Despite ground transportation still being a safe option for your pet’s travel during the winter months, it’s important to consider some safety tips before you schedule any services for your pet. Here at Animal Transportation Worldwide, your pet’s safety is our number one priority. Keep these safety tips in mind when scheduling ground transportation for your pet.
Get Ready for Travel Delays
Even if you order PetExpress or PetFirst Class with us, there may be weather delays that will slow down your pet’s transportation. If there are not any major problems with the weather, our drivers will be sure to deliver your pet at the scheduled time or earlier. Despite this, sometimes, emergencies do happen. If a storm is so severe that it leaves horrendous visibility, a drive may need to pull over to make sure both the transportation specialist and pets are safe. This may cause an inconvenience, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Be Aware of Your Pet’s Medical Issues
Since we are strict about pet safety during transportation, you will need to see a veterinarian to receive a health certificate for pet transport within ten days of the pet transport date. Please read our blog for more information on what you need.
It’s imperative to contact your veterinarian to make sure your pet can travel in cold weather conditions. Several illnesses, like Osteoarthritis, make walking in cold weather unbearable for dogs. Always take precautions during the cooler climate and if your dog is a short-hair breed, be aware that transporting them in cold weather may not be ideal. Our vans do have multiple heating systems for your dog to remain warm in cold weather, but it is still an added security measure to get an okay from a veterinarian.
Provide Extra Food during Travel
Our Transportation Specialists always keep Nutri-Cal on hand for pet emergencies. Nutri-Cal is a supplement for dogs when they need extra calories. If dogs are shivering outside in the cold, more calories are expended. Fur and fat help keep pets warm but smaller dogs may feel colder because of a decrease in fat. Transportation Specialists will take care of your pet if they see that they need an increase in calories during the trip.
Give Your Dog a Soft Bed
As transportation experts, we understand that some dogs need extra padding to be more comfortable during travel. Your pet can bring a dog or cat bed to make their car travel comfortable. The bed will only be removed if the dog has soiled it. Food and water are always available for your pet. So, if your pet has a warm snugly bed, they can take it along for the trip. It brings comfort for pets to have something that smells like their owner.
Scientists looked at the brains of 12 dogs and found that an owner’s scent sent a signal to the reward part of their brain. Just like people enjoy the scent of their family members or romantic partners, pets also love their family’s scent. Therefore, keep this in mind if you want superior comfort for your pet during travels.
Stay Safe these Winter Months
We hope you enjoyed these tips to keep your pet safe during the winter and remember to always take precautions to keep you and your family warm this winter.