Travel By Road

Do you know how to deal with pet transportation rules and regulations?

The only other method of pet transportation is by car. Buses and trains no longer move pets. For interstate travel, or into a neighboring country like Canada, a health certificate is still required. Border crossings will definitely ask for it, although people are seldom stopped traveling between states. Still, it avoids many problems if by chance you are questioned. Since land travel may require quite a bit more time compared to flying, some additional requirements need to be considered.

  • Plan for frequent rest breaks to walk your dog every few hours. If your dog is used to riding in a vehicle, this travel will be more fun than stress. Stopping will not only give you a break, but also offer the opportunity for your pet to relieve itself and get a drink. 
  • Cats should be transported in a carrier unless they are used to and enjoy riding in a car. In addition to the danger of getting under a seat or your feet while driving, there is also the danger of escape as soon as the door is opened. A large enough carrier may even accommodate a small litter box. 
  • Plan your trip around hotels that accept pets. After a long day driving, the last thing you want is to be asked to leave or to find a kennel for your pet when it is not welcome at your hotel. Several books and Internet sites serve as guides for pet loving accommodations. 
  • Prepare for the unexpected – keep identification tags and licenses on your pet. In the event of an escape, the person finding the pet will have some idea of where to go. You may even want to make up a temporary tag with your destination address or a cell phone number on it. Micro chipping gives universal protection; attach the ID tag provided at the time to the pet’s collar. 
  • If your pet dislikes automobile travel, and tends to become car sick, talk to your veterinarian about using Dramamine or a similar product to control the nausea. Try to accustom your pet to car travel before the trip by taking short rides around the block or to a local store. Once your pet feels safe and realizes it can be fun, the nausea and anxiety should dissipate.

Planning and common sense can alleviate most of the problems encountered when traveling with your pet. Use a professional pet transportation service to relieve the inevitable stress it involves.

Airborne Animals LLC is currently limiting pet transportation arrangements to shipments containing birds, both in and out of the country. Other requests may not receive a response.