogs years ago too. As for that part of your question, I think it is safe carbon monxide wise to keep pets in the camper. If hunters dogs travel behind the truck/car in another dog trailer I would think our campers would be safe.
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