When you are moving across the state or across the country there are a lot of details to manage.  Transporting your pets can sometimes pose a problem.  If you are thinking about flying then your furry friend may be relegated to the cargo hold.  If you want to have them in the cabin with you, you need to realize that you will need to book this service well in advance because there is limited space.  This only works if your pet is in a carrier that will fit under the seat.  All this is predicated on whether or not the airline even allows pets.

Using a Pet Transportation Service

Relocating can be both an exciting time in your life and a hassle to do. There are so many things to think about; from choosing the right moving company to making sure that you have everything packed and ready to go. And if you have pets, that’s another thing you have to think about. Obviously, all pet owners want to ensure that their pet travels in the most comfortable way possible, causing them the least amount of stress. So deciding between travelling together with you or have them transported by ground or by air becomes a serious consideration. Both have its own pros and cons, of course, but ultimately the deciding factor typically becomes the cost. How much does it cost to ship a pet by air? How much does it cost to transport a pet by ground? These are just a couple of questions pet owners ask. In this blog, Pet Van Lines lists down some of the things you have to consider when it comes to the cost of transporting your pets.

Moving Distance Impacts Cost

When it comes to calculating the cost of pet transport, the distance of your move is significant. The cost of transporting a pet to a new location is influenced by a number of factors. A small pet will cost just over $100 to ship via community transportation to a nearby location.

Costs Involved in Shipping a Pet

Transportation Fees

Transportation fares would account for a significant part of the total expenses. Airlines demand higher costs for live animals because they need more time and commitment while under their care. On-ground transportation services take into consideration gasoline prices, distance to travel and administration fees.

Travel Crate

If you’re transporting by air, a travel crate is needed if your dog is flying in the cabin with you or in the cargo hold. The travel crate must comply with airline, business and government regulations.

Boarding and Comfort Stop Fees

It might be appropriate to arrange a comfort stop between transportation or if your dog’s flight has a layover. Before the next leg of the trip, your pet can be taken out of the travel box, spread their legs, go potty, and receive some affection and care at a comfort stop.

Veterinary Visit

Transporting internationally? Depending on the destination, the pet can require veterinary visits to ensure that their health satisfies the import criteria. Rabies vaccines, blood checks and wellness certificates are examples of veterinary treatments that could be needed. Local ground transportation services might also require this of you.

Import Permit

Before arriving in certain countries, the pet must have received a pre-approved Import Permit. Most applications can be submitted online, but do note that these licenses can be very expensive.

Traveling by Ground or Air? It Matters

Can you fly a pet by itself? Certainly. For air travel, depending on the size of your dog, you’ll have to pay for it as a carry-on or cargo while flying. Air travel is a common alternative, despite the fact that it is more costly than ground travel. You’ll need to designate people from both sides to make sure your pet is dropped off and picked up according to the airline’s instructions. When transporting pets on the ground, it’s important to consider your mode of transportation. When compared to air travel, you have a greater chance of saving money on pet land transportation. Some companies offer shared pet transportation services, where your fur baby can travel with other pets.

We Ship your Pets Safe and Sound

For all of the factors to remember, it’s wise to begin arranging your pet’s transportation as early as possible, as the costs can be notable. In Pet Van Lines, we offer different, customizable services to transport your pet, regardless if it’s across the state or across the country. For personalized travel itinerary and quotation, contact one of our knowledgeable Pet Travel Consultants.  

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