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Transporting dog in a van

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Alexey, May 25, 2017.


  1. Alexey

    Alexey PetForums Newbie

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    Good afternoon!
    Soon we are moving to the Uk from Spain. Decided to do so by renting a van. However i have a question:
    Is it possible to transport dog in a van? Something like Ford Transit. Obviously, I can put a cage in the cargo area, but is there ventilation? Or dog will be alright if we just stop every few hours to let him out??
    Has anyone had any experience?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. FeelTheBern

    FeelTheBern They don't like it up 'em, sir!

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    Of course it's possible to transport a dog in a van. You could house the dog in a crate during the journey, but remember you will have to make frequent stops to allow him to get some air.
     
  3. Alexey

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    Obviously, but its quite hot in Spain now, and cargo area is sealed, i would imagine it gets hot in there, no?
     
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    You could get a fan to fix in the cargo area. Are you driving all the way, not using the ferry ?
     
  5. FeelTheBern

    FeelTheBern They don't like it up 'em, sir!

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    Most vans have air conditioning and/or a ventilation system.
     
  6. kimthecat

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    make sure you hire a van with air conditioning. it is very easy for dogs to get heat stroke .
     
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    FeelTheBern They don't like it up 'em, sir!

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    You could also look at hiring a passenger van such as a Transit Connect or Tourneo Connect. If you get a passenger variant, the vehicle will have rear windows that will allow you to get more air to the dog.
     
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  8. Alexey

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    We were going to, but bcs ferry takes 20-24 hours to get from Spain to the uk, u have to get pet friendly cabin and they all seem to be booked up:(
     
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    Don't some have kennels on board , where you can visit your dog and excercise it ?
     
  10. Alexey

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    From what i understood, there is an exercise area for pets, but u have to have pet freindly cabin, which are in limited quantity
     
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    What sort of van, can you access the cargo area from the front?
     
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    Don't hire a van with a solid bulkhead between you & the cargo space, the Air Con only works in the passenger/driver compartment.... you'll be lovely & cool but the dog could be roasting!
     
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    That what worries me, but if I get a people carrier, then there is no place for cargo...
     
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    In most people carriers the rear seats fold down leaving space for a dog crate.
     
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    If you get a passenger Transit Connect, for example, it has as much room up back as the regular Transit Connect if you remove/fold the seats.
     
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    Hire a car as well and drop the car off at euro tunnel and transfer to van for crossing. If long journey from Kent to your destination rent another car UK side. We've driven the route many times and it's a easy drive and quicker than the ferry.
     
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