When you are moving from one part of the country to another, sometimes, bringing your pets along is a major undertaking. For one, if your pet is a small breed, you might stash your pet in your purse. However, pets may get cranky sitting in a purse all day in the car. Large breeds may get anxious and agitated in a moving vehicle.
You may need to sedate a large breed dog and put him in a pet carrier in the back seat or in a cargo hold of an airplane or train. This could be dangerous for dogs which may throw up while unconscious and aspirate their vomit; sometimes the poor dogs wake up all alone in a cold and dark hold. You might consider long distance transportation for your pets.
Some drivers offering long distance transportation services for pets use their own car to drive your pets cross country and deliver them to your doorstep. Others insist that they drive your pets in your car. Whatever mode of transport you choose, there are things you need to know and do before you sign up for a long distance transportation service for your pet.
- Get a quote. To make a wise and cost-effective decision, you must know how much you will spend if you book long distance transport for your pet and compare it with the cost of traveling with your own pet in a plane or train. Ask about driver fees, ask for an estimate on fuel cost and toll way fees. Ask how much you will have to spend for the driver’s meals and accommodations if the drive lasts for a few days.
- Check the service and driver out. Make sure that you do a thorough checkof the transportation company and the driver. Check out their website, ask around and consult your vet for ideas as to how to transport your pet.
- Give thorough information. Make sure that you take a picture of your pet and include a description of your pet including weight and height so that the driver and the long distance transportation company can make the necessary arrangements for your pet. Dogs and cats need food, water and motion sickness medication prior to car trips. A dog will also need a collar and a leash. Sometimes, a pet carrier will give the dog some comfort; at other times meeting strangers and going for long drives make a dog cranky that he will need a muzzle.
- Make sure you get contact numbers. It is important that you give the driver your exact street address, your email address, your cell phone number and other ways to contact you by chat message, instant message or text message in case of emergencies. Make sure that you also know the driver’s cell phone number and email address. If your long distance driver has an account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, make sure you know it and ask that the driver post pictures of your pet as they progress on their long distance drive.
- Make sure your pet or the driver has GPS. You may want to purchase a collar for your pet with a GPS tracker just in case your pet breaks free from his carrier or gets loose from his leash. A GPS tracker will help you find your pet again. The driver from the transportation servicemay also have GPS in his car or on his cell phone – you can actually locate him and track his progress on the trip.
- Make sure you get a receipt for all fees you pay to the driver. You may want to give the driver some emergency money just in case your pet needs to see a vet en route. Make sure that the driver gives you a list of his expenses supported by receipts.
Some pets are not just pets they are irreplaceable members of the family. It might be impractical to travel with your pet when you are traveling with your children as well. For these occasions professional long distance transportation services for pets are your best alternative.