Transportation, Pet Travel and Pet Shipping Across the
States and Overseas requires
special care. There are many destinations that have implemented programs of rabies control
whereby pet owners have an alternative to the traditional
long-term (6 month) quarantine. By meeting prescribed
criteria of pre-entry veterinary requirements quarantine
periods can be reduced to a minimum of 1 month.
Here at Animal
Transporters, We work with airlines and specialize in helping pet owners meet the
strict requirements of these pet transportation and import programs. We have been
in this business for many years and our policy of
"zero-tolerance for error" has contributed to our success,
and earned us an excellent reputation.
Transporting and/ or Relocating dog, cats and most pets from the US to
Foreign Countries and state to state is a complicated process and
requires specialized knowledge of import and export
documentation, veterinary procedures, timing, airline
policies, pet travel crate requirements, quarantine,
boarding accommodation, and proper animal identification.
professional assistance to pet owners, breeders, and their
veterinarians to make this process as seamless and
stress-free as possible. We can provide a complete
"door-to-door" service to ensure that your pet makes it to
your new home without any problems.
We adhere to
the rules and regulations of the Live Animal Regulations of
the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).
also registered with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as
an Intermediate Handler, with the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) as an Indirect Air Carrier and we
adhere to the USDA's Animal Welfare Act in all phases of our
operation. We are also
members of the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation
Association International (IPATA).
If you want to ship or transport your pet from state to state or
across the country by yourself, here are a few
things you need to know:
1. Contact your airline for requirements and restrictions
for transporting dogs by plane. American Airlines, for
example, has restrictions prohibiting the "snub-nose" breeds
such as pugs, Boston terriers, and boxers, which might have
trouble breathing at high altitudes or in fluctuating
temperatures. And there are a limited number of spaces on a
plane for animals.
2. Check the calendar. For airlines that ship pets in the
cargo area, traveling in high heat
can be extremely dangerous for your dog. This is why Delta
Airlines has a standing embargo on pets traveling as checked
baggage from May 15 to September 15. Even if your airline
allows pets as cargo during the hot summer months, it's not
in your pet's best interest.
3. Book your pet's flight as far in advance as possible to
ensure that he can travel within the time frame you need.
4. Visit the vet. According to the American Kennel Club, or
AKC, "Certification of health must be provided no more than
10 days before travel. Rabies and vaccination certificates
are also required."
5. Walk your pet before traveling to the airport and before
checking him into the flight's cargo. To avoid accidents and
keep your dog comfortable, limit food and water intake
before the flight.
6. Arrange for quick pickup at the destination so your dog
spends as little time as possible in the cargo holding area
Tips, Warnings and more important info regarding
Travel, Transportation, Relocation and Pet Shipping:
Ship your pet in a sturdy, plastic pet carrier with
adequate ventilation and a secure mechanism for latching
the door to prevent escapes. Your carrier should be
large enough for your dog to stand up, lie down and turn
around. Mark it with "LIVE ANIMAL," arrows indicating
which side is up, your dog's name and your complete
If you're flying, your small dog can fly in the cabin
with you as carry-on luggage on many airlines. Check the
specific airline for requirements on carrier
specifications and dimensions. Most providers require
the carrier to fit under the seat in front of you.
Do not ship your dog wearing a muzzle. This can be a
suffocation or choking hazard.
Remove your pet's leash from inside the crate; it can
pose a choking hazard.
For dogs with special needs or health problems, travel by
car is generally safest.
Please visit our
Frequently Asked Questions Page for more info regarding
our Expert Pet Travel and Transportation Service.
Let our experience work for you -
us here for your next pet transport, transportation or
relocation. We encourage you to email us with any questions
you may have regarding any aspect of our services and how we
may better meet your individual pet shipping needs.
We specialize in stress-free pet transport & travel services!
Seeking the professional pet, dog and cat relocation service of Animal
Transporters will assure you peace of mind when transporting
your pets on the ground or in the air.
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