More about Pet Transportation.... (part 2)
Questions for Important Members of
The general pet transportation procedure may be understood by the
transferee but there are often concerns regarding the care
and safety of their beloved pets, rather than the logistics.
Most important is how clients feel about their pet's move.
It can be a foreign process to them filled with emotion and
concern. These sentiments and anxieties can lead to numerous
questions that a transportation specialist may be faced
Many myths surround pet safety and air
travel, which adds to anxieties that a transferee inevitably
has when they first start considering a pet move. Many of
the scary stories that circulate about pets flying are a
direct result of pet owners attempting to transport their
pets on their own. Because of the extensive knowledge needed
to work with the airlines, import and cargo procedures, etc,
it is usually better left to professionals. It also helps to
remind the transferee that they will be in experienced
hands... for professional pet transportation companies,
their duty is to ensure that every pet arrives safely.
The risk of extreme temperatures
affecting the pet's safety is one of the other significant
concerns among pet owners, many airlines will even embargo
pets during the winter and summer months. But most reputable
pet transportation companies work with airlines that have
programs in place to keep pets in climate-controlled areas
the entire duration of the flight. The pet is never exposed
to extreme weather and this allows companies to transport
pets all over the world year-round. Dogs escaping from or
getting hurt while in their crates is an example of why pet
shipping companies emphasize to clients that they crate
train their pet before the day of the flight. It is also
wise to contact the pet transportation company as soon as a
potential transferee mentions they might be transporting
their pet as the more time he can spend getting used to his
or her new crate, the more relaxed they will be on the day
of the flight.
There are 3 different ways a pet can
travel on an airline: with the owner in the passenger cabin,
as accompanied (or excess) luggage in the cargo hold, or as
manifest cargo (typically without the owner). Most owners
initially want to take their pets in the cabin, but
unfortunately due to air travel restrictions on weight and
size limits, as well as various government restrictions for
international imports, rarely does a pet qualify to fly in
the cabin. However, as long as care is taken in choosing the
correct airline service, the cargo hold where the pet will
travel is always pressurized and climate-controlled. This
means a transferee's pet will fly in comfort even when apart
from his owner.
While direct flights are ideal, direct
routing is not the only factor when choosing which airline
service a pet should travel on. Some airlines are not
adequately set up to take care of animals in the event that
there is a delay or emergency. "Pet friendly" airlines have
developed dedicated pet programs to care for their
four-legged travelers that keep them in climate control not
only while in the plane, but also while waiting to board.
These airlines also have kennel facilities at their main
hubs, where during layovers, all of the pets pet are checked
on, watered and if necessary, served meals.
Even with all of this careful
attention, there are still some pets that most pet transport
companies consider to be "at risk" when traveling. Older,
infirm dogs and cats can travel as there is no age limit,
but it is always best for the transferee to seriously
consider the amount of stress an elderly pet can endure.
High-anxiety pets also pose a risk for hyperventilation and
injury to themselves if they are not properly crate trained
and conditioned ahead of time. Snub-nosed dogs such as Pugs
and English bulldogs are at an elevated risk for traveling
due to their delicate respiratory systems which can become
impaired under high stress situations. The length of travel
and the pet's individual personality can add to the amount
of risk. Ultimately, it's left at the pet owner's discretion
to make a well informed decision after consulting with their
pet transport specialist and veterinarian.
Continue on to part 3....
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