We offer these pet transport tips, because it’s much different than you and I deciding to take a road trip.
We, are mentally prepared and know exactly what we’re in for.
Most pets, even the most experienced ” around town “ travelers, do not.
So we’re gonna go over a few things that be addressed for the safety AND comfort of your pet.
Some transports require a health certificate.
When your pet is flying as cargo
or into / from another country, this is required.
When traveling in a GROUP ground transport with us
a health certificate and vaccination record is required
to protect all on board.
If your pet isn’t accustomed to sleeping in a kennel
They need to be made familiar with it as long as possible before a trip
We understand some people see this as a cage, or some type of abuse
But this is a necessary step for your pets well being.
Our dogs love their kennels BTW, it’s their Happy Place.
Many people ignore this, and their pet pays the price.
Do not feed your dog within six hours of pick up.
Make sure they go potty at least twice before pickup.
This is crucial, and explained in greater detail below.
COLLAR OR HARNESS
Your dog needs to have a properly fitted collar or harness.
During potty or exercise breaks, they need to be secure.
We always double leash when outside of the vehicle.
But if the dog can slip out, it can lead to disaster.
You will need to send along just enough food for the trip, a small bag of treats, and a comfort item like a towel, small blanket or a familiar smelling shirt.
We will feed at regular intervals once everything is settled and your pet realizes every things OK. This is generally around the second potty or exercise.
If there any medications that need to be administered during your pets transport, this will need to be addressed during our initial discussion.
Feeding before the trip.
Even the most well traveled pets can and have become sick during the initial phase of the transport.
The initial nervousness of an unfamiliar place or people, combined with the movement of the vehicle can create the perfect storm.
And there’s nothing more miserable than getting sick with a full stomach, other than having to ride in it until we can safely pull over and clean up for them.
This is especially so when flying. Even during in cabin, the G Force of take offs, then the descent and bumpy landings have resulted in getting sick.
During a cargo transport, they’re sent to the “cargo” terminal by all airlines, and once here they are “cargo”.
Moved and loaded by forklifts around a large, loud warehouse, then onto the cargo area of the plane.
Then there’s still the take off and landing issues.
Is flying safe? Sure it is.
But so is a haunted house during Halloween.
And we want to take every action possible to make sure your pet feels as safe and secure as possible.
The kennel quandary
Even though some people think of this as putting their baby in a cage, a kennel is the safest place for your pet when traveling.
It’s basically the same a car seat for a kid.
Even though we’ve travelled hundreds of thousands of miles in all types of weather, we can’t control other drivers.
In the event of a hard stop or swerve, your pet is much safer in a kennel.
And if they’re taught that it’s their personal space and bed, they also feel much safer as well.
We offer our pet travel tips to try and give everyone a chance at a safe and happy dog shipping experience.
Most offered here are dog transport tips, and other pet moving guidelines can be covered during our initial discussions.
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