Are you moving cross-country with your pet? Does long distance pet transport make you nervous? Read more to find out how to make the best of your move.
Long Distance Pet Transport Demystified
When you are faced with the prospect of making a move cross-country, many things come to your mind. One of the most common thoughts for pet-owners is, “how will I make sure my furry friend is safe and secure during the move?”
Rest assured that you are not alone and with the help of this articling you will see that it boils down to a few key considerations: general health, time and distance, and transportation method.
The overall health of your pet will be a key factor in deciding when and how to make the move with your pet.
For example, when it comes to dog transportation services, there are certain restrictions such as age, prior health conditions, and medicinal needs. If your pet needs to go potty every 30 minutes, has heart conditions related to stress (or otherwise), or needs medicine administered on a frequent basis, perhaps it is best to control all of those things on your own by transporting them in your vehicle under your watch.
If you have any doubts on the health of your pet, or are even considering moving cross-country with your pet, we recommend that you consult with a veterinarian prior to making decisions.
Time and Distance
The time of the year, and the distance you intend to travel might surprisingly play a large role in how you shape your pet transportation.
During the dead of winter or the heat of summer it is inadvisable to transport your pets by air. Many airlines have restrictions on the times of year they will transport your animals for their safety and security. The cargo-holds for pets are in less than ideal climate settings and can be dangerous if not done at the appropriate time. For a more detailed explanation, take a look at the International Pet and Animal Transportation Associations FAQ’s.
When you consider the distance you will be moving, consider how much longer it would feel for your pet. Flying is a good option for those animals that will be travelling long distances to their new homes.
If you intend to move to a closer location, consider contracting, or at least consulting with professional cat or dog transportation services to help take care of the logistical hurdles you may not be aware.
The transportation method you will use to make your move will be a huge consideration.
When looking at ground transportation you will want to take into account all of the above mentioned factors as well as price.
Pet ground transportation cross country will likely cost you less and allow you to know your pet is getting adequate exercise, food, and potty breaks. This comes at the expense of time spent travelling, though.
If looking at travelling by air you can expect to pay a fair bit more, encounter more logistical hurdles, and sacrifice some comfort for your pet. Pet transportation by air is usually done in the cargo-hold of an airplane, and can be uncomfortable and unfamiliar to your pet.
For a more detailed look at transportation methods check out this blog.
Making the Call
Hopefully, after reading the article above, you have gained enough knowledge to make an informed decision.
To summarize what you will need to consider are your pet’s overall health and well being, how long and how far you and/or your pet will be travelling, as well as do you want to choose pet ground transportation cross country or pet air transportation cross country.