What options you have when you need
to transport your animal.
Moving with Pets - Transportation
Generally, pets cannot be shipped on moving trucks as most moving companies don't provide pets-transportation services. However, there are companies who specialize in pets transportation.
If you are transporting the pet by plane, make reservations well in advance and follow airline instructions. To minimize the time your pet may be sitting outside the plane in rough weather conditions, try to book a direct flight.
Inquire about counter-to-counter service as some airlines provide this service so your pet will be carried on and off the plane by an airline employee. This service is a little more expensive but it may be worth it for your peace of mind.
Two weeks prior to the flight, obtain a shipping container and familiarize your pet with it by placing it in the container for a few minutes each day. Gradually lengthen the time until the pet seems to be at ease with it.
Feed the pet no less than five or six hours before flight time. Give the pet a drink of water no less than two hours before the flight. You can also check your pet store for electronic food and water dispenser. This device will release a measured amount of food and water in time increments, you can configure in advance.
Mark the container with names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons responsible for the pet at origin and destination and be sure to get to the freight terminal two hours in advance of the flight.
If you choose to transport your pet in your vehicle, you will have to help it get used to traveling by car:
Be sure to take all required equipment to accommodate your pet's travel:
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