How to transport your pets safely... the safest way to
transport a dog, cat or pet.
How to Transport
your Dog, Cat or Pet Safely
It's always best to use a trusted
Transport company when relocating, shipping or
transporting your loved ones. But if you choose to do it
yourself, follow these recommendations to keep
your companion safe on moving day.
Advance planning will make your move less stressful on you
and your pet. Pack over a period of time, and try to
maintain your pet's normal routine.
Invest in a high-quality, sturdy pet carrier. If you
have a dog or cat whom you want to keep safely confined on
moving day, get a carrier ahead of time and gradually
accustom your pet to spending time in it.
Purchase a new ID tag for your pet. As soon as you
know your new address, get a pet ID tag that includes your
new address and telephone number(s). (Or obtain some other
visible form of pet identification such as a collar with ID
information imprinted on it or an identification band that
attaches to the collar but does not dangle like a
traditional tag.) An up-to-date ID tag is a lost pet's
Keep your pet secure. On moving day, place your pet
(whether in the carrier or not) in a safe, quiet place, such
as the bathroom, so that he or she cannot escape. Place a
large sign on the door that says, DO NOT ENTER, and be sure
that friends and professional movers are aware that the room
Make your car trip safe. If you're traveling by car
and your dog enjoys car travel, you may want to accustom him
to a restraining harness. Because most cats aren't
comfortable traveling in cars, it's best (for their safety
as well as yours) to transport them in a well-ventilated and
securely placed carrier. Never leave pets alone in a parked
vehicle during warm weather as the temperature rises quickly
and can injure or kill them. In any season, a pet in a
parked vehicle is vulnerable to being harmed or stolen.
Never put an animal in the trunk of a car, the open bed of a
pickup truck, or the storage area of a moving van.
Talk to your veterinarian. If your pet doesn't enjoy
car rides, consult your veterinarian about behavior
modification or medication that might lessen the stress of
travel. Depending on your destination, your pet may also
need additional vaccinations, medications, and health
Find hotels in advance. Listings of animal-friendly
hotels will help you find overnight lodging during your
move. Our online information on Finding Animal-Friendly
Hotel Accommodations will point you toward some useful
resources and get your planning on track.
Plan ahead for air travel. Check with your
veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the
airline if your pet will be flying. Also be sure to check
out our online tips for traveling with your companion
animal. You will need to take precautions to ensure your
pet's safety, so give yourself ample time to work out all
Prepare your new home. Take with you all the familiar
and necessary things your pet will need from day one in your
new home: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, food
and water bowls, and health records. Also have on hand a
recent photo of your pet, for use if your pet becomes lost.
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Seeking the professional pet relocation service of Animal
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your pets on the ground or in the air.
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