Animals Away Animals Away Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:31:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Prepare Your Dog for Travel Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:10:24 +0000 Hello, and welcome back to our blog. In today’s post, we’d like to explore some ways to prepare your dog for travel. At Animals Away, our priority is the health, safety, and well-being of your canine companion from the very beginning of their journey until they arrive safely at their final destination. While our team of pet relocation experts provides full-service pet shipping, you will want to familiarize yourself with the basic requirements for domestic and international dog shipping, and the ways you can prepare your fuzzy friend for travel. Please continue reading below.

Help Your Dog Adapt to a Kennel

While some dogs are used to being kenneled, many are not. Either way, you’ll want to choose a proper kennel (that is IATA approved) for your dog, and more importantly, you’ll want to familiarize your pet with the confines of a kennel. Because they will be confined to the kennel during their relocation, we recommend introducing them to the kennel in the weeks and even months before they travel. This will help reduce the stress that is often associated with pet travel over long distances. Rather, getting them accustomed to a kennel enclosure will make them feel more comfortable on their journey.  

Learn the Basic Requirements of Shipping Your Dog

As a responsible dog owner, you’ll want to understand the basic requirements of transporting your canine companion. These requirements include the following:

  • IATA Approved Kennel: Animals Away provides IATA approved kennels for any size dog, or you may also use your own kennel which must be plastic (no wire or folding kennels), feature a metal door, and include water bowls. For maximum comfort and safety, your dog must be able to stand up and turn around easily in the kennel without slouching. Accessories such as chew toys, bones, etcetera can be attached to the top of the kennel, but cannot travel within it.
  • Health Certificate: You’ll need a health certificate from your vet dated within 10 days of your pet’s journey, clearing your pet for travel. This certificate should offer proof of your dog’s current rabies vaccination, and any other vaccinations your pet requires. You can either choose your own vet to supply this documentation, or our team can provide this for you. For international relocation, you’ll want to check specific pet transport requirements, as some countries have specific pet guidelines, while some even require blood work for your pet, which can take as long as six months.          

Health & Feeding

We recommend walking your dog regularly in the days before travel, as well as immediately before we pick them up. You’ll want to give them plenty of water and reduce their food quantity the day before transport; however, do not feed them within eight hours of travel, although treats are alright to keep them calm. We recommend absolutely no sedation, as airlines do not accept sedated animals.

Our Full, Door-to-Door Service

We hope you have found these travel preparation tips helpful as you ready your dog for their big trip. While we want you to be fully aware of the transport requirements, our expert team at Animals Away handles all the required documentation, adheres to transport guidelines, provides safe, comfortable kennels for dog’s journey, while also administering all the relocation arrangements and airline planning. As pet owners, we know that transporting your pet can be unnerving, but we want to assure you of our commitment to the safety and health of your dog. We look forward to safely and comfortably relocating your dog with the utmost care and compassion. Call Animals Away today for a free quote and to schedule your pet’s journey.

How to Choose the Right Crate for Your Pet Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:00:56 +0000 Choosing the right crate will make dog transport and other pet travel much simpler. Your animal will be safe and secure, and having an IATA-approved crate will prevent denials and delays at the check-in counter. Pet travel policies usually are standard among airlines but each airline may have slightly different standards on crates, so check with them beforehand. As a general rule, however, your crate should meet all of the following general requirements:

Materials: Airline-approved materials for pet shipping crates must be rigid, sturdy and solid. Fiberglass, metal, rigid plastic and metal mesh are, in general, all approved for animal transportation. Solid wood is also accepted by many airlines, but some will refuse it, so it is important to check beforehand.

Size: You carrier should be just large enough for your pet to sit down, stand up, turn around and lie back down without touching the sides. has a helpful guide for measuring your pet’s physical dimensions and converting them into a standard crate size.

