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Moving Your Pet

June 17th, 2008 - 1:46 PM

Just in case you didn't know, U-Pack cannot move your pet. It's not because we don't love them; our trailers aren't climate controlled so it's not a safe environment for them. During the summer months the trailers can get very warm inside and during the winter months they can be very cold.  Not ideal conditions for your four-legged or winged companion.

Since there are a lot of details and preparations involved in moving pets, I don't recommend waiting until the last minute to plan how you're going to move them from one state to another. To keep things as stress-free as possible for your furry friend (or your scaly or feathered ones too) try to give yourself at least a month to organize how you're going to move him/her. 

When it comes to moving your pet(s) you normally have two options:

1.  Take your pet along with you in your car. 

If you choose this option, keep these things in mind.

  • Pack their favorite food – you might even pack extra "just in case".  It's probably not a good time to experiment with foods that your pet isn't used to.
  • Bring along a favorite toy. You may want to leave the "squeaky" toys behind -this could make the trip even longer than it already is.
  • Purchase a pet carrier that is large enough to keep your pet comfortable but not so big that you have to sit on the edge of the seat.  It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to let the little fellow sleep in it a few times before you confine him to it during the move. 
  • Bring water bottles so your pet will have plenty of fresh water to drink.
  • Check hotels in advance to locate the ones that allow pets.  Petswelcome.com is a website that lists all the hotels in the United States that will allow pets.
  • For more tips on traveling with your pet visit the Humane Society website.

2.  Move him/her by air transportation.

Did you know that over 2 million pets and other live animals are transported by air every year in the United States? You may wonder where they put them while in flight.  Well, if you own anything other than a small dog, most airlines prohibit them from riding in the cabin; however, most can ride in the cargo area. Yes, you have to check them as baggage or cargo. Contact your specific airline in advance to get their rules on pets in the cabin and requirements for their riding in the cargo.  

There are specific rules you must follow if you transport your pet via airplane:

  • Do not sedate your pet!  Reports show that the affects of the sedation and the high altitude do not work well together.
  • Make sure your pet has an I.D. tag that includes your name, address and phone number in case he gets misplaced. (Remember, your pet is moving with luggage.  It is not uncommon for luggage to get misplaced)
  • Your pet must be AT LEAST 8 weeks old and weaned for at least 5 days.
  • Have a licensed veterinarian inspect your pet within ten days of the travel date.
  • Try to schedule you pet for a non-stop flight and avoid the busy times around holidays.
  • Make reservations in advance.  Some airlines require immunizations before flying.
  • For more information on transporting your pet via air please visit The Federal Aviation Administration Website or Airline Travel Information for Your Pets

It's also a good idea to check with your local veterinarian for their recommendation on shipping your pet.  Doing your research ahead of time and being prepared will ensure happy tails!