I am moving with Isabelle and our drive is 6 hours. I got a tranquilizer pill from my vet but I'm nervous about using it. Isabelle has only ever been in the car for about 20 minutes and she is NOT happy about it. She is very anxious, yowls, and has even started panting a bit one time (it was not hot in the car). So, I'm not sure if she would settle down after we got going or if it would be like that the whole way. ::o I'm just afraid that if I don't give her something before we go there will be no way I can medicate her on the road.
Has anyone used a non-prescription calming option?
Also, is a soft or hard carrier better for long trips like this? I have a hard one but it rattles from the metal front and sides (annoying to Isabelle and everyone in the car). I'd like to make her more comfortable, but then worry about safety if we happen to be in an accident.