Using a professional pet transportation service takes a lot of stress off of you and your pet. Still, there are some things that you can do ahead of time to make the experience easier for your dog, cat, or other animal. Follow these tips to make life a little easier for your furry friend.
Get Your Pet Used to a Travel Crate
About a month before the flight, start introducing your pet to a travel crate. Find one that's appropriately sized. If it's too small, then your pet might feel trapped and scared. If it's too big, then your pet could have too much room to make mischief or get hurt.
Start easy by letting your pet inspect the crate on her own. Put a treat inside so she'll go inside briefly.
After a few days, extend the period that she spends in the crate. Try closing the gate and leaving her in for five or ten minutes at first. As you grow closer to the pet transportation date, increase the time that she spends in the crate. It's best if she can stay in the crate for several hours, or overnight, without feeling scared.
Make Sure Your Pet is Healthy Enough for the Trip
A couple weeks before traveling, take your pet to the vet for a checkup. Ask the vet whether he thinks she's healthy enough for long travel. While you're there, get copies of her medical records and vaccination records. This will make it easier for her new vet once you get settled in at your new home.
You should also have a chip implanted. That way, it's easy to return her to you if she gets misplaced during the transportation. It doesn't happen often, but you should always prepare for the worst just to be safe.
Preparing for the Relocation
The night before the transportation, feed your pet a carb-heavy dinner that will make her nice and sleepy.
In the morning, take her for a long walk to work off any excess energy.
When it's time to drop her off with the pet transporter, make sure you have her favorite toys and a comfortable blanket. You might even want to include a t-shirt that smells like you. Many animals find that comforting when separated from their people.
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