Pet travel can be a stressful time not just for your pet, but for you as well. Relocation means serious planning. Here are some insightful tips to make your pet’s move go a little smoother.
1. Plan ahead. If you are traveling internationally, look into it 6-8 months in advance to ensure you have enough time to meet the country’s import requirements.
2. Research! Study the destination’s pet requirements whether it is domestic or international to ensure you are meeting all required regulations.
3. Prepare and finalize your bookings. Book your veterinarian appointments as early as possible to ensure your pet is seen accordingly and guarantee that your pet receives all the necessary treatments. Also, booking your pet’s flight ahead of time is essential in ensuring availability. You might also need to perform other bookings depending on the country (i.e. quarantine, USDA, etc.)
4. Buy an airline approved kennel a few weeks early. It is extremely important that you measure your pet’s height and length to ensure that they meet the necessary room clearance. They must have enough room to stand up and move around. Most airlines require a 4 inch clearance from the top of their head to the kennel’s roof.
5. Kennel training. Leave your kennel open in your living room, bedroom, or wherever your pet feels comfortable hanging out. This will allow them to familiarize themselves with the kennel and feel more comfortable getting inside the day of the move.
6. Move day! Arrive early! Domestic moves usually require that you check-in the pet 2-3 hours before the flight’s departure. International moves can be anywhere from 4-6 hours. So do your homework and ensure you get there on-time!
There are many other options you can choose from to assist with your pet’s move. Hiring a pet transportation company can be very helpful if your budget permits. 1-800-Pet-Taxi provides different packages starting from the mid $800’s to assist with your pet’s move. We are always more than happy to answer any questions if you’re planning/coordinating your own pet’s move.
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