What You Need to Know about Pet Shipping
You want your precious pet to travel safely, whether the final destination is another city, state, or country. Count on pet relocation service from Action Pet Express in Greater Washington, DC, area. Owner Jerry Mishler has been shipping pets around the globe for more than 45 years. He offers you expert advice on shipping specifics, as well as words of warning about companies that do not have your best interests at heart.
Save Money by Avoiding Third-Party Shippers
Watch out for third-party shippers who seek to pad the rates and boost the costs of pet shipping. For example, the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) often gives expensive quotes for international pet shipping. When customers come to this company, Jerry advises you to ship your pet to Washington Dulles International Airport and ask him to take it from there. He puts your pet on a Lufthansa flight and provides you with an itemized receipt. Count on fair and affordable pricing that saves you thousands of dollars on international pet relocation.
He points out another concern. Delta Air Lines only ships pets as cargo. This is a way to charge more money for pet relocation. The airline also only accepts international bookings from IPATA, which only serves as a means to increase profits. Instead of relying on companies that overcharge, turn to an experienced and honest pet shipper.
Shipping Requirements & Costs for Kennels
Keep your pet safe while on the road or in the air with a proper kennel. This company cares about the safety of your pet and for that reason, Jerry does not accept kennels NOT held together by nuts and bolts. Kennels must have solid tops with no doors or openings on top. For international travel, ventilation on all 4 sides of a kennel is essential for your pet’s well-being, as are bowls for food and water that are attached to the inside of the door.
When understanding shipping costs, you must be ready to answer questions about the size and weight of your pet and the travel kennel. The volume of the kennel is what determines the charge, and the weight of the pet and the shipping container factor into the total cost.
How to Properly Measure A Pet For Their Pet Travel Carrier
Stand pet on all fours, Head as high in air as possible, nose forward (you might need to gently force head up and back). Measure from highest point on top of head, tip of ears if ears stand up, to the floor. ADD at least two (2) plus inches, to arrive at kennel height required.
For length: with head extended straight out from body, measure from tip of nose to base of tail. Add: 3″ to arrive at kennel length size required. These may NOT be natural positions for a pet, but, this is what the airlines will
look for to make their decision as to kennel acceptance.
For domestic shipments, usually ventilation is NOT required on the rear portion of shipping kennel. We strongly advise to have ventilation on ALL four sides. It is required for international shipments.
With ALL Brachycephalic breeds, we INSIST on additional ventilation holes placed on both sides, and the rear, of the kennel, being placed all around on the upper portions of the lower portion of the kennel…… We carry a drill for this purpose..
Feeding Prior to Travel
For most breeds of dogs and cats, do not feed anything for at least 10 hours before any kind of travel (This includes puppies).
For BRACHYCEPHALIC dogs and cats, do not feed for at least 15 to 18 hours before travel, and nothing during travel. You do not want to do anything that can contribute to vomiting or any other digestive problem. Choking on vomitus is a major problem! Some airlines will tell you that you must feed within 4 hours of travel. Do not listen. Just respond that you did comply with their feeding requests.
Water of course is always necessary. Always consider providing bottled water only during pet travel. Especially at the end of the journey, especially if in foreign lands, do not provide tap water.
Microchipping Recommended, Health Certificates Required
Here is some sound advice that pet owners should know before shipping their pet inside or outside of the country. It is recommended that your pet be microchipped before travel. Look for chips with ISO 11784 or 11785.
When your pet is flying internationally, it is essential that your veterinarian provide an APHIS 7001 international health certificate. It is best that this comes with an endorsement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Reach out to this pet relocation service for accurate information and fair pricing when relocating your cat or dog.
Contact Action Pet Express for helpful information on pet shipping.