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Choosing the Right Pet Transport Service: A Complete Guide

85 million American families have at least one pet in their household. And considering 35.5 million Americans move every year, you can bet a decent number of them are relocating with some furry friends.

Are you one of these animal lovers and are moving soon? Then you may be wondering about the best pet relocation services.

Below, we’ll describe the different types of pet transport services and which one’s right for your situation.

Air Pet Transport

With this type of pet transport service, your pet will go on an airplane with a nanny to reach your final destination. The animal shipping company (such as Blue Collar Pet Transport) will make sure Fido gets from point A to point B with as little stress as possible.

Let’s see what some pros and cons of this pet transport service are.


Arguably, the biggest pro to choosing air pet transport is the fact that this is the quickest way for your pet to reach your destination. If you’re in a time crunch and need to have your pet by your side pronto, then this can be one of the best pet shipping services to choose from.

Also, you might be in a situation where your lease has already ended and you’ve sent all your belongings to your new place. But you need to stay behind for a little bit to tie up some loose ends before you can make it out to your new home.

If the hotel you’re staying at doesn’t allow pets and you don’t have any family or friends who can take care of your pet, then an air pet transport can be ideal. You’ll have a reliable nanny travel with them to ensure they reach someone else you trust on the other side.

Also, you’ll get peace of mind knowing your beloved pet isn’t crammed into the cargo area of a plane. Considering in 2016, 26 animals died in transit on planes while they were in cargo holds, it’s best to pay a little extra for the safety and comfort of Fido.


The downside to air pet transport is not all animals can use this method. For example, the weight limit is 20 pounds.

So if you have a dog (or even a cat!) that’s bigger than this, unfortunately, you won’t have this option available to you. You’ll have to consider one of the other services on this list.

Ground Pet Transport

Ground pet transport is where the pet shipping company picks up your pet while on their scheduled route. This means Fido may be sharing a ride with other animals. Think of it as kind of like an Uber for pets!

Find out the pros and cons of this pet transport method below.


If you’re working with a tight budget, then this is the most affordable pet transport service that’s available to you. This means you’ll be able to get your pet to your destination without breaking the bank. Considering a move is already pretty costly, this can come as a huge relief.


While this may be the most cost-effective pet transport option, it does come with its caveats.

For one, you don’t have the flexibility that the other services offer. If there’s a specific time you need to get your furry friend to your destination, then ground pet transport might not work out for you. This is because the company not only operates during specific hours, but also they’ll have to make multiple stops to pick up other pets on the way.

Also, if they don’t get along well with other animals, then this method might be an issue, especially if it’s a long trip. For pets that don’t do well with anxiety and/or stress, they may fare better with the other methods on this list.

Private Pet Transport

Do you want to make sure your furry friend is properly pampered and treated like royalty while in transport? Then consider getting private pet transport.

With this service, they’ll be the only animal under the driving team’s care. Want to find out more? Then keep reading.


When you choose this transportation method, it’s a guarantee the company will spoil your pet. They’ll have loving and caring people looking after them, as well as plenty of on-board amenities.

Fido will get to go on breaks where they’ll get 30-minute walks, as well as whatever else your requests may be. And for your peace of mind, the team will send you pictures whenever you want. You can even download an app to track their location in real-time.

Another pro of private pet transport is the company will work around your schedule, not theirs. Plus, your pets are never kenneled; they’ll always be safe and comfortable.

Private pet transport is optimal for larger and older animals, as they won’t be as stressed out as they would be in a car full of other animals. It can be the best option if your beloved pet suffers from health issues and is frail.


The main con of this transport method is it’s pricier than the others. However, if you have disposable income to spend on pet relocation services, then you should definitely use this one, as your pet will get completely pampered and doted on.

Choose the Best Pet Transport Service for Your Furry Friend

As you can see, there are 3 ways to transport your furry friend: air, ground, and private. The optimal pet transport service for your pet will depend on your personal situation; there’s no single best choice.

So take the above information and advice into consideration the next time you travel with your pet. Depending on your needs and budget, Blue Collar Pet Transport is sure to have the solution that fits your situation best.

Are you traveling with your pet soon and need a reliable pet relocation company? Then book with us now!

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