Tips for Transporting a Dog

Shipping can be a challenging experience for you and your dog. Sometimes you cannot avoid it. If you are planning to ship a dog, there are different steps to take before and during the trip to ensure your dog is comfortable and safe as possible. Various boxes can be used to ship a dog. You can try these if you have a van. It is vital that you start planning for the dog’s trip in advance. This is necessary to ensure you have a successful journey.

Transport Options

dog on a vehicle windowThe common methods of shipping a dog are by automobile and by air. The method to choose is dependent on the length of the journey, timing, size of the dog and even its variety. Also, you have to consider the amount of money you have. Remember that you are prohibited from shipping animals as cargo on the commercial airplanes.

Check the Laws

Some regions strictly regulate the importation of pets. Thus, it is a good idea to check the laws first. Also, you need to get the necessary health permits and documentation you require. It is advisable to understand quarantine rules that apply upon your dog’s arrival.

Hire Transport Agency

Nowadays, various agencies across the world facilitate and provide transportation for the pet, by air, or by land. Taking into account the complexities involved, it is a good idea to work with a reputable company. You can find listings for road and air pet transportation companies.

Dog’s Size

transporting dogs in a carUsually, on commercial airlines, your dog can only ride in the cabin with you if it is small enough to travel in a carrier that fits under the seat. The specifications can vary from one airline to another. However, there is a maximum space allowed. If your dog does not fit under the seat, then you may have to use a cargo plane. It is a good idea to find out the available space from the airline. The chartered private flights allow large dogs in the cabin. However, this is an expensive option.

Dog’s Health and Breed

You should consult your vet doctor before the trip to find out the dog’s breed or health and whether it requires special shipping considerations. Certain breeds such as chows, bulldogs, and pugs are at a higher risk from dangers of air travel as compared to other breeds.

Ernest Ashford