Your pet is part of the family, but sometimes it’s a challenge to travel with them. Whether you’re going on an extended vacation or you’re moving, it can be dangerous and stressful bringing them with you.
That’s where pet transport services come in. The pet transport industry has been safely bringing your pets to where you’re going, without the dangers that come with flying on commercial airlines.
If you’re thinking of flying your pet with a pet transport service but you’re unsure of how it works, keep reading our page to learn more.
What Is a Pet Transport Service?
A pet transport service is just what it sounds like, a service that focuses on safely bringing your pet where they need to go. Some services offer transportation by car, plane, private jet, train, and even ship.
Some of these services are called pet relocation services since they also serve clients who are moving.
Benefits of Using Pet Transport Services
You might be wondering why you should utilize a pet transport service when you could use one of the many airlines that fly pets. We’ve made a list of some reasons why pet transport services are better for your pet’s well-being and safety.
We Prioritize Your Pet
Commercial airlines treat your pets like cargo, but we treat them like family. Your pet won’t be stored alone with the baggage during their flight with us; their crate will stay at our feet or in our laps the whole journey. You don’t have to worry about losing your pet when we’re transporting them.
We’ll also follow any care instructions that you send with them, so you don’t have to worry about missed meals or medications.
No Extreme Conditions
Animals that travel on commercial airlines often get stuck with the cargo, which is not a comfortable place. While most airlines have weather guidelines that they have to follow when they’re flying with animals, those conditions can still be extreme.
Since your pets won’t leave our care, you don’t need to worry about extreme weather conditions that would cause heatstroke or hypothermia.
Once we leave with your pet and start the journey, you’ll still hear from us. We’ll send regular pictures and updates to give you the peace of mind that your pet is doing fine. Your pets will be offered the best care so they feel right at home even when they’re away from home.
Pets Who Shouldn’t Fly
Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare, there are certain breeds of dogs and cats that shouldn’t fly.
Brachycephalic breeds of dogs and cats are at high risk when flying because they struggle to get enough oxygen when they’re stressed. If your pet has a flat face or a snub nose, they could be Brachycephalic.
While our pet transport services won’t refuse you, you should be aware of the risks and weigh the pros and cons before putting your pet on a plane. These pets may be better off by being transported by car or staying home with a pet sitter.
How to Prepare Your Pet for Flying
Flying is stressful for anyone, but especially for pets who have no idea what’s going on. We’ve made a list of some important measures that you can take to make this journey easier on them.
Visit Your Veterinarian
Before you can fly your pet anywhere, whether through a commercial airline or a pet transport service, you’ll need to visit your veterinarian.
Flying can be a stressful experience for your pets, so your veterinarian must confirm that they’re in good health and safe to fly. During your visit, you’ll need to obtain a pet health certification as proof that they’re healthy enough for travel.
If your pet is on any medication, make sure that you have enough or ask for a prescription refill to get you by while you’re away. If you’re moving, it may take some time to find a new veterinarian, so it’s good to have some extra medication for that situation too.
If you’re concerned about your pet’s anxiety during the trip, talk to their vet to see if they have any recommendations. Unless approved and prescribed by your veterinarian, do not sedate your pet before their flight!
Get a Proper Crate or Carrier
No matter who your pet is flying with, they’ll need to be in a secure crate or carrier for their journey. If you don’t already have something secure, you’ll want to get one before your flight and get your pet familiar with it.
Flying is stressful, but if your pet has a crate that they feel safe in, the process will be easier on them.
Equip Your Pet With a Collar That Fits and ID tags
Pets should always have a properly fitting collar and an up-to-date ID tag, whether they’re flying or not. Accidents happen anywhere and pets can get lost, and without a collar and tag, they may not make it back to you.
Collars should be snug so they stay on and don’t snag on anything, but shouldn’t be so tight that they cause your pet discomfort. ID tags should have your pet’s name and your current contact information, such as a phone number or even an address.
Bring Comfort Items
You are your pet’s whole world, and they’re going to be less stressed if they feel like you’re around. Before crating your pet and having them transported, consider putting a few extra things in their carrier so they’re reminded of home.
We’ve made a list below of some things that you could include to help them feel more comfortable.
- A favorite toy
- A shirt that smells like you
- A pillowcase from home
- Their bed (if it fits)
- A familiar blanket
If your dog is destructive or prone to eating foreign objects, try to avoid giving them anything that they could eat. Also, don’t put anything that can’t be replaced in a crate with them; sometimes anxious pets will have accidents, which may ruin your item.
Fly Safely and Confidently
Despite what many people believe, there are more options than leaving your pet at home and trying to work around a commercial airline’s pet policy. Pet transport services are the safest and most efficient way to get your pet to where they need to go.
No matter your reasoning, if you’re looking for a way to safely fly your pet, look into our pet transport services. We’ll treat your pets like our own family, not like cargo.