Pet Transport Disasters - And How to Avoid Them
Published on: June 30, 2016 | Author: Starwood Animal Transport
Sometimes it isn’t practical to take you pet with you when you travel. If you’ll be gone only a few days – for business or on holiday – you can board your pet or leave her at home with a sitter. You know she will be safe and well-cared-for. If your travel is a one-way move, however, things change. Carrying your pet with you may be even more impractical. She will need separate ground or air transport arrangements.
If she will be out of your hands, how can you assure she will still be safe and well-cared-for? Taking simple precautions will help you – and your pet – avoid potential transport problems.
What can go wrong?
As a doting pet parent, your definition of “disaster” could be the mere fact that your cat or dog will be anxious without you. She will be traveling with strangers, likely in a strange airplane. Of course you don’t want her to be upset. But the truth is, there are other more serious things that can go wrong. The vast majority of us have no contact with the negative side of the pet world, so we don’t think about issues such as pet theft. Or our beloved pooch getting lost or injured.
Nonetheless, occasionally true pet disaster stories make the rounds. Frankly, a much more likely disaster would be failure to acquire the documentation your pet will need to travel. If that happens, she won’t make her flight. Or she may be sent home or quarantined when she arrives at her destination. With proper planning, you needn’t worry about these things, either.
Hire someone you know you can trust: an accredited pet shipper.
It’s up to you to protect your pet, so do your homework. There are plenty of reliable, trustworthy pet transport companies, located in countries all around the world. They are members of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, or IPATA. IPATA is a trade association that holds members to the highest possible international standards for the care and movement of animals. Their members are people who take every pet’s safety and comfort to heart.
They are also experienced professionals who know how to move your pet from one location to another in the most efficient, least stressful way. Some IPATA members ship pets only via ground, others offer both ground and air transport options. In both the UK and the continental United States, we at Starwood offer both options.
Never choose any pet transport service without asking detailed questions and checking their references. A pretty, professional-looking website isn’t enough. How experienced is the company shipping pets from and to your specific cities? What services do they offer? (The more help they can give you, the less you’ll have to worry about planning your pet’s long-distance move.) How experienced are their people? Who are they? How are they are vetted and trained? Look for reviews and ask for references.
Flying is not a disaster for your pet
Here at Starwood Animal Transport, we talk to pet owners every day. So we sometimes hear from people who are concerned about allowing their pet to fly. Here’s the thing. Rarely, something goes wrong when an animal can be injured or die. But airlines around the world transport well over half a million animals each year, with an exceptionally small number of negative incidents. So you can be confident choosing air transportation for your pet, even if ground is an alternative.
Flying is faster. If you’re worried about separation anxiety, it’s definitely the way to go. Your pet shipping pros know which airlines have the most efficient itineraries. Better yet, they know which ones are the most pet-friendly. Working with a knowledgeable, caring shipper should allay any fears about potential pet transport disasters.
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