Door and Sides: Crate doors must latch securely with spring-loaded latches, and the latch pins must extend 5/8 in. beyond the horizontal protrusions located above and below the door. It is also strongly recommended that you use a crate with a metal door and steel hardware. Make sure that the door is nose- and paw- proof to prevent injury to your pet. We also suggest that you secure the corners of the door with cable ties.

In addition to being made of sturdy, airline-approved material, the sides should be well-ventilated and should not be collapsible. It is required that two sides have ventilation for domestic flights and that four sides have ventilation for international flights. We recommend that you choose a crate with a solid roof—no top door or ventilation. There should also be handles on the long sides of the crate.

Interior: The crate should have a solid, leak-proof bottom and no interior protrusions or handles that could bump and injure your pet. Cover the bottom with a layer of absorbent cloth (such as training pads) and secure food and water bowls to the inside of the front door where they can be refilled without opening the crate. Do not include any hard toys or other objects that could hurt your animal while they are in transport.

Labels: Make a label with your pet’s name and your home and cell phone numbers, the destination address and phone number, emergency contact information, your pet’s medical conditions and nutritional needs (if any) and a recent picture of your pet. Laminate the label and attach it to the crate with duct tape. Attach medical and travel documents, as well, and attach a leash to the outside if you can.

We recommend that you purchase your crate a few months in advance of your flight so you can train your pet to get used to being in it for long periods of time. If you need help, Animals Away can help you select the proper crate and offer more useful advice on how to prepare your pet for travel.

How to Prepare Your Pet for International Travel Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:56 +0000 An overseas move doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking, even if you’re relocating with a pet. Still, we understand why you might be concerned. You love your pet and want them to travel comfortably, and an international move involves enough preparation and planning that shipping your pet across the ocean might start to feel burdensome. We’ve come up with this handy guide so that you have the basics at your disposal.

Take a Trip to the Vet

Before your pet travels internationally, a veterinarian must certify that they are healthy and free from diseases like rabies, as well as provide documentation thereof. This medical examination may need to be completed up to six months before your pet’s travel date, so make sure that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Depending on the country that your pet will be flying into, it might need different vaccinations and tests. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll have to figure this out on your own. Your vet will be able to provide you with information in most cases, and a pet shipping service, like Animals Away, will also help you determine what kind of examination your pet needs.

Prepare Travel Documents

After your trip to the vet, you’ll receive proof of health records and vaccination, plus a crucial certificate of veterinary inspection that needs to be validated by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Keep copies for your records, and make sure that you pet travels with the documentation in addition to your contact information, proof of information and an ID tag.

If you find that this kind of documentation is a headache, Animals Away offers paperwork preparation as part of our pet shipping services.

Find the Right Crate

Your pet needs to travel in an International Air Travel Association-approved kennel that is the correct size. Finding the right crate isn’t complicated. Make sure that the crate is made of plastic with metal bolt closures, are these are the only kind that airports will accept—crates with clips or dials are not approved. The crate should be just big enough that your pet can stand up, turn around and lie down in their natural position and, of course, should have proper ventilation. Animals Away can provide a crate for you if you use our pet shipping services.

It’s normal for pets to become nervous while flying in a crate. Acclimate them to the crate by making it a comfortable environment at home a few weeks before the scheduled flight date. Place food, water, blankets and toys in the crate and let your pet spend time there. This will make them much less anxious during their flight, because they will be in a familiar environment. A human escort might be more appropriate for pets who are especially uneasy flyers and don’t do well in a crate, even with prior preparation.

Just Before the Flight

On the day of your pet’s travel, give them a light meal eight hours before they enter their crate, but restrict their food intake otherwise. Do give them plenty of water, and let them out to relieve themselves as close to the flight time as possible. The IATA firmly recommends against giving your pet tranquilizers for anxiety, as sedatives and other tranquilizers can pose a threat to your pet’s health. Tranquilizing your pet should only be done under the instruction of a veterinarian.

By following this guide, you can simplify the process of your international move and ensure that your pet stays happy and healthy.

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